Molybdenum (Mo)

Last Updated: January 23, 2017

Definition - What does Molybdenum (Mo) mean?

Molybdenum (Mo) is a nutrient that’s normally used in gardening to boost nitrogen metabolism in plants. It is added to plants to keep them healthy while promoting flowering.

This nutrient is commonly found in soil with elevated pH levels. In cases where the gardening soil is naturally rich in molybdenum, it is possible to lose this particular nutrient due to heavy rainfall.

MaximumYield explains Molybdenum (Mo)

In cases where molybdenum was washed away by heavy rainfall or floods, gardeners may choose to treat the plant with a foliar spray containing molybdenum. Foliar application is recommended in such cases because it allows the fruits and vegetables to absorb a proper amount of molybdenum, hence preventing any excess in the gardening soil.

Plants low in molybdenum often present severe deficiencies in magnesium, zinc, and amino acids. The majority of deficiencies tend to occur in legumes and prevent the plants from reaching their full growth potential.

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