Guideline Index

Chapter 3: Plant Nutrient Requirements

3.1 Introduction

Plants require nutrients for normal growth. These must be in a form useable by the plants and in concentrations that allow optimum plant growth. Furthermore, the concentrations of the various soluble soil nutrients must be properly balanced.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this chapter, you should:

  • Know which nutrients are essential for plant growth.
  • Know which nutrients are required in large quantities.
  • Understand the principles of the nutrient cycles for the major nutrients.
  • Know which nutrients are required in smaller quantities.