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1-Naphthaleneacetic acid (syn. 1-Napthyl acetic acid), a synthetic plant hormone, the active ingredient in SUPERthrive

SUPERthrive is a liquid concentrated growth enhancer product for plants, which has been available since 1940. It contains ".09% vitamin B1, .048% 1-Naphthyl acetic acid",[1] plus over 50 secret proprietary ingredients that the company does not disclose.

The packaging says that it should be included in the normal fertilizing program to improve some 50 phases of horticulture.

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 Wisconsin and South Dakota as an unregistered pesticide.

In 1972, six votes in the U.S. Congress protected SUPERthrive from competition. The legislation was supported by 36 professional, trade and horticultural associations, and over 3,000 professional petitions.[citation needed]

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

The SUPERthrive product claims to have 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 19 February 2008
  2. ^ "City of Longwood, FL Commission Meeting Minutes and Documents". Retrieved 20 February 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Harris Country, TX Invitation to Bid". 1 March 1997. Archived from the original (.doc) on 25 August 2004. Retrieved 20 February 2008. 
  4. ^ "Lawn & Landscape Magazine :: News :: Vitamin Institute Biochemist wins Lifetime Achievement Award". Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Lawn and Garden Marketing and Distribution Association Membership". Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2008. 

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, 3–5 November 1998.

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