Nutrients that plants need - Knowledgebase Question

Park City, UT
Question by RHILL357
October 22, 1998
What nutrients do plants need to grow?

Answer from NGA
October 22, 1998


Plants need many, many different nutrients to grow. The main ones are called macronutrients and they are nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sulfur. The the three big ones are nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium - the ones you see on a bag of fertilizer, as in 5-10-10. There are also several micronutrient necessary for plant growth such as iron, zinc, boron, copper, manganese, molybdenum, chlorine, and cobalt.

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