Product Overview

A-Rest Plant Growth Regulator is the tried and true PGR for plugs, transplants, bedding plants and perennials. A-Rest provides just the right amount of growth regulation. Gentle enough on tender plugs and transplants yet strong enough to adequately regulate perennials.

A-Rest reduces internode elongation resulting in a more compact plant with darker green leaves. A-Rest has no adverse affects to flowers including no flower delay, no residue, and no phytotoxicity. A-Rest also strengthen and tones plants, readying them for transplanting and shipping.

Features
Benefits
Effective short-term growth regulation
Perfect for an out-the-door application to hold plant size and shape before it can be sold
Highly forgiving
Little risk of hardened, stacked plants that are unsaleable
Adequate regulation to tender, less vigorous plants
Avoid over-regulating plants that aren’t able to fill-in after transplanting
Reduced transplant shock
Prevents stretching in the greenhouse yet allows the plant to flourish for the consumer
A-Rest Quick Facts
Use Sites
Greenhouses/Shadehouses, Outdoor Nurseries, Interiorscapes
Crops
Ornamentals such as bedding plants, herbaceous plants, perennials, container ornamentals and shrubs
Recommended Rate
Various
Application
Spray and drench
Restricted-Entry Interval (REI)
12 hours
Active Ingredient
Ancymidol
Mode of Action (PGR Class)
Gibberellic acid biosynthesis inhibitor (Class B

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Suggested Rates on Bedding Plants & Plugs

The amount of A-Rest required for an optimum growth response depends upon pot size, stage of growth, method of application, season and varietal response.

Species-specific cultural practices such as watering, potting media, fertilization and temperature will also affect the growth response to a given dosage. Therefore, you should establish specific application rates based on small-scale treatments under actual use conditions and keep records as to plant species and variety sensitivity. Generally, growers in northern, cooler climates will use rates at the lower end of the range, while growers in warmer, southern climates use rates at the upper end of the ranges listed.

Sprenching Plugs: The sprench technique refers to applying at least 1 gallon of spray solution to 100 square feet, or double a normal spray application volume. The method is intended to place spray solution into the top of the soil media where the root will absorb the active ingredient once emerged. This method allows for early growth control with ease of application and less variation in rates. This treatment should provide growth control for up to two weeks at the correct rate. Fertilizer should not be held back for growth control when using the sprench application. Reapplication may be made when plants are no longer showing growth control.

