Copper Sulfate

Definition - What does Copper Sulfate mean?

In gardening, copper sulfate is often used by commercial farmers and gardeners to protect their crops while preventing issues with mold and fungus.

While copper sulfate has been known to be extremely beneficial to plants, misuse of this product can negatively affect the plant’s growth and development. The quantity and frequency of application depends on the type and age of the plant.

Copper sulfate might also be referred to as cupric sulfate, copper sulphate, blue vitriol, bluestone, vitriol of copper, and Roman vitriol. It is produced industrially by treating copper metal with concentrated sulfuric acid.

MaximumYield explains Copper Sulfate

Readily available in most gardening stores, copper sulfate acts as a bactericide and fungicide which has been shown to protect different types of plants from fungal diseases. According to botanists, it is crucial to mix the substance with water before spraying it to the plants in order to protect the leaves.

When using copper sulfate on tomatoes, it’s also important to apply it at the very beginning of the growing season. In most cases, the recommended rates of copper sulfate is around 4-6 pounds per acre of crop, depending on the type of the soil.

Copper sulfate is less commonly used to treat copper deficiencies in soil and plants. Copper deficiency in plants can lead to plant sterility, delayed flowering, and poor growth. Shrubs tend to display a blueish-green appearance, while grain plants can present the symptoms of frost damage.

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