Beyond your plant’s primary need for nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK), as well as calcium and sulfur (best delivered in the form of gypsum), there are nine (9) other essential elements that are normally absorbed from the soil for plant growth:
- Magnesium – essential for photosynthesis
- Zinc- regulates plant growth
- Iron- required for the formation of chlorophyll in plant cells
- Manganese- assists iron in the formation of chlorophyll
- Copper- needed for protein synthesis and vitamin A production
- Boron- assists in the reproduction of cells and metabolism of carbohydrates
- Molybdenum- required by plants for the utilization of nitroge
- Chlorine- required in photosynthetic reactions and in regulating cell turgor
- Nickel- necessary for the conversion of urea to ammonia in plant tissue
Although controlling your pH level is often the most economical method to make the existing micronutrients in your soil plant available, if your soils are ultimately deficient in an essential nutrient adding such micronutrients may be necessary to maximize yields. After all, it only takes deficiency in one essential nutrient to cap plant growth.
Have a discussion with our team to determine the cost/ benefit of adding certain micronutrients based off your soil report. After determining the best approach to maximize plant availability of all nutrients we supply and/or can source and blend any micronutrient with compost, gypsum, or any other soil amendment.