A Form Of Winter Care For Shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Evanston, Il
Question by franconeri20
November 19, 2010
What does it mean to apply an anti-transpirant to an azalea before freezing weather?


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Answer from NGA
November 19, 2010

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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.

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