N-P-K Numbers by Dave Neal a.k.a. Dr. Dyna-Gro

2017-01-31T12:49:06+00:00

What Do Those Numbers on the Fertilizer Label Mean?© Most growers are aware that the three numbers on the fertilizer label refer to nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), respectively, but many do not know exactly what the numbers signify.  In general, they refer to the weight of each of these elements expressed as a [...]

Calcium and Its Role In Plant Health

2017-01-31T12:37:27+00:00

Calcium (Ca) is an element which is vital to virtually any living thing, be it plant or animal.  It has many different critical roles.  Calcium plays a very similar role in a plant as it does in animals.  It is essential in the development of a firm structure that lays the foundation for healthy and strong [...]

Phosphorus In Plants and Soils

2017-01-26T11:37:25+00:00

Phosphorus (P), an essential macronutrient, is a vital component for several different factors of plant growth.  In the list of essential nutrients, there are two categories which help to divide the elements up based upon the quantities required for plants to thrive:  macronutrients and micronutrients.  Macronutrients are nitrogen, phosphorus,  potassium, calcium, magnesium and sulfur.  The first [...]

Chlorine Benefits to Plants

2017-01-26T11:29:46+00:00

Chlorine is actually one of the more plentiful elements on the entire planet.  It is found all around us, abundant in soils, minerals, plants and even animals.  Seawater is a major collector of dissolved chlorine.  Oceans accumulate chlorine from dissolved mineral deposits that are transported from the continents by rivers.  Plants take up chlorine in its [...]

Molybdenum in Plants and Soils

2017-01-26T11:35:42+00:00

Molybdenum (Mo) does not always get the attention it deserves.  This essential element plays a very important role in the growth and development of plants.  In the majority of agricultural soils, the content of molybdenum is somewhere in the range of 0.6 ppm – 3.5 ppm with an average of 2 ppm. Plants typically take up [...]

Nickel, the Essential Element

2017-01-26T12:53:18+00:00

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service at Cornell University published as series of research papers on nickel nutrition.  The culmination of this research, published in 1987, established nickel as an essential mineral element for all plants.  Nickel is an essential component of urease, an enzyme that enables plants to metabolize and use [...]