Crop/Species
Application Rates and Comments
Ageratum
On plugs: 2-6 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 3-7 ppm spray after true leaves have emerged
After transplanting:After transplanting: 8-15 ppm spray (7-10 days after transplanting)
Alyssum
On plugs: 6-10 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 8-16 ppm spray (begin applying when plugs are at full stand)
After transplanting: Not recommended
Aster
On plugs: 6-10 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 7-12 ppm spray (after appearance of 1-2 true leaves)
After transplanting: 15-26 ppm spray (7-10 days after transplanting)
Begonia
On plugs (if needed): 3-5 ppm spray (as needed)
After transplanting: 6-16 ppm spray (1-2 weeks after transplanting)
On hanging baskets: 1/2-1 ppm drench (after a good root system has developed after final transplanting
Celosia
On plugs: 6-10 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 5-10 ppm spray (after appearance of 1-2 true leaves)
After transplanting: 10-15 ppm spray (7-10 days after transplanting)
Cleome
On plugs: 6-10 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 7-12 ppm spray (after appearance of 1-2 true leaves)
After transplanting: 10-15 ppm spray (7-10 days after transplanting)
Coleus
On plugs: 6-10 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 7-12 ppm spray (after appearance of 1-2 true leaves)
After transplanting: 12-20 ppm spray (apply when needed to check growth)
Cosmos
On plugs: 6-10 ppm sprench at seeding, 10-25 ppm spray (after appearance of 1-2 true leaves)
After transplanting: Not recommended
Dahlia (seed)
On plugs: 2-6 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 7-12 ppm spray (after appearance of 2-3 true leaves)
Before transplanting: 10-15 ppm spray (one week before transplanting)
After transplanting: 12-24 ppm spray (7-10 days after transplanting) or 1-3 ppm drench on pots or baskets
Bedding Plants (holding): 15-26 ppm spray or 2-4 ppm drench
Dianthus
On plugs: 6-10 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 10-15 ppm spray (after appearance of 1-2 true leaves)
After transplanting: 15-26 ppm spray (7-10 days after transplanting)
Dusty Miller
On plugs: 6-10 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 5-10 ppm spray (after appearance of 1-2 true leaves)
After transplanting: 7-12 ppm spray (7-10 days after transplanting)
Geranium
On plugs: 6-10 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 26-35 ppm spray (after appearance of 1-2 true leaves)
After transplanting: 33-66 ppm spray (3-7 days after transplanting)
Impatiens
On plugs: 6-10 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 10-20 ppm spray (after appearance of 1-2 true leaves)
After transplanting: 20-33 ppm spray (5-7 days after transplanting) or 2-4 ppm drench
Lobelia
On plugs: 2-6 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 7-12 ppm spray (after appearance of 1-2 true leaves)
After transplanting: 10-15 ppm spray (7-10 days after transplanting)
Marigold
On plugs: 6-10 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 13-20 ppm spray (after appearance of 1-2 true leaves)
After transplanting:18-26 ppm spray (5-7 days after transplanting)
Pansy
On plugs: 2-6 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 3-7 ppm spray (after appearance of 3rd true leaf)
After transplanting: 8-10 ppm spray (7-10 days after transplanting)
Bedding Plants (holding): 11-15 ppm spray
Petunia
On plugs: 2-6 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 10-15 ppm spray (after appearance of 1-2 true leaves)
After transplanting: 15-20 ppm spray (5-7 days after transplanting) 1-2 ppm drench (apply after root system is established)
Phlox
On plugs: 2-6 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 7-12 ppm spray (after appearance of 1-2 true leaves)
After transplanting: 10-15 ppm spray (7-10 days after transplanting)
Portulaca
On plugs: 6-10 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 10-15 ppm spray (after appearance of 3-4 true leaves)
After transplanting: 15-20 ppm spray (7-10 days after transplanting)
Salvia
On plugs: 6-10 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 15-20 ppm spray (after appearance of 1st true leaf)
After transplanting: 20-26 ppm spray (7-10 days after transplanting)
Snapdragon
On plugs: 6-10 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 12-20 ppm spray (after appearance of 1st true leaf)
After transplanting: not recommended
Verbena
On plugs: 6-10 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 12-20 ppm spray (after appearance of 1-2 true leaves)
After transplanting: 15-26 ppm spray (7-10 days after transplanting)
Vinca
On plugs: 2-6 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 7-16 ppm spray (after appearance of 1-2 true leaves)
After transplanting: 10-20 ppm spray (7-10 days after transplanting)
Viola
On plugs: 2-6 ppm sprench at hook, 3-7 ppm spray (after appearance of 3rd true leaf)
After transplanting: 8-10 ppm spray (7-10 days after transplanting)
Bedding Plants (holding): 11-15 ppm spray
Zinnia
On plugs: 2-6 ppm sprench at radicle emergence, 7-12 ppm spray (after appearance of 1-2 true leaves)
After transplanting: 10-15 ppm spray (7-10 days after transplanting)

Suggested Trial Rates on Perennials

The amount of A-Rest required for an optimum growth response depends upon stage of growth, container size, method of application, and seasonal/varietal responses. Cultural practices and environmental conditions such as potting media, irrigation, fertilization, light, humidity and temperature will also affect the growth response to a given dosage.

Therefore, growers should establish and maintain records of application rates based on small-scale treatments under actual use conditions, for individual species and varieties. Generally, growers in northern, cooler climates will use rates at the lower end of the ranges listed. Growers in warmer, southern climates will use rates at the upper end of the ranges.

Note: A-Rest has been found to be effective on the following species of perennials. Unless otherwise noted, A-Rest should be trialed at a base rate of 26 ppm as a foliar spray or at 2 ppm as a soil drench. Adjust rate up or down according to the results obtained in your initial trial.

