Plants pull the nutrients from the soil through their roots. These nutrients are grouped into Macronutrients and Micronutrients.
Macronutrients are needed at high levels in the plants, and consist of the familiar Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium, N-P-K. Micronutrients are just as essential as macronutrients, but in lesser quantities.
Macronutrients and their use in plants:
Micronutrients and their use in plants:
Soil nutrient demands are specific for each crop, and should be measured through a soil nutrient test. If the soil is deficient in a certain nutrient, critical life stages will not be completed or the deficiency can lead to plant stress or death.