CrossOver Hort

From Soil to Plant™

Producers of horticultural crops are challenged every day to maintain plant health and development. From managers of wholesale ornamental nurseries to fruit and vegetable growers, input costs are high and the risks are great. Production decisions must be timely and on-target from fertilizer inputs to irrigation to management of insects and disease.  The margin for error is slim for horticulturalists. Any type of plant stress can mean the difference between profit and loss.

Although there are a number of tools to help horticultural managers counteract problems, one tool recently introduced is truly unique.

Called CrossOver Horticulture, it is a silicon-based soil amendment that enables the plant to enhance its defense mechanisms, improving its ability to tolerate stress.

CrossOver can be applied to the soil medium or soilless mixes in container stock, as well as in base soil for horticultural field crops.  Once applied, it establishes a reservoir of water soluble calcium, magnesium and silicon in the soil providing unique benefits to both the plant as well as the soil structure. 

As silicon is absorbed by the plant, it “crosses over” from its role as a soil amendment and influences the amount, timing and extent of the plant’s natural defense systems to reduce problems caused by salt, disease, insect and environmental stresses.

Salt especially is becoming a larger issue than in years past. Efforts to regulate water use have resulted in mandates requiring the horticulture industry use reclaimed and effluent water.  Effluent water can be high in sodium, chloride and bicarbonates and that can cause salt-related stress.

Stress, whether it’s caused by the environment, nutrient deficiencies or living organisms that attack the plant, can undo the best laid plans.  CrossOver can help producers keep plans on track. 

To better understand the science behind CrossOver, we encourage you to refer to our CrossOver Turf Bulletin which can be downloaded on our web site.  The CrossOver Bulletin will also more broadly cover the product’s benefits and uses which will vary by region, soil type and climate.