What is iron deficiency and how do you counter it
Iron is very important nutrient for a plant. It is a mineral that is used by the plant for the formation of leaf green.
It also plays a very large and important role in the photosynthesis process. In addition, iron is a coenzyme. Coenzymes are involved in the action of proteins, such as enzymes.
What are the causes of iron deficiency?
Iron deficiency can have multiple causes. Of course, everything starts with the substrate. A good substrate is essential for your plant. It is therefore important to constantly monitor the condition of your substrate. Below are a number of common deviations that can lead to iron deficiency
- Too little iron available in the soil or substrate.
- Too high pH value in the soil or substrate.
- Too low soil temperature.
- Too much zinc or manganese in the soil or substrate.
- Too much light on the nutrient tank.
- Algae in the feed water.
- Which plants can be affected?
It mainly affects acid-loving plants, such as the rhododendron and the azalea, which grow in alkaline soil (soil with a pH value higher than 7).
So the soil in which these plants grow is especially very calcareous. Iron deficiency is especially common in apple and pear trees.
How do you recognize iron deficiency?
Iron deficiency is visible in the head of the plant for the first time. A young leaf looks like it has been bleached. The leaves turn yellow, but the veins remain green. The reason for this is that after recording, iron can not be further distributed in the plant. The result is that the new leaves need to be continuously supplied with new iron from the roots. However, because iron is only absorbed via the root tips, the plant has to keep producing new roots to continue to meet iron requirements.
How do you tackle iron deficiency?
To counter iron deficiency, you can add iron by using, for example, CANNA MONO FERRO. This is an iron spray for the growth phase and the first three weeks of the flowering phase. This additive stimulates the formation of leaf green, increases the resistance and accelerates the growth and flowering of the plant.