Nutrient Deficiency in Plants Guide

Surely it must have happened to you that you do not know what happens to your plant that does not look healthy and the leaves are damaged. Learn all about nutrient deficiency in plants.

What Happens to my Plant? When is it Necessary to Fertilize?

Not always possible to have a soil that is easy to handle or that has the essential nutrients for the plants to complete their life cycle, there is the opportunity of working it so that it is in satisfactory conditions of cultivation and gardening.

 Through the fertilization process, it’s easy and possible to add or replace the nutrients to the soil is needed, since they are crucial chemical elements for the growth and development of our plants.

 However, the situations that always arise are:

1 – How to recognize or realize that the soil needs improvement?

2 – What happens to my plant? Why do the leaves look deteriorated?

3 – When is it necessary to fertilize?

Visual Guide to Nutrient Deficiency in Plants

The answer to these questions is usually in the plants themselves and easy to understand with this helpful visual guide.

By observing them and using this visual guide below, you will understand when the soil has any nutritional deficiency.  The image below helps to identify the deficiencies of certain nutrients.

nutrient deficiency in plants
Identifying Plant Nutrient Deficiencies with this helpful visual guide.

For example, Calcium and Iron deficiencies are detected in the new leaves, instead of the older leaves of the plant.

Calcium: New leaves curled, misshapen, and pale. Old leaves remain green.

Iron: New leaves are yellow, yellowish, or white, including veins. Mature leaves remain normal.

For example, deficiencies of Magnesium, Potassium, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Sulfur are detected in the old leaves of the plant.

Magnesium: The lower leaves begin to turn paler from the outside to the inside. The veins continue green.

Potassium: The youngest leaves turn yellowish. When it advances the tips and edges of the leaves develop brown necrosis.

Nitrogen: The leaves begin to turn pale and yellow from the tip.

Phosphorus: Visual similar to nitrogen deficiencies but tips quickly turn dark and leaves die quickly.

Sulfur: The leaves turn yellow which can be confused with a lack of nitrogen. However, it is characteristic to observe the poor development of leaves and plants.

To solve nutritional deficits in the soil and ensure that the plants grow healthy, a wide variety of options are presented as fertilizers. Just to mention a few that you may have in mind: humus, organic and not-organic mineral fertilizers, mineral nutrients, liquid organic fertilizer, etc.  You can check our notes to learn more about them.

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