Snipper (Indole-3-butyric acid) by Tree Tech is a popular de-flowering agent for sweet gum trees that is used to eliminate young flowers before they fertilize to form gum balls. One application of Snipper® in early spring causes premature death of developing flowers but does not affect foliage. Use Snipper® to eliminate costly maintenance of sweet gum trees in the fall. Proper timing is critical.
The sweet gum trees whose first flush of male flower buds reaches about 1.0 inches tall should be injected with SNIPPER® promptly. The hormone in SNIPPER® is converted to another naturally occurring hormone which is transported through the outer xylem to the flower buds in the canopy. This hormone then kills pollen cells in the male flowers as well as the ovule in the female flowers. These dying tissues cause the formation of an abscission layer at the base of the flowers and these dying flowers are cast off the tree prematurely, with no mature flowers to fertilize and form gum balls in the fall.
Please Note: Proper timing of the injection process is critical to successful deflowering. If some of the flowers are allowed to develop to physiological maturity and fertilize to form young gum balls then injecting SNIPPER® will not result in their removal. SNIPPER® is not a defruiting agent so young sweet gum balls will not be cast early from the tree. We offer no guarantee of any kind with this product.
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