Phosphate

Definition - What does Phosphate mean?

A phosphate (or, organophosphate) is a salt or ester of a phosphoric acid. It is also an inorganic mineral that is mined from deposits of clay. In gardening, mined phosphates are commonly used to create phosphate fertilizers that are used to enhance a plant’s overall health.

There are different types of phosphate fertilizers on the market but the most popular is rock phosphate, which provides the optimal amount of nutrients to ensure that the plants remain healthy and strong.

MaximumYield explains Phosphate

Phosphate is commonly applied to rose gardens since these flowers thrive on rock fertilizers. Phosphate has also been shown to encourage the apparition of new rose buds since it promotes a stronger and far healthier root system in these plants. This mineral can also be used on lawns and bushes.

Outdoors, phosphate is best applied in spring rather than summer. The average amount is an approximate of 10 pounds of rock phosphate for every 100 square feet. Additionally, phosphorus is ideal for the proper development of seedling root, which is why it is added to budding plants.


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