Blame it All on My Roots

Build a strong foundation to help your plants achieve peak performance

{Sponsored} Producing high-quality plants is not for the faint of heart and most growers face their fair share of challenges throughout the growing season. Even in a so-called “controlled environment,” plants are often subject to a wide array of external stressors—and most are not so easy to control. From abiotic stress caused by fertility issues, drought, cold, heat, and mechanical injury to biotic stress caused by insects and diseases, we push plants to their physical extremes. In an effort to help your plants get through the stressful bits, set them up for success with a strong foundation. And when it comes to plants, the best foundation is a healthy, well-established root system.

BASF fungicides are powerful by design — to deliver proven plant health benefits including superior disease control. Our Intrinsic® brand fungicides, including Pageant® Intrinsic brand fungicide and Empress® Intrinsic brand fungicide, prime plants for resilience and prepare the whole plant, particularly roots, for difficult conditions. These plant health benefits help plants overcome stressful events through enhanced root system retention. And what that means to you is a stronger, healthier root system that powers plants to weather the “Stress Storms.”

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Apply Pageant Intrinsic brand fungicide to unrooted cuttings and seedlings during propagation to control disease, speed up callous formation and enhance root development. Drench rooted plugs and transplants with Empress Intrinsic brand fungicide to prevent major root diseases and grow dramatically longer, denser root systems.

Pythium, Phytophthora, Rhizoctonia, Fusarium, and Berkeleyomyces (formerly Thielaviopsis) are the key players when it comes to root diseases. Diseases caused by these pathogens are easily overlooked or mistaken for other issues (think nutritional deficiencies and irrigation woes) until it’s too late. There is no “cure” for root rot, so prevent disease before it starts with preventive fungicide applications.

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Let Intrinsic brand fungicides serve as the foundation of your spray program. Pair with broad-spectrum fungicides like Avelyo® fungicide, a next generation demethylation inhibitor, with exceptional plant safety, or specialist products like Orvego® fungicide, a Phytophthora specialist with dual-active, anti-sporulant activity, to boost a spectrum of disease control. Start strong with a healthy and robust root system to avoid costly losses later in production.

Let’s put down our roots and watch them grow. Together, we’ll be Pioneers of Plant Health.

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