Growth Rate

Last updated: April 29, 2019

What Does Growth Rate Mean?

Measuring a plant’s growth rate is an extremely straightforward procedure that allows growers to keep an eye on the plant’s development and overall health. The growth rate of a plant is affected by four main factors: temperature, nutrients, light, and water. Even the slightest change to one of these factors can either stunt the plant’s growth or improve it.


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A lack of nutrients can trigger issues such as stunted plant growth or development. The main nutrients required to boost plant growth are carbon and oxygen, both derived from water and air. In addition, most plants also require fourteen more nutrients to thrive and all of these can be derived from a healthy soil. Regular crop rotation has also been shown to boost the growth rate of a plant.

To measure the growth rate, it is important to start recording the plant’s height all the way from the base to its very tip. Growers should take a record every two to three days. Following this, you should calculate the average by using the plant’s growth rate formula. The equation for this formula is:

(S2-S1) divided by T

In this formula, S1 stands for the first measurement, S2 stands for the second measurement and T refers to the number of days between the measurements.


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