Nutrient Antagonism

Definition - What does Nutrient Antagonism mean?

In gardening, nutrient antagonism refers to chemical reactions that interfere with overall plant development and growth. This condition may occur when too much nutrient is applied to the roots. In some cases, nutrient antagonism also happens when various fertilizers merge, creating an undesirable reaction. Nutrient antagonism can lead to nutrient deficiency if not treated.

MaximumYield explains Nutrient Antagonism

In the majority of cases, nutrient antagonism happens when excessive nutrients blocks the absorption of another nutrient. For example, iron may block the absorption of manganese, or an over-use of potassium can lead to malabsorption of both calcium and magnesium.

A plant can also become deficient due to binding, a condition that occurs when inappropriate dosages of different elements are applied to the roots. These elements tend to fuse together to create an insoluble compound that is incapable of being properly absorbed. Some supplements can be used to treat nutrient antagonism, but these supplements only work if they’re applied prior to the appearance of any physical symptoms.

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