Fountainhead is a specialized long-term media surfactant formulation designed to improve and maintain uniform water movement, distribution, retention, drainage and air: water ratios in water repellent container mixes. Fountainhead incorporates a blend of two uniquely different, but highly complementary block surfactants in combination with a novel graft polymer surfactant that is capable of significantly extending the performance and efficiency envelope of Fountainhead’s surfactant activity. This unique surfactant combination is ideally suited for growers looking for a longer lasting solution for water repellent container media.
Fountainhead Media Surfactant
New Approach to Extended Surfactant Performance and Improved Media Efficiency
At the heart of the Fountainhead surfactant technology are new copolymerization processes that allow selected surfactant candidates to be grafted onto a large fully functional surfactant parent molecule in a manner similar to branches on a tree. In Fountainhead, this branched sequence of independent copolymer surfactants is used to increase hydration characteristics of the medium as well as provide a means to compensate for microbial degradation of the surfactant’s structure — the primary cause of performance decay.
Leading Edge Hydration Strategy
The variability of the medium’s components present problems for traditional or “older” media surfactants. Use of only a single surfactant in these formulations may not be adequate to provide acceptable hydration to various components throughout the container mix. A surfactant that demonstrates superior hydration characteristics on peat moss, may fall short in how well it and how long it works on bark, perlite or other materials in the mix.
Fountainhead makes use of an advanced combination of three surfactant technologies – two-block polymer surfactants in addition to its longer lasting branch copolymer surfactant. These surfactants have been selected specifically for their unique hydration properties, their impact on water movement into and within the medium and their overall contribution to improved air-to-water ratios.
General Substrate Applications: Apply Fountainhead at 2 – 4 fl. oz. per cubic yard (45-90 ml. per cubic meter). Apply Fountainhead in enough water to ensure uniform coverage thru out the substrate. Fountainhead can be applied in 2 gallons solution per cubic yard (6 liters per cubic meter). Spray surfactant solution uniformly during blending of media.
For Harder to Wet Substrates: Apply Fountainhead at 4 – 7 fl oz. per cubic yard (90-160 ml. per cubic meter). Thoroughly mix the Fountainhead in a 2 gallon per cubic yard (6 liter per cubic meter)) solution and spray surfactant solution uniformly during blending of media.
Ornamentals Production Use Rates: Fountainhead should be applied in a 400 to 600 PPM (5.1 – 7.6 fl oz/100 gal of water / 155-230 ml / 400 liters of water) drench procedure. Fountainhead can be reapplied at a 400 to 600 PPM (5.1 – 7.6 fl oz/100 gal of water / 155-230 ml / 400 liters of water) drench every 6 weeks or as needed.
For Untreated Substrates or Harder to Wet Substrates during production: Apply Fountainhead at 500 to 600 PPM (6.3 – 7.6 fl oz/100 gal of water / 190-230 ml / 400 liters of water) drench. Reapply Fountainhead on a 7 to 10 day intervals.
For Treatment Prior to shipment: Apply Fountainhead at 400 to 600 PPM (5.1 – 7.6 fl oz per 100 gal of water / 155-230 ml / 400 liters of water) drench 1 to 2 weeks before shipment of plant material.
Fountainhead can be applied thru fertilizer and irrigation injection systems.