Phosphorus Deficiency in Plants
Phosphorus is equally important in plants. It is necessary that any gardener see to it that the phosphorus level on the soil remains sufficient otherwise; the plant will suffer from many illnesses and growth abnormalities.
Benefits of Phosphorus in Plants
plays a major role in nutrient transport system
plays a major role in energy transfer
plays a major role in photosynthesis
vigorous growth of plants, as long as sufficient phosphorus is found in the soil
and absorbed by the plant
Symptoms of Phosphorus Deficiency
Plants with phosphorus deficiency are most likely to exhibit the following traits:
wilting of leaves
purple cast on leaves
lack of fruits on the plants
lack of flowers on the plant
tips of leaves easily dries off
Ways of Restoring Phosphorus into the Soil
An inexpensive way that can help farmers restore phosphorus into the soil includes the use of manure, particularly composted or vermicomposted manure. Other types of soil fertilizer may also be used, but be sure to apply it in its recommended amount and season to avoid over fertilizing the soil; because too much of this soil nutrient may also lead to unwanted reaction from your plants.
For best phosphorus formulation on your fertilizer, you may wish to submit soil sample to accredited laboratories for you to learn the appropriate phosphorus concentration that you have to use. However, in certain instances you may also make use of rock phosphate as source of phosphorus for the soil.