New Syngenta biostimulant boosts stress tolerance in ornamentals

Hicure, a powerful, natural and flexible biostimulant, has been launched by Syngenta and will be distributed by ICL.

The liquid formulation contains a blend of easily absorbed amino acids and peptides proven to improve plant quality and boost tolerance to environmental stresses such as drought and high temperatures.

“Hicure provides the nitrogen-rich molecules that are the building blocks for all the complex enzymes and other proteins the plant manufactures,” says Glenn Kirby, UK technical manager for Syngenta Ornamentals.

“Healthy plants produce their own amino acids through complex physiological processes but it takes energy that could otherwise be used for other aspects of growth and development. Under stress, they can stop producing amino acids and start breaking down some proteins so the amino acids can be reused to build proteins needed elsewhere. That’s a large drain on the plant’s resources of energy.

“By providing a natural source of ready-made amino acids and peptides during periods of abiotic stress, you can help to bypass this process, delivering the necessary building blocks for the plant to create the proteins it needs. This saves energy and stops the waste of breaking down existing proteins.

“The result is the plant can then make more efficient use of its resources, conserve energy and is better able to withstand stress.”

Hicure is best used as a regular spray or drench treatment, with optimum results achieved when used before crucial crop development phases such as flowering; to aid establishment when potting on; or when environmental stresses are expected – such as hot weather or before dispatch. You don’t need any specialist equipment to apply Hicure and it’s compatible with most crop protection and fertiliser products.

“In our trials with growers in Europe we’ve found Hicure helps plants counteract stress during transport and on the garden centre bench and combats wilting in cut flowers,” says Glenn. “Weekly applications to lavender on the nursery improved root growth and flowering after planting out.”

Hicure is the first product Syngenta is launching exclusively in partnership with the professional horticulture division of ICL.

“Biostimulants and other biological products are becoming an increasingly important element of growers’ crop management programmes and we aim to lead development in this field,” says Daniel Lightfoot, Syngenta Ornamentals UK business manager. “ICL is a recognised authority in plant health and nutrition and we’re looking forward to collaborating with them to help growers make the most effective use of Hicure and a range of other new products we have under development.”

ICL has already been working with nurseries such as bedding and pot plant producer Arden Lea Nurseries in Lancashire on trials to help growers get the best from Hicure under UK conditions.

“Our partnership with Syngenta Ornamentals should bring real benefits to growers,” says ICL marketing communications manager Adam Ferjani.

“We know from our long relationship with them in turf and landscape that there’s a lot of synergy between our technical teams. It means a great choice of products to complement our existing growing media and fertiliser range, backed by Syngenta’s worldwide R&D expertise.”

Hicure is available from all ICL’s distribution partners and comes in 1L packs enabling growers of all sizes to use it efficiently to manage plant quality.

For additional technical information about Hicure visit syngentaornamentals.co.uk/horticultureproduct/hicure.

To find your ICL distributor visit icl-sf.com/uk-en/dealers or call ICL’s customer service team on 01473 237111

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