A-Rest + B-Nine® combinations have been shown to be more effective than either product alone on some perennials. A trial rate of 10 ppm A-Rest + 1,875 ppm of B-Nine is suggested.

Crop/species (responsive variety)
Application Rates and Comments
Achillea
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Alternanthera/Joseph's Coat
Spray 35-132 ppm, Drench 2-4 ppm.
Alcea
Spray 10 ppm in plug stage.
Anacyclus
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Aquilegia (Star series)
Spray 10 ppm A-Rest + 1,875 ppm B-Nine as needed.
Armeria
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Asclepias tuberosa
See Note Above.
Bleeding Heart/Dicentra
See Note Above. When used as a foliar spray at concentrations greater than 132 ppm, curling and burning of foliar will occur.
Bluebell/Campanula rotundifolia
See Note Above.
Boltonia (Pink Beauty)
Spray 15 ppm A-Rest + 1,250 ppm B-Nine as needed.
Catananche
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Clematis
See Note Above.
Columbine
Spray 65-132 ppm, Drench 2-4 ppm (apply when five to eight leaves have developed per plant).
Cornflower
Spray-after transplant 10-15 ppm. Finished 15-26 ppm.
Cosmos
See Note Above.
Crepe
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Delphinium
Spray 30-132 ppm, apply when plants are well rooted but prior to flower initiation, 8 ppm in plug stage; Drench 2-4 ppm.
Echinacea purpurea (Bravado)
Spray up to 100 ppm.
Eupatorium coelestinum
Spray 66-99 ppm.
Gaillardia (Burgundy)
Spray 15 ppm A-Rest + 2.5 ppm Sumagic® as needed.
Gardenia
See note above.
Gaura
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Gerbera Daisy
Spray 25-132 ppm; Drench 2-4 ppm.
Gypsophila
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Helenium
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Hibiscus
Spray 10 ppm in plug stage.
Holly
See note above.
Hydrangea
See note above.
Hyssopus
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Iberis
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Isotoma
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Jasione
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Lantana
See note above.
Lathyrus
Spray 10 ppm-early plug stage if needed.
Lavendar/Lavandula (Lady)
Spray 10 ppm in early plug stage.
Lavandula angustifolia (Munstead Dwarf)
Spray < 100 ppm.
Liatris
See note above.
Lobelia/Lobelia x speciosa (Compliment Scarlet, Queen Victoria)
Spray < 100 ppm.
Linum perenne
Spray 30 ppm.
Lupinus
Spray 10 ppm in early through late plug stage.
Malva
Spray 10 ppm in plug stage.
Moluccella
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Monarda
Spray 10 ppm in early through late plug stage or Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Nemesia
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Nepeta
Spray 10 ppm in early through late plug stage.
Papaver
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Penstemon
Spray 10 ppm in early through late plug stage.
Platycodon
Spray 10 ppm in plug stage.
Poppies
Spray 12 ppm in plug stage.
Primula
Spray 4 ppm in plug stage.
Pyrethrum
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Salvia
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Santolina
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Saponaria
Spray 10 ppm in early through late plug stage.
Scabiosa
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Silena mexicana
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Thymus serpyllum
Spray 10 ppm in plug stage.
Verbascum
Drench 1 ppm stage 3 plugs, 1-2 ppm for finish.
Veronica x (Sunny Border Blue)
Spray < 100 ppm.

Suggested Rates on Bulbs Crops

The amount of A-Rest required for an optimum growth response depends upon pot size, stage of growth, method of application, season and varietal response. Species-specific cultural practices such as watering, potting media, fertilization and temperature will also affect the growth response to a given dosage.

Therefore, you should establish specific application rates based on small-scale treatments under actual use conditions and keep records as to plant species and variety sensitivity. Generally, growers in northern, cooler climates will use rates at the lower end of the range, while growers in warmer, southern climates use rates at the upper end of the ranges listed.

Asiatic Lily

  • 2.4 ppm drench as a trial base rate (Apply 8 oz. for a 6-inch pot when shoots are 3-5 inches tall)

Dahlia tuberous

  • 2-4 ppm drench (Apply to uniformly moist potting soil approximately two weeks after planting) The cultivars Siemen, Doornbosch and Honey may not respond satisfactorily to A-Rest treatment.

