El­e­ment de­fi­ciency

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE - WILL WATER­FORD

Owner of Caloun­dra Gar­den and Pet Sup­plies

IF YOU have fer­tilised and the leaves of your plant are still look­ing yel­low in­stead of green, then your soil could be de­fi­cient in one or more trace el­e­ments.

Some of the ma­jor nu­tri­ents that a plant needs are ni­tro­gen, phos­pho­rus, potas­sium, but here are heaps of other el­e­ments that your plant needs as well and these in­clude, mag­ne­sium, iron, cop­per, zinc, boron, molyb­de­num and sul­phur.

Gar­de­nias fre­quently have yel­low leaves and it is of­ten a lack of mag­ne­sium, but with cit­rus it could be mag­ne­sium or it might be lack­ing in Iron. Cop­per de­fi­ciency makes leaves go yel­low­ish and a bit pink and if your plant is lack­ing in sul­phur the leaves can go a pale yel­low, and to make it even more dif­fi­cult to di­ag­nose the colour and pat­terns on the leaves can look dif­fer­ent on dif­fer­ent plants and it can also look dif­fer­ent de­pend­ing on how much your plant is lack­ing.

If you know what your plant is lack­ing that is great, you can buy mag­ne­sium, Iron, and many other trace el­e­ments sep­a­rately, but if you are un­sure what to use then get a trace el­e­ment mix.

A trace el­e­ment mix has mag­ne­sium, iron, cop­per, zinc, boron, molyb­de­num and sul­phur. All these el­e­ments will help bal­ance the soil so you have the right nutri­tion. Trace el­e­ments are like multi vi­ta­mins, you may not need to use every week, but it is a great way to keep your plant in tip-top con­di­tion.

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