Welcome to my first popcorn article! My popcorn articles will be follow ups to a blog post or a really good question that I was asked in the industry. This short and sweet post is here to provide information or answers. This morning I posted a decent article about the big three: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. That’s just three out of the seventeen vital nutrients for plant life. What are the other fourteen nutrients and what do they do? Let’s find out!
Calcium: Aids in cell walls and membranes. Aids in growth and development. Also contributes to soil fertility and helps with aeration.
Magnesium: aids in the production of photosynthesis.
Sulfur: necessary for chlorophyll formation as well as amino acids and proteins formation .
Boron: cell wall stability, movement of sugar and energy, and aids in pollination and developing seeds.
Chlorine: aids in plant growth; plant needs very little. Too much chlorine will burn out leaves.
Iron: DNA synthesis, photosynthesis, and respiration. Aids in the maintenance of chloroplast.
Manganese: develops and sustain metabolic roles. Helps in plant growth.
Zinc: helps convert starches to sugars, helps in growth and stem elongation.
Copper: required for the process of photosynthesis.
Molybdenum: converts inorganic phosphorus into organic, usable forms, converts nitrate (toxic) into nitrite and usable, takes the nitrite and turns it into ammonia to be synthesize.
Nickel: metabolizes nitrogen into usable ammonia.
Hydrogen: one of the building blocks for plant growth, aids in the process of photosynthesis and plant respiration *non mineral
Oxygen: to convert food into energy, aids in respiration *non mineral
Carbon: aids in the process of photosynthesis, aids in the productive growth in plants. *non mineral
This concludes my popcorn article of the other thirteen nutrients that a plant needs to survive! Most of the nutrients helps plants on a cellular level through cell health, respiration, and photosynthesis! I have a chart below to use as a guide on the potential deficiencies of the nutrients. Thank you so much for reading if you have a popcorn topic send it in and I will do a popcorn article with an answer!