Definition - What does Chlorine (Cl) mean?
Chlorine is found in abundance on earth and is an essential element for soil and plant health. Ocean and sea life is a major contributor of chlorine and they create it from mineral deposits.
Chlorine is an integral element for plants and along with its many benefits it helps with photosynthesis, hydrolysis, and in preventing plant diseases.
It works along with potassium to enable stomatal opening, a key process for plants to absorb nutrients and to grow.
MaximumYield explains Chlorine (Cl)
It is important to note that the chemical chlorine is Cl2 (a diatomic molecule), and plant nutrient chloride is Cl, and they are different. The plant nutrient Cl is a micronutrient that helps with many plant functions, ranging from equipping the stomatal guard cells for functioning and ultimately photosynthesis to hydrolysis, both of which are essential plant functions.
There is also research that supports the idea the proper amounts of chlorine in plants can reduce fungal infections in plants, thereby, ensuring higher plant yields.
Just like any other essential plant nutrient, the adequate concentration of chlorine is essential for adequate plant growth. A deficiency in chlorine can result in yellowing or bronzing of leaves, wilting, and even stubby roots.
Similarly, an excess of chlorine can result in toxicity of plants. Symptoms of toxicity include scorched and smaller leaves, reduced plant size and even death of needles. So, it is important to ensure plants do not have too much or too little chlorine. A soil analysis, though not common practice, needs to be conducted to determine the optimum amount of chlorine needed. This will ensure the ratio of chlorine does not result in a deficient or overdose.