How to Identify Deficiencies in Container Plants



Plants grown in containers sometimes take a turn for the worse, even after years of happy growing. This article outlines what some of the possible deficiencies might be and how to remedy the deficiency.

Steps

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    Check for poorly defined green shoots, yellowing older leaves and premature leaf drop. If these are present, this indicates that the pot plant has magnesium deficiency. Remedy by spraying a mixture of water and some dissolved Epsom salts to the soil and on the plant's leaves. Try to spray under the leaves for better absorption.
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    Look for spindly growth and dropping leaves that turn red or purple. This indicates a nitrogen deficiency and is easily remedied with the application of any general fertiliser.
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    Spot yellow or whitish new leaf growth, with green veins. This is a clear indication that the plant is suffering from iron deficiency. Add compost and manure to lower the pH level in the pot soil. Spray the leaves with iron chelates.
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    If you have blue-green foliage tinting and the tips or edges of the leaves are withered, this indicates that there is a potassium and phosphorous lack. Fruits will also not form well under these conditions. Add potash to the soil to improve the potassium content, as well as a general fertiliser.
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    Consider repotting a neglected plant to give it fresh soil and a new start.

Things You'll Need

  • Epsom salts for magnesium deficiency
  • General fertilizer for nitrogen deficiency
  • Manure, compost and iron chelates for iron deficiency
  • Potash and general fertiliser for potassium and phosphorous deficiency

Article Info

Categories: Indoor and Patio Plants