Easter Lily

  • 30-70 ppm spray; 50 ppm is the most common rate (Apply when newly developing shoots are 2-3 inches in length; a second application when shoots average 6 inches in length may be needed)
  • 0.5-1.5 ppm drench; 1 ppm is the most common rate
  • If a single drench of 1 ppm is used; it is applied when shoots average 3-5 inches in length.
  • If two applications are scheduled (at 0.5 ppm each), the first is made when shoots are 2-3 inches in length and the second when shoots are 6 inches in length, as with foliar sprays.

Oriental Lily

  • 2 ppm drench as a base rate (Split applications of 0.25 mg per 6" pot have been effective. Apply the first treatment at emergence, the second around 14 days later.)

Tulip

  • 1-4 ppm drench (Apply to moist growing media within 2 to 5 days after planting in greenhouse. Apply 2 ounces of solution to 4-inch pots and 4 ounces of solution to 6-inch pots.)

Always read and follow label directions and precautions.

Suggested Rates on Holiday and Flowering Pot Crops

The amount of A-Rest required for an optimum growth response depends upon pot size, stage of growth, method of application, season and varietal response.

Species-specific cultural practices such as watering, potting media, fertilization and temperature will also affect the growth response to a given dosage.

Therefore, you should establish specific application rates based on small-scale treatments under actual use conditions and keep records as to plant species and variety sensitivity. Generally, growers in northern, cooler climates will use rates at the lower end of the range, while growers in warmer, southern climates use rates at the upper end of the ranges listed.

Azalea

  • 53 ppm base spray (apply after plants have been trimmed)

Chrysanthemum

  • 26-52 ppm spray (best to apply the spray in a split application of 13-26 ppm, one week apart, when auxiliary shoots that develop following the pinch are 2.5-3 inches long)
  • 1-2 ppm drench (apply at same time as spray to plants with good root systems)
  • On sensitive varieties: 26 ppm spray (best to apply the spray in two applications of 13 ppm,one week apart, just before the plants have reached the desired final height)

Poinsettia

  • 1-2 ppm drench (with target height of 6-inch pot being 15 inches, apply when plants are 12-13")
  • May also be applied as a drench after the start of short days.
  • Drench applications of A-Rest after the start of short days have been shown to have very little effect on bract size or quality.

A-Rest is a very effective treatment for controlling the height and improving the quality of poinsettias. A single drench application can be utilized to substitute for several applications of weaker PGR's. A couple of Cycocel applications early in the crop growth cycle may help to even the crop. Drench applications of A-Rest after the start of short days have been shown to have very little affect on bract size or quality. Therefore, A-Rest may have application not only as a treatment to decrease application labor costs but also as a late emergency treatment.

Plants should be pinched and grown under normal cultural and fertilizer regimes.

Application timing: The timing of the application should be based upon the height of the Poinsettias in relation to your height goal. If your final plant height goal is 15" then you should apply A-Rest when the plants are 12-13" tall. Many growers will cull any plants the day before application that are shorter than the 12-13" and treat them later after they have reached 12-13". In this way they get a very uniform crop.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does A-Rest affect plant growth?

Absorbed by roots, leaves and stems, A-Rest inhibits gibberellin synthesis and activity, resulting in shortened stem internodes, and a more compact plant.

A-Rest is a very predictable plant growth regulator with a linear (dose/effect) rate of response. A-Rest has a broader spectrum and greater activity than Cycocel® or B-Nine®, and is less touchy than Bonzi® or Sumagic®, being more forgiving of errors by the applicator. A-Rest also gives you the confidence that the plants that you grow will perform once they are planted in the landscape by your consumers.

2. Does A-Rest have any secondary effects?

Yes, the three main secondary effects that A-Rest has are that the treated plants require less water, are better toned and have a darker green leaf color. Other benefits that growers have noted are that plants treated with A-Rest have increased stem turgor, improved resistance to air pollutants, improved freezing resistance, all resulting from an overall slower growth rate.

