Understanding Nutrient deficiencies


  • When plants fail to thrive and grow well, despite adequate soil preparation, watering and mulching, it may be a sign of nutrient deficiency.
  • Fruits and vegetables are particularly vulnerable and also those growing in very acid or alkaline soils.
  • Symptoms such as general yellowing, stunted growth, poor flowering etc. are common to many nutrients deficiencies.   But identifying specific deficiency depends on pattern and location of these symptoms on plants. This quick guide will provide you information on specific nutrient symptoms to determine the actual nutrient or combinations of nutrients which may be causing the deficiencies.
  • The garden soils and Potting mixes which are not regularly fertilized tend to suffer from nutrient deficiencies. Plants also suffer deficiencies where growing conditions are poor due to acidity or alkalinity, hard clay, sandy soils or water logged conditions.
  • These conditions make it difficult for plants to take up plant nutrients efficiently. Sandy and organic soils are naturally deficient in trace elements & Potassium.