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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

A Natural Plant Anti-freeze
Untreated and Treated Solanum

Yesterday, at the international Four Oaks trade exhibition near Manchester in England, a little known company called Cropaid won the show’s prestigious Technical Excellence Award for an innovative new natural anti-freeze product. Called Cropaid NPA it is produced using a subspecies of Thiobacillus bacteria and minerals in a formula, which the company claims is both natural and safe for the environment. Cropaid NPA offers several benefits to plants. It is freeze resistant and lowers the freezing point so it helps to increase the plants’ resistance to cold injuries.

During the growing season, applying the correct dosage at the right time will encourage the plants to produce anti-freeze proteins and anti-freeze amino acids which will increase resistance to cold and frost injuries. Cropaid NPA is formulated to be absorbed by both the leaves and roots of plants. Within a short period of time, plants will respond by increasing their metabolic rate, resulting in an increase of their content of anti-freeze amino acids and proteins, sugars, oils, vitamins, and minerals. However, the company warns that the product will not enable plants to grow outside of their normal habitats and will only temporarily assist plants for up to fifteen days after application.

The product has undergone vigorous commercial trials under the auspices of the UK’s Agricultural Development and Advisory Service (ADAS) and come out with flying colours. The product would seem to be the perfect solution for protecting plants at critical times, especially during the spring in temperate districts, when late frosts and cold spells can be so damaging.
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