3. What plants is A-Rest effective on?

A-Rest is effective on a wide variety of container-grown ornamentals, foliage plants and bedding plants. These include bedding plants, bedding plant plugs, bulbs, Easter lilies, poinsettias, chrysanthemums and foliage plants.

4. Are there any plants that A-Rest would not be a good choice to use on?

A-Rest is not for use on plants grown in the ground, due to high rates required for activity. In addition, growers have observed that A-Rest has little effect on geraniums and impatiens after transplanting. However, A-Rest does work very well on impatien and geranium plugs. A-Rest's best fit is on small but high value containerized plants with confined root systems, where height and plant form managed for optimum quality.

5. When should I apply A-Rest?

As with any growth regulator, the best response occurs when it is applied to the plant while the plant is still small or young. As plants grow, much higher rates of A-Rest are required to maintain the same degree of height control. Growth Regulators are most useful when applied just prior to the plant's rapid growth phase.

6. How to I prepare a solution of A-Rest?

Whether you decide on using A-Rest as a spray or a drench, preparing a solution of A-Rest to use is simple.

  • Spray Solutions: First, using a trial rate or a rate based on your past experiences with A-Rest, decide on the rate that you would like to use on your crop. Next, with the knowledge that one gallon of your solution applied uniformly as a spray will effectively treat a 200 square foot area, determine the amount of solution that you will need to complete your application. Refer to the A-Rest Plant Growth Regulator Rate Chart in order to quickly determine the correct amount of A-Rest to use. After making sure that your sprayer is clean and not contaminated with any foreign substances, fill the spray tank with half the required amount of water. Then, measure out the correct volume of A-Rest. In order to make sure that your solution contains the correct amount of A-Rest, we suggest that you use a graduated cylinder or other similar measuring device that has ounces and/or milliliters clearly marked AFTER you have added the A-Rest to your sprayer, add the remaining amount of water required to complete your solution.
  • Drench Solutions: Again, using a trial rate or a rate based on your past experiences with A-Rest, decide on the rate that you would like to use on your crop. Refer to the A-Rest Plant Growth Regulator Rate Chart in order to quickly determine the correct amount of A-Rest to use.

The only difference that you will encounter when preparing a solution to drench with is determining how much solution you will need. As you know, a one-gallon solution of A-Rest will cover 200 square feet as a foliar spray. However, when preparing a solution of A-Rest for use as a drench, you must calculate the amount of A-Rest solution to prepare in a different way.

First, determine how many pots are going to be drenched. Next, based on the size of the pots, determine how much solution per pot to apply using the following volumetric guidelines:

  • 4 inch pot / 2 ounces of solution per pot
  • 6 inch pot / 4 ounces of solution per pot
  • 8 inch pot / 10 ounces of solution per pot
  • 10 inch pot / 25 ounces of solution per pot
  • 12 inch pot / 40 ounces of solution per pot

Once you determine how many pots need to be drenched and the amount of drench solution to apply to each pot, simply multiply the two numbers together to determine the total amount of solution to prepare to complete your application.

7. How do I apply the A-Rest solution to my crop?

Unlike other plant growth regulators that are only absorbed through the stem and the roots, A-Rest gives you the added benefit of being able to apply it as a foliar spray.

  • When applying A-Rest as a foliar spray, make sure that you concentrate on spraying the foliage uniformly to the point of runoff, not to runoff. This is important because the A-Rest that reaches the soil surface as runoff will cause additional growth regulation from root uptake. The plants being treated should be actively growing and turgid, because wilted leaves will not absorb the chemical as well as turgid ones. In addition, you should apply A-Rest when the foliage is dry to avoid dilution of the chemical and to ensure that the chemical is absorbed quickly.
  • A-Rest is quickly absorbed into the foliage of the plant. The use of a wetting agent is not needed or recommended. When applying A-Rest as a foliar spray, treated plants may be irrigated after the leaves have dried. This may take as little as a half hour depending upon the conditions present in the greenhouse at the time of application.
  • If you decide to use A-Rest as a drench, make sure that the potting soil is uniformly moist before you make the application. This will ensure that the A-Rest you provide the root system with is distributed consistently throughout the potting media. A good way to achieve this is to apply the drench within 12-24 hours after watering the crop. Many growers will water the plants that are going to be treated on a given afternoon and will apply a drench application of A-Rest the following morning in order to achieve optimum results. If the soil media is too wet at the time of application, some of the active ingredient may be lost out of the bottom of the pot. If the soil media is too dry at the time of application, the chemical will likely not be distributed consistently throughout the root system or may run out the sides of the container. In addition, growers have discovered that the use of pine bark in the potting soil mix reduces the effectiveness of soil drench treatments of A-Rest and other plant growth regulators by as much as 25-100%.

