Definition - What does Nutrient Deficiency mean?
Nutrient deficiency in plants severely damages the plant’s growth, development, and leads to a variety of diseases and conditions. For this reason, it is important to identify nutritional deficiencies and quickly provide adequate treatment. In most cases, plants suffer from deficiencies because of poor growing conditions.
MaximumYield explains Nutrient Deficiency
To remain healthy, most plants require a mix of macronutrients and micronutrients, such as magnesium, sulfur, nitrogen, and potassium, among others. Smaller quantities of micronutrients such as zinc, iron, boron, and copper can also be added to the soil mix to help the plants thrive and develop. Mild nutrient deficiencies can easily be treated with small quantities in liquid form or by applying liquid fertilizers directly to the foliage.
Nutrient deficient plants usually display yellowed or holey leaves. Plants that fail to thrive despite proper mulching, soil preparation, and watering may also present a lack of micro or macronutrients. It should be noted that fruit trees and vegetable plants tend to be more vulnerable to nutrient deficiencies.