Definition - What does Fritted Nutrients mean?
Fritted-nutrients are trace elements such as zinc, copper, manganese, boron, iron, potassium, or molybdenum that are contained within a finely ground glass powder. The glass powder that encases the nutrients slowly dissolves into the soil.
As the glass powder breaks down over an extended period of time, it releases the nutrients into the soil around a plant’s root system where they can be readily drawn up by the plant.
Plants use fritted-nutrients for growth, improved color, fruit production, and disease resistance.
MaximumYield explains Fritted Nutrients
By themselves, trace elements are not water soluble. They must be dug into the ground to reach the plant’s roots. Once within the soil, the frittered glass powder washes away to reveal the trace elements. The acids from the plant’s roots slowly break down the trace elements so that the plant can utilize their benefits.
Fritted nutrients help plants grow better and produce an ample crop. They are not a nutrient that needs to be applied to the soil frequently.
Generally, fritted nutrients should only be used about once every three years. An over-abundance of trace elements can be harmful to a plant.
Prior to adding fritted nutrients to the soil, it is a good idea to have a soil analysis done to determine what trace elements are lacking and may need to be added.