8. What amount of A-Rest shall I use to achieve the optimum growth response?

The amount of A-Rest required for an optimum growth response depends upon pot size, stage of growth, method of application, light intensity and varietal response. Species-specific cultural practices such as watering, potting media, fertilization and temperature will also affect the growth response to a given dosage.

Therefore, you should establish specific application rates based on small-scale treatments under actual use conditions and keep records as to plant species and variety sensitivity.

The optimum rate of A-Rest will vary to the plant species. We have assembled information from growers and University research that will help you to determine an initial trial rate on many different species of plants commonly grown in the greenhouse industry. In order to find out at what rate to begin a trial at on a specific crop, consult the Application Rates section. We have organized all of the various crops into five distinctive groups. There are five altogether, including Bedding/Flowering Pot Plants and Plugs, Perennials, Bulbs, Foliage, and Holiday Pot Crops. In addition to giving you the most common rates that growers will use of A-Rest on a particular crop, the guides also give you the best time to apply A-Rest along with any other notes that may be important to you. At this time, the guides concerning perennials and foliage crops do not contain a lot of detail. As we learn more, these guides will be updated accordingly.

In general, growers in the cooler, northern climates will use rates at the lower end of a given rate range, while growers in warmer, southern climates will use rates at the upper end. If you are still in doubt after consulting the information listed in the guides, please call 1-800-419-7779 in order to speak with a SePRO Ornamental Advisor.

9. What kind of data should I record when growing a particular crop?

When it comes to keeping records for any given crop, there is a large variation among growers. When dealing with plant growth regulators, these are the most important items to keep a record of:

  1. Identification of the species and variety
  2. Sowing and/or Transplant Date
  3. Start Week/Finish Week
  4. Treatment Dates/Rates
    • If you purchase your plugs from another grower, try to find out what PGR(s) the plug grower used as well as the application dates/rates of the treatments.
  5. Environmental Irregularities (extended period of cloudy weather or warm temperatures, etc.)
  6. Cultural Irregularities (extreme pH levels, fertilizer levels, etc.)
  7. Other (e.g. a note reminding you that the plugs were transplanted late or were stretched when they came in)
  8. Use a Control for each crop grown. Set a few plants aside before treatment so that a comparison can be made to the treated plants. This will allow you to determine the degree of effectiveness of your PGR program and will help you gauge when to apply the next application until you attain enough experience with using A-Rest on the particular crop.

10. What is the length of control that I should expect from an application of A-Rest?

Growers can depend on A-Rest to provide height control from anywhere from one week to as long as 2-3 months. The length of control when using A-Rest will vary depending on many factors including, but not limited to the plant's growth rate, cultural practices, and the dosage applied. Achieving consistent results when using A-Rest comes mainly with experience and keeping accurate records on how a particular rate effects the growth rate, noting any variables that may be considered different from the norm, such as periods of excessive temperature or cloud cover as well as increases in the application of fertilizers to the plants.

On some species, one treatment of A-Rest may provide the height control that you desire. Depending upon the level of control you require, additional treatments with A-Rest may be necessary. Visible "stretching" of plant terminals indicates that the previous A-Rest treatment is wearing off. At this time, an additional treatment should be considered. Growers who commonly use B-Nine or Cycocel will observe that A-Rest will take effect faster than B-Nine or Cycocel and will hold the growth of the plant for a longer amount of time.

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