Organic Frost Protection for Horticulture. “ThermoMax has provided a better than 50% increase in fruit set (on apples) over the control at –2 degrees of frost.” Since that research was done, the spring seasons of 2003 - 2009 in Bay of Plenty have continually shown excellent results on many fruit crops, when sprayed with ThermoMax. With -2C being commonly protected against, especially where ThermoMax was sprayed twice at 7 day intervals, followed by 2-3 week follow up sprays. In line with the HortResearch study on apples. -3.5C frosts appear to have left a 30% crop loading on kiwifruit. Lesser results are experienced when the treated plants are nutrient stressed due to poor fertilisation or from 'girdling'.
Kiwifruit, Grapes, Avocados, Stonefruit, Pipfruit, Tamarillos, Passionfruit and many garden shrubs have been well protected by ThermoMax, in many regions of New Zealand and Australia.
Earlier flowering, especially in the following season, has been reported on most fruit types as well as increased flowering and fruit set. On Kiwifruit, it is regularly reported to bring flowering forward, by around 12 days. This early beginning to the season has also translated into earlier harvest dates.
Trials on Avocados during the 2005 winter confirmed that ThermoMax works through increasing the internal temperature of the plants sprayed. On Grapes, growers have found an evening out of growth between lower grapes and those further up a hill, due to this process.
250mls per hectare in the amount of water you normally use. 1 litre covers 4 hectares, 100mls per acre and for garden sprayers use 2 mls per litre per 80 square meters, apply ThermoMax twice, at 7 day intervals, followed by 2-3 weekly follow up sprays. It is best to have ThermoMax on two days before the frost if possible. Good results have been reported when applied the afternoon before the frost. A few days before the fourth application of ThermoMax, apply Etherics 1000 as directed. Etherics 1000 can be included in with any other spray round products.
$80 per hectare per application.Discounts are in place for large quanities.
Best for orchard and fruiting crops. Has worked well on Tamarillos, Avocado, Kiwifruit, Grapes, Citrus, Stonefruit and Pipfruit. Annual plants and flowers can be 'bought on' faster than expected.