• Golf Management, Ornamental, Sports Turf
  • Feb 18, 2021

Plant Surfactants: How JetShield™ Changes the Game

JetShield jug sitting on grass

Not all turf and ornamental surfactants are the same. When it comes to raising greenhouse plants, you want a surfactant that helps spread nutrients over the plant's surface more evenly.

JetShield™ surfactant does just that.

It's an organic-based, non-ionic, organosilicone product. What does all this mean?

It means that JetShield outperforms the industry-standard surfactants thanks to its specialized formulation. Let's get into the details.

What are Surfactants and How Do They Work?

Before we delve into JetShield, we need to say what surfactants do and don't do. The main purpose of a surfactant is to reduce the surface tension between two things, such as a liquid and another liquid or a liquid and a solid.

A surfactant isn't a nutrient. It's not a pesticide. It serves no benefit to a plant when it's used alone.


If it is not used alone, it can help whatever nutrient, pesticide or water application that's applied with it. In other words, it can be applied when combined in the tank with a product to improve the product's spread over the surface.

What is JetShield Surfactant?

Let's build on the subject of a surfactant. Ever seen how a water droplet falls onto the surface of a leaf? It bubbles up into a fine droplet shape. It doesn't go anywhere unless the droplet lands on a curved surface, making it slide down the surface and off the leaf.

If it weren't for the curvature, the droplet would sit where it landed. A surfactant makes whatever liquid that hits the surface have a wider spread. While many surfactants do this, only JetShield creates a wider spread.

JetShield is a leading surfactant from WinField United Professional. Yes, it's a surfactant, but it has a specialized formula to make it deliver greater results than the leading product.

It's an organic-based organosilicone surfactant, which was developed for herbicide applications in agricultural operations. However, it can also be used for horticultural, industrial and turf applications.

What it does is significantly reduce the surface tension on the leaves, allowing more thorough penetration and optimum wetting and spreading on the surfaces. It spreads wider than the leading surfactant, allowing the plant nutrients or herbicides to spread wider over the surface. It reduces watering requirements and the need to reapply herbicides or plant nutrients in a short period.

The Benefit of Using a Surfactant

Using JetShield for greenhouse and nursery plantings will yield better results than applying nutrients without it. An organosilicone like JetShield enhances the properties of the combined tank-mix, such as providing:

  • Faster spreading and wetting
  • More uniform droplet deposition
  • Better absorption on the leaves and stems

When the droplet falls on the leaf, JetShield helps it to spread farther over the surface. This results in more coverage and fewer applications, saving you money and time on repeat applications while also providing greater results.

Does JetShield Really Work?

JetShield has been tested in lab settings for spread, dry time and mixability with a variety of products like herbicides and liquid nutrients. In the tests where the focus was on spread and dry times, JetShield outperformed the industry standard products by as much as four times.

Absolute coverage is necessary to achieve maximum control. JetShield is very beneficial when spraying contact products. When you apply JetShield, you're maximizing coverage and spreading of the product, thus achieving greater results in the greenhouse or plant nursery.

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