Definition - What does Nutes mean?
A slang term for plant nutrients, nutes are used to help plants thrive and develop while reducing the risk of plant-borne diseases. According to botanists, most plants require around 16 specific nutes and elements for a healthy growth. These include mineral nutrients, as well as the different nutrients required for photosynthesis.
MaximumYield explains Nutes
For photosynthesis, plants normally require oxygen, hydrogen and carbon. On the other hand, plants derive mineral nutrients from applied fertilizers or directly from the soil. These include potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen, among others. Fertilizer bags commonly include a mix of these nutrients.
Plants also require large quantities of macronutrients such as sulfur, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen to thrive. A smaller number of micronutrients is also needed, especially in less fertile soils since these nutes tend to be naturally present in lower concentrations in the soil. Micro-nutes include nickel, chlorine, molybdenum, zinc, copper, boron, manganese and iron.
It should be known that plants commonly absorb elements that are also beneficial to humans, such as vanadium, cobalt, fluorine, iodine and selenium, among others. Brazil nuts, for example, are known to contain a larger amount of selenium. While this particular nute is not necessarily needed by the plant, it has been shown to be extremely nutritious to humans.