Nutrient Deficiency table

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Nutrient And Deficiency Table

To use the table just match up the plants symptoms with those on the table. Nutrients that are shaded Red are the problem. Find that nutrient in the text below the table for the remedy.

SYMPTOMSNPKCaSMgFeMnBMbZnCuOver Fert.
Yellow Upper LeavesNoNoNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Yellow Middle LeavesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNo
Yellow Lower LeavesYesYesYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Red StemsYesYesYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
NecrosisNoNoYesNoNoYesNoYesYesNoNoYesNo
SpotsNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Growing Shoots DieNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNo
White Leaf TipsNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNo
Stunted GrowthYesYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Deformed New GrowthNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Yellow TipsNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
Twisted GrowthNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNo



NITROGEN (N)Pale plants, red stems, smaller growth. Rapid yellowing of lower leaves progressing up the plant. Add any fertilizer containing N. Treated plants recover in about a week.

PHOSPHORUS (P)Slow or stunted growth, red stems. Smaller leaves that are dark green. Lower leaves yellow and die. Add fertilizer containing P. Affected leaves will not show recovery but new growth will apear normal.

POTASSIUM (K)Affected plants are usually tallest and appear to be most vigorous. Necrotic spots form on lower leaves. Red stems. Leaves appear pale or yellow. Add fertilizer containing K.

CALCIUM (Ca)Lack of calcium in the soil results in the soil becoming too acid. This leads to Mg or Fe deficiency or very slow stunted growth. Treat by foliar feeding with one teaspoon of dolomatic lime per quart of water until condition improves.

SULFER (S)Plants suffering from S definciencies exhibit yellowing of new growth. Mix one tablespoon of Epsom salts per gallon of water until condition improves.

MAGNESIUM (Mg)Lower leaves yellow and may even turn white while veins remain dark green. Blades die and curl upward.

IRON (Fe)Leaves on growing shoots turn pale and veins remain dark green. pH imbalances make iron insoluble. Foliar feed with fertilizer containing Fe.

MANGANESE (Mn)Necrotic and yellow spots form on top leaves. Mn deficiency occurs when large amounts of Mg are present in the soil. Foliar feed with fertilizer containing Mn.

BORON (B)Growing shoots turn grey or die. Growing shoots appear burnt. Treat with one teaspoon of Boric acid (sold as eyewash) per gallon of water.

MOLYBDENUM (Mb)Yellowing of middle leaves. Foliar feed with fertilizer containing Mb.

ZINC (Zn)White areas form at leaf tips and between veins. Occurs in alkaline soils. Zn deficiency can be treated by burying galvanized nails in the soil. fertilizer containing Zn can also be used.

OVER FERTILIZATION Causes leaf tips to appear yellow or burnt. To correct soil should be flushed with three gallons of water per one gallon of soil.
 
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