Plant Nutrition

 

Plant Nutrition & Growth Enhancements


Intro to Nutrients: Which Elements Do Plants Need?

Introduction

 
 

A plant obtains everything it needs to grow from one of two places: the air around its leaves, or the water around its roots. The air supplies carbon and oxygen. Water supplies hydrogen and also acts as a carrier for a variety of other elements. These elements are known as "plant nutrients" and are essential for a plant to grow and bloom.

Essential Elements

 
 

Secondary Nutrients

Calcium

Strengthens cell walls (think of strong bones) and helps to retain other elements.

 

Magnesium

Contributes to crop quality, leaf chlorophyll, and enzymes.

 

Sulfur

Forms an essential component of many amino acids and proteins. Also aids root growth.

 
 

Micro Nutrients

Boron

Needed for root, shoot, and fruit development.

 

Chlorine

Aids plant metabolism.

 

Copper

Influences photosynthesis, aids root metabolism, and reproductive growth (e.g. seeds).

 
 

Iron

Influences photosynthesis and an essential part of chlorophyll production.

 
 

Manganese

Help enzymes to break down carbohydrates and assists in nitrogen metabolism.

 
 

Molybdenum

Plays a key role in plant enzyme systems that control the uptake of nitrogen.

 
 

Zinc

Part of the production of important plant hormones like auxin (which regulates growth).