What Is Paclobutrazol - Paclobutrazol Information For Lawns

soil drench
soil drench
(Image credit: VvoeVale)

Paclobutrazol is a fungicide that is often used not to kill fungi, but to slow down top growth on plants. This is good for making sturdier, fuller plants and producing fruit more quickly. Keep reading to learn more about paclobutrazol effects and uses.

Paclobutrazol Information

What is paclobutrazol? Technically, paclobutrazol is a synthetic fungicide. While it can be applied to kill fungi, it is much more commonly used as a plant growth regulator. Plant growth regulators are used to slow down the top growth of plants, encouraging root growth and thicker, stouter existent growth. This is especially useful in lawns, as it makes the turf thicker and reduces the need for mowing.

What Does Paclobutrazol Do?

Paclobutrazol works as a plant growth regulator in two ways. First, it inhibits the plant’s ability to produce gibberellic acid, which reduces the plant’s cell length. This makes the plant gain height more slowly. Second, it decreases the destruction of abscisic acid, which makes the plant grow more slowly and lose less water. Basically, it makes the plant stay shorter and stouter for longer.

Additional Paclobutrazol Effects

Paclobutrazol effects are not limited to growth regulation. It is, after all, a fungicide, and it can be used as one. Some research has shown that it can actually be used to kill bacteria. It has also been shown to promote richer, greener growth, and to increase a plant’s ability to take in nutrients and minerals. It can be used in lawns to suppress the growth of unwanted bluegrass.

Tips for Using Paclobutrazol

Paclobutrazol can be absorbed somewhat through the leaves, but it can be taken in much more effectively by a plant’s roots. Because of this, it should be applied as a soil drench. It is also included in some fertilizer mixes. To use paclobutrazol to suppress bluegrass, apply it to your lawn in both the spring and autumn.

Liz Baessler
Senior Editor

The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.