What Plants Need

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Primary nutrients, nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, are usually lacking from the soil first because plants use large amounts for their growth and survival.

Nitrogen

Nitrogen

Essential for photosynthesis
Helps plants with rapid growth
Improves quality of leaves and forage crops
Sources: Fertilizer, atmosphere with water or rainfall

Phosphorous

Phosphorous

Essential for photosynthesis
Promotes healthy plant maturation
Improves plant stress tolerance
Enhances rapid growth
Encourages blooming
Assists with root growth
Sources: Fertilizer, bonemean and superphosphate

Potassium

Potassium

Helps build protein
Supports photosynthesis
Reduces diseases
Sources: Fertilizer, soil minerals and organic materials

Secondary nutrients, calcium, magnesium, and sulfur, are sometimes present in the soil and fertilization may be needed.

Calcium

Calcium

Essential to plant cell wall structure for nutrient transportation
Helps strengthen plant
Improves quality of leaves and forage crops.
Sources: Dolomitic lime, gypsum and superphosphate

Magnesium

Magnesium

Essential for photosynthesis
Activates plant enzymes needed for growth
Sources: Soil materials, organic material, fertilizers and dolomitic limestone

Sulfur

Sulfur

Essential to protein production
Promotes development of enzymes and vitamins
Assists with chlorophyll formation
Improves root growth and seed production
Enhances potential growth
Improves resistance to cold weather
Sources: Rainwater, fertilizers and gypsum

Micronutrients are elements essential for plant growth which are needed in small quantities. These are: boron, copper, iron, chlorine, manganese, molybdenum and zinc. Recycling organic matter such as grass or leaves is an excellent way to provide these nutrients, along with Osmocote® of course.

Boron

Boron

Helps regulate other nutrients
Assists with production of sugar and carbohydrates
Essential for seed and fruit development
Sources: Organic matter and borax

Copper

Copper

Assists with reproductive growth
Aids in root metabolism
Helps with protein utilization
Source: Soil

Chlorine

Chlorine

Assists with plant metabolism
Source: Soil

Iron

Iron

Assists with clorophyll formation
Sources: Soil, iron sulfate and iron chelate

Manganese

Manganese

Assists with the breakdown of carbohydrates
Improves nitrogen metabolism
Source: Soil

Molybdenum

Molybdenum

Helps in use of nitrogen
Source: Soil

Zinc

Zinc

Helps flowering and seed production and plays an important role in legume nodulation and nitrogen fixation.

Feed your plants what they need, Osmocote Plus, for a fully balanced and nutitional meal.