I blogged earlier this week about a new product called Vacation that puts plants in stasis for up to two weeks. The idea is gardeners can go on vacation without finding someone to water their plants, particularly those in containers. My explanation of how this works was perhaps a bit fuzzy on the science — which is my go-to position with regard to science. It turns out Vacation is not the only new anti-transpirant on the market. Today I received a press release from the folks at Gardens Alive announcing a product they call Plant Custodian Drought Protector.
Here’s the blurb from the release explaining how Plant Custodian (and likely Vacation) works:
When mixed with water, it causes plants to increase the production of abscisic acid, a plant hormone responsible for several developmental processes. Raised abscisic acid levels close plants’ stomata (pores) and prevent water loss through transpiration, plants’ same response to a naturally occurring drought.
So, there you have it. It will be interesting to see how many companies come out with a similar product.