MaxCel® is a state-of-the-art formulation of the plant growth regulator 6-benzyladenine (6-BA). This compound, a cytokinin, can do many things, including chemically thinning apples and pears. The powerful thinning effect of MaxCel adjusts crop load, resulting in the best returns per acre, and ensuring return bloom. This reduces the need for hand thinning and saves growers money. Additionally, MaxCel stimulates cell division, resulting in increased fruit size at harvest – even on difficult-to-size apple varieties such as Gala, Fuji, and Empire.
MaxCel benefits are also apparent in some pear varieties such as Bartlett and Bosc.
Applied post-bloom, MaxCel’s thinning activity can be combined with conventional thinning agents such as carbaryl or naphthalene acetic acid (NAA). Specific recommendations are dependent on the variety being thinned and on the local registration status of each thinner.
MaxCel offers a number of advantages over other 6-BA products. Its superior formulation includes a built-in surfactant for better, rapid uptake under a wide range of conditions. Growers using MaxCel can also take advantage of extensive VBC technical support, which includes field researchers and technical service personnel located in more than 50 countries.
Always read and follow the label instructions when using any VBC product.