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Nutrition Challenges with Stalled Growth

Tue, Feb 23rd, 2021, created by Brian Whipker

Plants thrive with sunlight and warmer temperatures.  Both of these have been in short supply the last few weeks in North America with the polar vortex conditions dominating the north, and rainy, cloudy weather in the south. Hence plant growth can suffer.

The two primary nutritional disorders associated with cool wet conditions are phosphorus deficiency and iron deficiency. Many times it is not a question of an adequate supply of nutrients being available to the plant, but instead symptoms develop due to the inability of the plant to sufficiently uptake the nutrient.

The good news is that once sunny days reappear, most disorders associated with cool wet conditions correct themselves.

Additional details about nutrient problems are discussed in e-GRO Alert9.08, Nutrient Disorder Primer: A quick guide to nutritional disorders.

About the Author:

Brian Whipker

Professor, Horticulture, North Carolina State University

Brian E. Whipker is a professor of floriculture at North Carolina State University. He has an appointment split between extension and research, but also teaches the graduate level plant nutrition course at NC State. His specialization is plant nutrition, plant growth regulators, and problem diagnostics. He brings over 30 year of experience in diagnosing grower plant problems.

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