Overwintering anti-transpirant - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by donp43
October 28, 2010
I purchased a common boxwood shrub and plan to plant in November. Tag THDA1811 says to apply anti-transpirant before freeze. What is

Answer from NGA
October 28, 2010
Antidesiccants, also called antitranspirants, are products that slow the loss of water from plant leaves. The best reason to apply such a product is to stop or reduce the amount of water being lost through leaves at times when roots are unable to take up sufficient water. Without the help of an anti?desiccant, leaves can scorch or a plant could even die. For winter protection, spray the leaves with an antidesiccant in late fall and then again toward the end of winter. Spray only when temperatures are above freezing. One brand of antidesiccant is Wilt-Pruf but there are others on the market. Best wishes with your new boxwood!

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