Nutrient Deficiencies and Plant Troubleshooting

Occasionally, a plant may appear abnormal - yellow or white leaves, slow growth, spotted leaves, etc. Use the table below to help identify any nutrient deficiencies. For a free copy of the complete GYOstuff Nutrient and Deficiency Table, click here.





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(Above photo courtesy of nutrico.org.)


 How to correct nutrient deficiencies:

N (Nitrogen) deficiency in plants is corrected by:
P (Phosphorous) deficiency in plants is corrected by:
K (Potassium) deficiency in plants is corrected by:
Mg (Magnesium) deficiency in plants is corrected by:
Ca (Calcium) deficiency in plants is corrected by:
S (Sulfur) deficiency in plants is corrected by:
  • check growing medium and nutrient solution pH (high pH causes less availability of sulfur)
  • check for excessive calcium
  • supplementing a nutrient program with Gypsum, Mag-Pro, Azomite, or Epsom Salts
Fe (Iron) deficiency in plants is corrected by:
  • check growing medium and nutrient solution pH (high pH causes less availability of iron)
  • check for excessive manganese, zinc or copper
  • check for low root zone temperature (should be around 75 degrees)
  • check that nutrient solution is kept dark
  • check for poor drainage
  • supplementing a nutrient program with Cal-Mag Plus, chicken manure, glacial rock, Greensand, Extreme SereneKelp Meal, or chelated iron
Mn (Manganese) deficiency in plants is corrected by:
B (Boron) deficiency in plants is corrected by:
Mb (Molybdenum) deficiency in plants is corrected by:
Zn (Zinc) deficiency in plants is corrected by:
Cu (Copper) deficiency in plants is corrected by:


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