In addition to the 6 macronutrients that plants need externally, and in large quantities, there are 7 micronutrients that are required by plants in trace amounts. These are Copper, Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Boron, Chlorine, and Molybdenum.
Though the micronutrients are required in trace quantities, all of these are important and a deficiency of anyone can have a severe impact on plant health and yield.
Often, growers do not give much attention to Micronutrients. Adding them only when signs of some deficiency show up. However, by then, the damage would have already been done resulting in lower yields.
Following are the roles that each of the Micronutrients plays
- Copper: a component of some enzymes, facilitates photosynthesis.
- Iron: essential for chlorophyll synthesis, necessary for photosynthesis to happen.
- Manganese: helps in chloroplast production.
- Zinc: a component of many enzymes, participates in chlorophyll formation.
- Boron: important for transportation of carbohydrates.
- Chlorine: maintaining ion balance and osmosis.
- Molybdenum: helps plant fix Nitrogen and convert it to a usable form.
Historically, Micronutrients have not been given the due importance they deserve. This has led to a severe deficiency in soils around the world. Estimates suggest that 30% of all the cultivable land the world over is deficient in Iron. 51% of the area under cereal cultivation is deficient in Zinc.
If you are into any form of gardening or farming activity, we hope you do give due importance to Micronutrient balance in your plants. This will do wonders for your plants. CityGreens has a variant called Nutes which is a balanced blend of 7 essential Micronutrients. You can use it in both, soil based and soilless grow media. You should give it a try especially if you are growing in organic matter, as organic compounds bind with most of these micronutrients reducing their availability for the plants. Ensure that your plants get the complete nutrition. Enjoy a healthy yield.
Gaurav is an entrepreneur whose first Start-up was focused on providing services to patients suffering from Chronic Diseases. While researching about the causes of lifestyle diseases and the ways to reduce their incidence, he chanced upon the idea of growing healthy and nutritious food using advanced farming techniques.
He founded CityGreens with a mission to enable City Dwellers to access Safe, Healthy and Fresh food.