17 essential nutrients for plant growth

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Career Fertilizer: The 17 Essential Nutrients for Career Growth and Expansion by Eugene Partridge III

Do you feel as if your career growth has stagnated? Are you looking for practical concepts to initiate hyper growth in your career? Are you looking to enhance your overall marketability? Excellent! I’m glad you’re here. Nutritionists have discovered that there are 17 essential nutrients for plant health and growth. If just one or more of these nutrients are insufficient in the soil, optimal yields will not be produced and the plant will not grow to its highest potential. I’ve taken this same approach and applied it to the essential nutrients necessary to grow a lasting career. Career Fertilizer is an exhaustive study of 17 essential nutrients that, if applied in the right measurements, will help you grow and expand your career. Whether you are an individual contributor, physician, executive, educator, laborer, pastor, lawyer, software developer, accountant, police officer, politician, coach, athlete, engineer, or entrepreneur, this book is designed to be a catalyst to a growing and flourishing career. Happy planting, my friends!
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Nutrient Mnemonics for Plants--Macro- and Micronutrients

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Eugene Partridge III

31.1C: Essential Nutrients for Plants

Let us go back to the basics and learn chemistry that would be extremely helpful in understanding its applications in gardening. Plant growth is solely dependent on 17 different elements. Presence of all these chemical elements in perfect proportion is primarily responsible for the healthy growth of a plant. As a gardener, you must know about these 17 essential elements. All these elements have been classified into specific categories. Basis of such classification is also interesting to understand.

Key Points

Plant nutrients are the chemical elements that are essential to the nourishment of plant health. Essential plant nutrients fall into three categories, all of which are based on the amount a plant needs, not the importance of the individual elements. Each plant nutrient performs a crucial role in plant growth and development. The primary plant nutrients are nitrogen N , phosphorus P , and potassium K. These essential plant nutrients are required in higher quantities than elements that fall into the other two categories. Also, each of these three elements performs crucial functions in plant biology. The secondary nutrients are calcium, magnesium, and sulphur.

Sulfur deficiency in corn can masquerade as nitrogen deficiency. Boron deficiency in soybeans may remain hidden — the only sign being a yield below optimal. A plant with a nitrogen deficiency will only do as well as the amount of nitrogen that the plant can take up. The same applies to each essential nutrient: The crop will only do as well as the amount of the nutrient that is there to utilize. Going down the list, there are the three macronutrients everyone thinks of —nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium N, P and K — followed by three secondary nutrients, magnesium, sulfur and calcium. Eight micronutrients round out the list of elements delivered via fertilizer: boron, chlorine, manganese, iron, nickel, copper, zinc and molybdenum. The remaining three essentials — hydrogen, carbon and oxygen — are the inputs delivered by Mother Nature.

Like humans, plants require certain key nutrients to grow well, develop, reproduce and remain healthy. The performance of a crop in the field depends on the genetic makeup of the variety grown, fertility and pesticides programs, and interaction with the environment. The qualification of major and minor nutrients comes from the relative abundance and requirement for various functions in plants. These are not always necessary for their survival but important for humans and animals that depend on plants for their diet. Nitrogen N , Phosphorus P , and Potassium K are the most frequently required in a crop fertilization program. Calcium Ca , Magnesium Mg , and Sulfur S are required in lesser amounts than macronutrients, but each is equally important to the crop. Some micronutrients control the uptake of major nutrients and key processes.

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