Base Nutrients

Definition - What does Base Nutrients mean?

Base nutrients are the key components of a plant’s growth ability. They are composed of various levels of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, zinc, sulfur, and several other minor elements.

Base nutrients are usually listed first on all fertilizer products. They are typically applied to a plant throughout its entire growing phase.The base nutrients help keep plants healthy and flourishing. They also give the plant the ability to withstand sudden temperature changes, viruses, bacteria, and fungal infections.

MaximumYield explains Base Nutrients

Base nutrients are usually available in granulated or liquid forms. Some companies also sell them in the shape of stakes that are placed in the soil around the plant’s base.

The growing/vegetative stage of any plant’s life is the most critical in its overall development. Base nutrients help the plant develop a strong stalk, roots, and foliage. They are the building blocks of the plant’s entire growth potential. If one or two base elements are lacking during the plant’s growing phase it will fail to flourish and reach its full potential.

In addition to base nutrients, there are formulas specifically for seedlings and flowering stages. However, base nutrients are all that are needed in some cases.

Base nutrients are typically a combination of macro and micro nutrients (primary and secondary nutrients). Things can also be added to base nutrients, depending on the needs of what you're growing. Some customization to base nutrients is often recommended.

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