What You Need to Know About Essential Nutrients for Plants

Nutrients for Plants

Like other living things, plants need essential nutrients to grow and produce properly. Without essential nutrients, it will be hard for plants to complete their life cycle. For example, as a seed, it might not be able to germinate. The plant might also not be able to develop strong roots or stems, and later on, it might not be able to produce flowers and bear fruits. In most cases, plants that lack nutrients eventually die.

With that being said, having too many of those nutrients can also be harmful. For instance, a plant that gets too much nitrogen would have lots of leaves but might not produce fruits. If it gets too much manganese, its leaves will turn yellow and die. Boron, in excessive amounts, can quickly kill a plant.

Here are two things that you should know regarding plant nutrients: (1) what nutrients your plants need, and (2) how much of those nutrients you should give them. When you know these two aspects of proper plant growth, your plants will be healthier, and there’s a higher chance that they’ll be more productive as well!

To help you out, here are some of the basics that you need to know about nutrients for organic farming:

Essential Nutrients for Plants

Presently, there are 16 nutrients that scientists deem to be essential for plant growth. They are grouped according to how much of these nutrients plants need:

Primary Nutrients or Macronutrients

These are the nutrients that are needed by plants in the largest amounts. These include carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus.

Secondary Nutrients

These are needed by plants in moderate amounts. Included in the secondary nutrient category are calcium, magnesium, and sulphur.

Trace Nutrients or Micronutrients

Some nutrients are required only in the tiniest amounts. These include boron, copper, chlorine, iron, molybdenum, manganese, and zinc.

Forms of Essential Nutrients for Plants

For the plants to utilize those essential nutrients, they must be broken down into their basic form. They should either be in the form of a positively or a negatively charged ion. Until they are broken down into these ionic forms, the plants won’t be able to use organic compounds like those found in dead leaves and manure.

How to Tell If the Soil Has a Nutrient Problem

It’s not that easy to tell whether or not the soil has a nutrient problem or deficiency. Yet, there are symptoms that might suggest this is the case. Some of those symptoms include:

  • No growth in plants or growth that is too slow
  • Dead tissue at the tips of the leaves, around their edges, or within them
  • Yellow or dead leaves only on one part of the plant
  • Yellow or white streaks between the leaf veins
  • Overall leaf yellowing

Before deciding to apply fertilizer to the soil, you first have to ensure that the problem is not caused by other things like plant disease, insects, or harmful herbicides. If upon testing it is determined that there is an accumulation of chemical fertilizer and pesticide residue in the soil, you should consider applying RezFree, an organic product made to degrade those harmful residues in the ground!


For your plant to grow strong and healthy, it needs proper care and the right nutrients. You also need to make sure that the soil where they are planted has the perfect balance of the essential nutrients that your plants need to grow and produce. By considering the information and tips shared above, you’ll be able to nurture healthier plants that will offer better produce!

If you are looking for an organic agricultural product to improve the utilization of the nutrients in the ground and ultimately improve the health of your plants, apply RezFree from AgroBiome. It combats any chemical that may damage soil health and affect your plants. Get in touch with us today to find out more about RezFree!