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A 2 oz. bottle of SUPERthrive.
1-Naphthaleneacetic acid (syn. 1-Napthyl acetic acid), a synthetic plant hormone, one of the active ingredients in SUPERthrive

SUPERthrive is a WARF testing lab–certified nontoxic[citation needed] liquid concentrated growth enhancer product for plants, which has been available since 1940. It contains ".09% vitamin B1, .048% 1-Napthyl acetic acid",.[1]

The packaging says that it should be included in the normal fertilizing program to improve some 50 phases of horticulture. The packaging does not claim to have any N-P-K (macro-nutrient fertilizer) or trace minerals.

The hormone 1-Naphthyl acetic acid (NAA) does not occur naturally. Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), products containing NAA require registration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as pesticides. The sale of Superthrive is prohibited in Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Oregon as an unregistered pesticide.

In support of the plant regulator clarification amendment called “A National Tribute” on the SUPERthrive boxes that states: In 1972, 6 unanimous votes in the U.S. Congress protected SUPERthrive's nontoxic and unrivalled formula from pointless, illegal pressures for exposure to piracy. The legislation was supported by 36 leading professional, trade and horticultural associations, and over 3,000 professional petitions affirming their environment-aiding essentially. The nation voiced its concern for availability in the U.S. And the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee General Counsel said “The agriculturists all supported you.”

Uses include transplanting, reviving, and general strengthening of growth of trees and other plants.

The SUPERthrive product has many adherents, not only professional horticulturists, but, according to its packaging: "US Departments of Agriculture, Army, Navy; states, cities,[2] counties,[3] universities."

SUPERthrive was developed by Dr. John A. A. Thomson. He was the first chemist to receive the National Lawn & Garden Marketing & Distribution Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.[4][5]

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  1. ^ SUPERthrive 120 ml (4 oz.) bottle label 02-19-2008
  2. ^ "City of Longwood, FL Commission Meeting Minutes and Documents". Retrieved 2008-02-20. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Harris Country, TX Invitation to Bid" (.doc). March 1, 1997. Retrieved 2008-02-20. 
  4. ^ "Lawn & Landscape Magazine :: News :: Vitamin Institute Biochemist wins Lifetime Achievement Award". Archived from the original on 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  5. ^ "Lawn and Garden Marketing and Distribution Association Membership". Retrieved 2008-03-04. 

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Further reading[edit]

  • Oporto, D.A. and M. Umali-Garcia. 1998c. Superthrive: A vitamin-hormone preparation induced 100% rooting of palosapis (Anisoptera thurifera Fowx.). In Proc. Joint Seminar of 7th Annual Bio-Refor and JSPS Scientific Seminar on “Sustainable Development of Biotechnology in the Tropics”. Traders Hotel, Manila, November 3–5, 1998.