May 30, 2018
New Water Soluble Fertilizers with Black Iron Now Available

Growers of petunias and other high iron-demanding plants now have two new water-soluble fertilizer solutions to encourage healthy, compact growth.

ICL Specialty Fertilizers has introduced Peters Professional Petunia Special and Peters Professional Peat-Lite Flowering Crop Plant Special, both of which now contain black iron, a new iron HBED chelate, the strongest chelate available in horticulture. Both of the new formulations also provide elevated levels of magnesium to balance the high calcium levels in harder water.

“Chelates are molecular structures that protect the nutrient and keep it in a plant available form,” said Kurt Brace, ICL Specialty Fertilizers’ ornamental horticulture marketing manager for the Americas. “We refer to the new iron HBED chelate as ‘black iron’ because the solution appears black when mixed in the stock tank.”

Peters Professional Petunia Special 20-3-19 contains black iron and two additional chelated irons. This M-77 chelated system is a technologically advanced, proprietary mixture from ICL Specialty Fertilizers that provides plants with essential micronutrient nutrition and trace element sources blended at defined ratios. Petunia Special contains high nitrate (N) and low phosphate levels to encourage healthy, attractive growth in petunias and other flowering plants. Its B (Base) formulation can be used alone or rotated with a C (Customizing) component, and it’s effective for all water types.

Peters Professional Peat-Lite Flowering Crop Special 15-3-25 is a new extra-iron formula that’s also ideal for plants like petunias that demand high amounts of iron, but also thrive in growing media with lower pH. It contains black iron as well as DTPA, EDTA, extra magnesium and a full range of essential micronutrients. Like the Petunia Special, growers can use Flowering Crop Special’s B (Base) formulation alone or rotate it with a C (customizing) component, and it’s effective for all water types.

“The Association of American Plant Food Control officials recently approved HBED chelated iron for registration in the U.S.,” Brace said. “Because we were already running trials on it last season, it didn’t take us long to submit these two new formulations for state approval and offer them to our grower customers. Being on the cutting edge of fertilizer technology like this is yet another example of how ICL Specialty Fertilizers strives to provide growers with products that will help them produce beautiful, healthy crops that will have a positive impact on their bottom lines.”

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