Grants Pass, Ore. — CytoFlor, a formulation of the PGR 6-benzyladenine (6-BA), is now labeled for use on ornamental plants. Produced by Valent BioSciences — a company specializing in plant growth regulators (PGR) — CytoFlor is made from a PGR formulation that has been used in the agriculture industry for many years. The formulation provides rapid absorption into the leaf, which in turn aims to reduce runoff and assure a faster delivery, along with thorough and efficient plant utilization of the active ingredient.
6-BA, the active ingredient in CytoFlor, is an essential plant hormone for the growth and overall development of plants. 6-BA promotes cell division and differentiation in plant roots and shoots and by applying this plant hormone, growers can harness these natural processes to gain greater control over the growth and habit of many ornamental plants. By promoting cell division, application of CytoFlor during vegetative growth can increase lateral or basal branching to create more compact and marketable plants. Application of the product can also increase flower bud formation when applied during the reproductive stage through its promotion of cell differentiation, according to the company.
Key ornamental crops that could benefit from this product include Christmas Cactus, Hosta spp., containerized annual and perennial flowering and foliage crops, containerized tropical plants, non-edible plants and non-bearing fruit trees, and ornamental apple and pear trees.
CytoFlor is for professional use only and is not available for retail purchase. Beginning in fall 2019, professional horticulture distributors will be receiving their first shipments of the product. Find a distributor in your region by searching Mycorrhizal Applications’ distribution network on its distributor map here.
Read all directions on the label thoroughly before handling or utilizing this product. Click here for more CytoFlor product information. Currently CytoFlor is not available for sale in California.