Global Fertilizer Day
10/13/2016
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For any plant to grow and thrive, it needs a number of chemical elements, and mostly commonly known as fertilizer. From radishes to roses to regal redwoods, all plants need varying amounts of these elements/nutrients, at different stages of their growth and development.

      • Carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.  The three elements available from air and water, and therefore in plentiful supply.
      • Nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium (a.k.a. potash) - The three macronutrients and the ones consumed in largest quantity by the plant.
      • Sulfur, calcium, and magnesium.  Called secondary nutrients, not because they are unimportant, but because crops typically need smaller amounts.
      • Boron, cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum and zinc – Micronutrients, again are still important, but need smaller amounts and can often be supplied when macronutrients are applied.
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