All the Small Things
So you read the first article and then started reading about all of the fantastic nutrient lines that we carry at PJ's Plants and Nutrition. I'm sure you've noticed that there are tons of other things added to the mix. The N-P-K ratio is important for your plants health, but there are several other nutrients that are just as important. Here's the next part of what you need for your plants feed.
Macronutrients are nutrients necessary for your plant in large quantities. Nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium are the best examples of this, however others include carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Some of these are obtained through the air and water.
Plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air through pores on the surface of their leaves called stomata. These stomata are blocked by a pair of guard cells that open and close based on the amount of the nutrients currently needed. Carbon is converted into energy required for growth and photosynthesis.
During photosynthesis the plant creates hydrogen from the water molecule. Plants use hydrogen ions to drive a process called the electron transport chain. (It's super important)
The carbon dioxide from earlier is split into two parts, carbon and oxygen; this is absorbed by the leaves. Roots breathe in oxygen as well. It is needed for respiration to help release energy from stored glucose.
These nutrients may be needed in smaller quantities, but they are no less important.
Assists in internode elongation and growth hormone production.
Aids in building proteins, amino acids, and vitamins. Also, it helps to form essential enzymes.
Helps plant synthesize amino acids and two enzymes. One enzyme converts nitrate to nitrite and the other enzyme converts nitrite into ammonia.
Photosynthesis, nitrogen assimilation, and respiration are just a few processes this nutrient plays a role in. Manganese also assists in pollen germination and pollen tube growth.
One of the key components of photosynthesis. The very core of the chlorophyll molecule enabling the capture of sunlight. Also, used for cell division, enzyme activation, and protein synthesis.
Aids plants in maintaining the structure and function of chloroplasts.
Helps plants metabolize carbohydrates and proteins.
Used for structural integrity. Holds together cell walls and membranes. Calcium also helps regulate hormone and enzyme activity
Assists in cross-link the large carbohydrate molecules that make up cells walls.
We hope that this helps assist you in picking the perfect food for your perfect plants. Now that we've covered what your plant needs to eat lets find the best place to put it!