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What Vitamins Do Plants Need?

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Overview

Plant vitamins, in the form of organic or inorganic nutrients, can be added to the soil to boost the growth of your plants. Many nutrients may already be in the composition of the soil, but fertilizers can encourage blooms and the production of seeds.

Function

Nitrogen, one of the primary nutrients for plant growth, helps plants turn carbohydrates into energy. It also helps plants produce the protein that keeps them strong and healthy.

Significance

Plants also need phosphorus, another primary nutrient. Phosphorus strengthens plants, allowing for faster growth. Phosphorus also encourages bloom and root growth.

Identification

Potassium is the third primary nutrient for plant growth and is the "K" in the NPK nutrient balance. Potassium aids in the photosynthesis process, provides immunities to plant diseases and increases the quality of fruit in fruit plants.

Types

Plants also need trace elements (micronutrients) for chlorophyll formation and seed germination. Trace elements include copper, boron, copper, iron, manganese, zinc, molybdenum and chlorine.

Considerations

Even with all the proper nutrients in place, plants will not prosper without light, air and water. These essential elements help provide plants with the necessary energy and support for growing strong and healthy.

References

  • Plant Nutrients
  • The Cheap Vegetable Gardener
  • How Does Your Garden Grow?

Who Can Help

  • Water and Plant Growth
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About this Author

Loraine Degraff has been a writer and educator since 1999. She recently began focusing on topics pertaining to health and environmental issues. She is published in "Healthy Life Place" and "Humdinger" and also writes for Suite101. Degraff holds a Master's degree in Communications Design from Pratt Institute.