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Wetting Agent

Pack size: 
10 litres and 200 litres
Mode of action: 
Penetrant and Polymer

Deeper thinking
Introduction to Qualibra: Deeper Thinking
Qualibra is an exciting new concept in wetting agent technology. With Qualibra, water quickly moves away from the surface, and then is held more evenly and to greater depth within the root zone for better utilisation by turf plants. 

Qualibra is an exciting new development in wetting agent technology:

  • Quick water movement away from the soil surface
  • Better moisture retention deep and evenly in the root zone

Potential for more efficient irrigation
Further trials have shown that Qualibra treated soils retain moisture more effectively in the root zone and can make better use ofirrigation resources.  
After 10 mm irrigation on a hydrophobic dry soil core of a typical sand used in green construction, soil moisture content was 50% higher with Qualibra, compared to the average with existing wetting agents tested. 
Qualibra returned the soil to optimum 15 – 20% moisture content after 19 mm of irrigation – over 25% better performance than other wetting agents. In fact, with some other wetting agents over 50% more irrigation would have been required to get the soil back to the desired  moisture content. 

Application advice

  • Commence applications before the period of stress, would typically be applied from early spring to autumn, but can be applied throughout the year if required. 
  • Best performance comes from applications at 4 to 6 week intervals

It is a penetrant and polymer combined for maximum performance from a wetting agent. 

Qualibra can help turf managers to:

  • Maintain plant health and playing surface quality
  • Prevent damaging dry patch developing
  • Make better use of irrigation resources
  • Reduce effects of drought
  • Retain healthy root mass

Dynamic penetrant and powerful polymer

Growing pressures – Qualibra helps you deliver superior turf health and quality

Qualibra is a further advance in water management technology to help create consistently better quality turf that will enhance the playing experience.

What makes Qualibra more effective?
Qualibra combines a unique and dynamic penetrant to move moisture, with a powerful polymer to hold moisture. Most current wetting agents are either just a penetrant type – with small molecules designed to move water away from the surface quickly, but not hold it – or large molecule block co-polymers, which hold water effectively but are not so effective at moving and distributing it through the root zone.

Qualibra has been designed with the ability to quickly move water away from the surface to retain firm playing surfaces – then hold moisture deeper and more evenly in the root zone to prevent dry patch forming and invigorate root and plant health.

Qualibra Wetting Agent South Africa
Qualibra shows exceptional turf safety. Microscopy studies after application have shown Qualibra has no adverse effect on the leaf wax layer. 

Qualibra rooting for quality. Qualibra has been shown to encourage: 

  • Greater root mass
  • Deeper roots
  • Better root retention

Healthier root retention helps turf:

  • Make better use of water resources – rain and irrigation
  • Utilise available nutrients more effectively
  • Recover faster from periods of stress
  • Stronger plants maintain better playing surface quality throughout the season

Qualibra enhanced root development
Qualibra enhanced root development

Turf plants with stronger rooting systems are best placed to take most advantage of the better retention of soil moisture in the root zone.

The colour of health
The colour of health

The result of the turf safety and enhanced plant health has seen Qualibra treated turf retain green colour for longer under the most testing conditions. STRI visual appraisal of treated turf at The Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, showed the colour of unirrigated fairway-type turf retained at 63% in mid-summer assessments, compared to an unacceptable 45% on untreated areas.

The science of wetting agent design and formulation
Now there’s a way to effectively move water through the surface layer, whilst retaining crucial soil moisture in the root zone to maintain turf health. Syngenta formulation specialists engineered a new product that combines the best attributes of both penetrants and polymers.

  • Actively alleviate hydrophobic issues
  • Hold soil moisture deeper and more evenly throughout the root zone
  • Retained water holding capacity for up to six weeks
  • Achieve continuously high levels of performance between applications

Qualibra is a wetting and water conservation agent that has been developed to help in the management of water in turfgrass root zones, and to help prevent dry patch (localised dry spot).

Talking Turf are our distributors in South Africa, to buy Syngenta’s Qualibra Wetting Agent for your turf or golf course today, just click here

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Implementation particular terms

For best practice irrigate in with 2 - 3mm water immediately after application

Mixing and spraying

Use the Syngenta XC08 nozzle

Water volume

700 - 1000 litres / ha


Normally 2- 3 bar pressure using the Syngenta XC08 nozzle

  • In the event of a Toxic or Transport Emergency in South Africa please telephone +27 (0) 8312 33 911 at any time


    • Contains both penetrant & polymer
    • Available in large packs


    • Water is removed from surface keeping putting speeds up and reducing reducing disease start up. Water is retained in top soil providing better turf quality and maintaining root growth in dry conditions
    • Economic for fairway use