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Active START™

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Promotes germination with significantly greater root growth for hardier seedlings and increased yield.


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Promotes germination with significantly greater root growth for hardier seedlings and increased yield.

Active Start™ contains nutrients and bioactive molecules needed for your newly seeded crop to get off to a strong, healthy start. Active Start is a seed coating that improves germination, boosts root growth, and protects seeds and seedlings from unfavourable environmental conditions. It fosters robust young plants primed to produce a greater yield.

When to Use

Prior to seeding wheat, corn, hops, canola, soybean, other pulses, tomatoes, and vegetables.


Active Start enhances the seeds’ ability to germinate and quickly produce more and stronger roots. This results in hardier seedlings, more capable of withstanding less than ideal environmental conditions. Ultimately, the increased number of robust plants, produces a higher crop yield.

For the best results, use the complete line of recommended Active CannaScience products for your crop.

  • Wheat: Active Start, Active Build, Active Complete, Proform N, Active Konnect, Micronutrients as needed.
  • Corn, Hops: Active Start, Active Build, Active Flower, Active Complete, Proform N, Micronutrients as needed.
  • Canola, Soybean, Pulses, Tomatoes, Vegetables: Active Start, Active Build, Active Flower, Proform N, Active Konnect, Micronutrients as needed.
  • Tree Fruit, Tree Nuts: Active Build, Active Flower, Active Complete, Proform N, Active Konnect, Micronutrients as needed.
  • Berries: Active Build, Active Flower, Proform N, Active Konnect, Micronutrients as needed.

Guaranteed Minimum Analysis

  • Total Nitrogen (N): 3.75%
  • Phosphorous (P2O5): 15%
  • Potassium (K2O): 4.5%
  • Boron (B): 0.05%
  • Iron (Fe): 0.01%
  • Manganese (Mn): 0.8%
  • Zinc (Zn): 0.9%

*Third Party Analysis by Mid-West Labs

How it Works

Active Start is a dressing applied to seeds before planting. It contains nutrients, organic acids, and Active CannaScience’s proprietary activation formula. Active Start protects the seeds and allows the nutrients to be utilized, even in unfavourable conditions, producing an increased number of roots and deeper roots. This results in more robust seedlings, healthier plants, higher quality crops and greater yield.

Science & Research

Enhanced Germination

Active Start induces synthesis of zeatin, which is a cytokinin that promotes shoot growth, resulting in faster and higher rates of germination.

Stronger Root Growth

Active Start induces the indole-3-butyric acid (IBA) pathway resulting in higher levels of IBA in tissues leading to earlier and quicker root growth and development. As a result, Active Start treated plants are better able to maintain strong growth under drought stress

Reduced Transpiration

Active Start helps increase xylem pressure through positive water potential, and enhanced elasticity of the xylem, and also helps to regulate stomatal function to reduce excess water loss.

Increased Water Use Efficiency

Active Start inhibits both ethylene synthesis and free radical formation under drought conditions. Ethylene and free radicals destabilize plant membranes, through fluidization and lipid peroxidation, resulting in water leakage and quicker wilting. Active Start treated plants have inherent resistance to these drought-induced changes with greater water use efficiency.

Increased Nutrient Mobilization and Absorption

Active Start increases secretion of root exudates into the rhizosphere that increase bound nutrient mobilization, availability, and root interception. Active Start treated plants also show increased uptake of nutrients mobilized by mass flow.

Increased Performance Under Stress Conditions

Active Start has a simple molecular structure that allows for its activity to be unaffected by unfavourable conditions, and its ability to simultaneously up-regulate desirable pathways and down-regulate undesirable pathways allows plants to maximize their genetic potential under cold, wet or drought conditions.

Increased Function Under Wide Range of pH

Active Start contains simple organic molecules that act as either weak acids or bases to pH buffer solutions. Therefore, its function and efficacy are preserved under various pH regimes.


Canada: 4 ml Active START™ per 1 kg of seed.
US: 1 quart Active START per 542 lb of seed.

  1. Active START is designed to be applied as a seed nutrient dressing.
  2. Seed coating can be done simultaneously with Active START and compatible agrochemicals. (See Compatibility Chart and only use compatible agrochemicals with Active START.)
  3. If using Active START without additional agrochemicals, use equal amounts of water and Active START (4 ml/kg) to sufficiently coat seeds.
  4. Calibrate equipment to release the required amount of Active START and other agrochemicals based on seed flow rate.
  5. Thoroughly mix seeds with the Active START (and other agrochemicals) mixture. A colouring additive allows a visual check to ensure all seeds are uniformly coated.
  6. Let the treated seeds air dry for 5-10 min before seeding.
Weight12.12 kg
Dimensions10 × 6 × 14 in

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