Autotoxicity in plants – mitigation through hydroponics?

Plants release chemicals to their environment on an ongoing basis. Some chemicals have a positive effect and aid in plant growth. Others chemicals could have a negative effect. Autotoxicity is the phenomenon where a plant releases chemicals (called allelochemicals) that have a negative effect on the surrounding plants. The plant releases the allelochemicals as a defense Read more about Autotoxicity in plants – mitigation through hydroponics?[…]

Understanding Food Fortification

With the changing lifestyle, food pattern and food habits, the quality of food which we eat is also changing. The food we eat today lacks in various essential nutrients and minerals, and that is leading to malnutrition which in turn can lead to numerous health disorders. Along with the major nutrients in the diet, micronutrients Read more about Understanding Food Fortification[…]

Video instructions for preparing nutrient solution using CityGreen’s NPK Nutrient solution

Gaurav NarangGaurav 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 Read more about Video instructions for preparing nutrient solution using CityGreen’s NPK Nutrient solution[…]

The Organic Debate – Which nutrients will you choose for your plants? Organic or Inorganic.

When it comes to us at CityGreens, the part of the Organic vs. Inorganic debate that impacts us most is w.r.t. plant nutrition. This is one topic that we have studied in depth. Through this article, we would try to address a few general queries that we get regarding Organic vs. Inorganic plant nutrition. Organic Read more about The Organic Debate – Which nutrients will you choose for your plants? Organic or Inorganic.[…]

The 7 essential micronutrients that all plants need. Why you should not ignore them

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 Read more about The 7 essential micronutrients that all plants need. Why you should not ignore them[…]

The three Macronutrients that plants need besides NPK

Over the last few weeks we have focussed on the major macronutrients N, P and K. Now, we will look at the remaining three macronutrients which are Calcium, Magnesium, and Sulphur. Calcium: Most of you who have grown tomatoes would have faced the issue of tomato fruit turning brown (and then black) at the base. Read more about The three Macronutrients that plants need besides NPK[…]

What do the numbers after NPK mean?

Assume you walk into a gardening store looking for the right kind of balanced nutrient mix for your plants. You come across a couple of balanced solutions. The label on the first one reads NPK 05-05-05 while on the other one it says NPK 10-10-10. You are wondering which one to go for. Answering following questions may Read more about What do the numbers after NPK mean?[…]

Understanding plant nutrition. How to decide on the right NPK mix?

The fact that all plants need NPK should not lead to a mistaken prognosis that all plants need the same amount of NPK at all the times. The relative amount of NPK needed by different plants at any specific point in time may vary due to a number of factors like the growing medium, the Read more about Understanding plant nutrition. How to decide on the right NPK mix?[…]

The ABC of Plant Nutrition. Rather, the NPK of plant nutrition.

If you ever tried researching on plant nutrition, chances are high that you would have come across the term NPK more than once. NPK is to plant nutrition, what ABC is to the alphabet. No plant can survive without NPK and none of them can synthesize it internally. Let us understand what NPK stands for. Read more about The ABC of Plant Nutrition. Rather, the NPK of plant nutrition.[…]

Understanding Plant Nutrition. What, Why and How

Like all living beings, plants need nutrition too. Better the nutrition provided, the healthier the plant will be. A healthy plant, in turn, will lead to higher yield and better nutritional content in the end product (fruits/vegetables/salad greens). The nutritional requirements of plants can be classified into 3 categories viz Essential Nutrients, Macro Nutrients, and Read more about Understanding Plant Nutrition. What, Why and How[…]