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Meet the secondary macronutrients and the micronutrients your plants need
Mar 17, 2013 - Charlotte from Peaceful Valley
Micronutrients are vitamins for your plants, says Tricia in our new video about secondary macronutrients and the micronutrients.
You know about the major nutrients, N-P-K. Those are the symbols for the building blocks: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. They’re represented by the three numbers on the front of fertilizer boxes or bags. For more about them, check out our video here.
With the lesser known micronutrients (like “molybdenum”—if you can spell that you can probably win a Spelling Bee) you’ll need a lab soil test to know if any need to be added to your soil.
Let’s have a quick look at the major mineral nutrients, and then get to know the micronutrients and find out what they do for your plants.
MINERAL NUTRIENTS—DO YOU KNOW THE SECONDARY NUTRIENTS?
Our friends N-P-K are the primary macronutrients.
Also important are the secondary macronutrients:
MEET THE MICRONUTRIENTS
Let’s find out what they are, what they do, and how you can add them to your soil.
Boron is a boss (or regulator) of other nutrients. Plants need it for seeds and fruit. Add it via powdered boron.
Copper helps plants reproduce and boosts metabolism in roots.
Chloride is another aid to plant metabolism.
Iron assists in producing chlorophyll.
Manganese breaks down carbohydrates, cooperating with enzyme systems.
Molybdenum (in addition to being hard to spell) aids nitrogen use by plants.
Zinc helps change carbohydrates into sugars, and it’s in plant growth enzymes too. Add it via zinc oxide, zinc sulfate, and zinc chelate.
PLANT MULTI-VITAMINS FULL OF MICRONUTRIENTS
Now that you know the basics of secondary macronutrients and the micronutrients, go get a lab test on your soil. Once you have the results, use organic fertilizers to add what you lack—and you’ll be on your way to a garden full of healthy vegetables and bountiful harvests.
For more information about nutrients and organic fertilizers, read the Fertilizer Solutions Chart in our Fertilizer catalog, or download the chart as a PDF here.
Secondary macronutrients and the micronutrients are small but essential building blocks for the plants in your organic garden!
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