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Symptoms of mineral deficiencies in plants

Yellow leaves, corked tips, deformed foliage … Symptoms of mineral nutrient deficiencies  . Nitrogen, potassium, calcium … Plants feed on mineral nutrients found  in the substrate and extracted through the roots. In order for these nutrients to be absorbed by the plant, they must be dissolved in the water of the substrate. Potted plants end up needing an extra supply of nutrients, as their soil becomes poorer as the plant grows.

When you notice symptoms of nutrient deficiencies, you can provide the missing mineral through irrigation water , either with commercial products, or with organic products that we will talk about in future posts, just as we did with the auxins that we manufacture with lentils.

Each mineral provides a certain benefit to the plant and its lack causes a different symptom. For example:

Nitrogen . Benefit: growth of leaves and stems. Lack: Pale foliage, poor growth, reddish or yellowish coloration beginning on older leaves.

Phosphorous . Benefit: root development. Deficiency: It affects the growth of the entire plant, including flowers and fruits.

Potassium . Benefit: flowering and fruiting. Lack: Leaf tips are corked, flowering and fruiting are reduced. In tomatoes, it causes them to ripen by zones.

Magnesium . Benefit: Chlorophyll formation. Deficiency: Yellow leaves next to the veins and around the edges Start with the oldest leaves.

Calcium . Benefit: Cell formation. Deficiency: Small and deformed foliage, flower and fruit rot.

Iron . Benefit: Chlorophyll formation. Deficiency: Yellowing of the most tender leaves around the veins.

Manganese . Benefit: Chlorophyll formation. Deficiency: Yellowing of the most tender leaves around the veins.

Here you can see solutions for these deficiencies .

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