Plant World

Soil, Gardening, and Farming

What are the essential nutrient elements required for plant growth?

Essential nutrients are chemical elements that are necessary for plant growth. An element is essential for plant growth when: 1) it is required for a plant to complete its life cycle (to produce viable seeds); 2) it is part of a molecule or component of the plant that is itself essential to the plant, such as the magnesium in the chlorophyll molecule; and 3) the plant displays symptoms of deficiency in the absence of the element. Essential nutrients are also referred to as essential minerals and essential inorganic nutrients.


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