Identifying Plant Nutrient Deficiencies

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Identifying Plant Nutrient Deficiencies

Jan 14, 2022

Not all plant problems are caused by insects or diseases. Sometimes an unhealthy plant is suffering from a nutrient deficiency or even too much of any one nutrient.

Calcium
New leaves misshapen or stunted. Existing leaves remaining green.

Nitrogen
Upper leaves are light green where lower leaves are yellow. Bottom or older leaves are yellow and shrivelled.

Carbon Dioxide
White deposits on leaves. Stunted growth, and plant die back.

Phosphate
Leaves are darker than normal and loss of leaves.

Iron
Young leaves are yellow and white with green veins. Mature leaves are normal.

Potassium
Yellowing at the tips and edges, usually in younger leaves. Dead or yellow patches develop on leaves.

Manganese
Yellow spots of elongated holes between veins.

Magnesium
Lower leaves turn yellow from outside going in, veins remain green.

We are always happy to help at Bumbles, please ask if you need some advice on plant care and recommendations on compost and feed.

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Identifying Plant Nutrient Deficiencies with Bumbles Plant Centre

Identifying Plant Nutrient Deficiencies with Bumbles Plant Centre

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