Hydrogen (H)

Last Updated: March 22, 2017

Definition - What does Hydrogen (H) mean?

Hydrogen (H) is an odorless, colorless, light gas. When hydrogen and oxygen (O), water is formed.

Along with carbon and oxygen, hydrogen is one of the main non-mineral nutrients that is vital to plant growth and development. Hydrogen additionally plays an important part during the photosynthesis process by binding with carbon dioxide (CO2) to produce all the essential sugars a plant needs to grow.

MaximumYield explains Hydrogen (H)

Hydrogen was first produced in a laboratory by Robert Boyle back in 1671. According to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, hydrogen comprises more than 90 per cent of all atoms. This makes up over half of the mass of the universe. In fact, the Royal Society of Chemistry states that hydrogen can be found in virtually every molecule in living beings and things. Hydrogen can also be found in organic matter in the likes of coal, petroleum, and living plants.

Hydrogen is also present in hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). In gardening, hydrogen peroxide is commonly used to speed up the germination process. Because of its oxidizing properties, hydrogen peroxide can destroy mildew and mold, which is why it’s often mixed with water and added to infected plants.

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