Plant Deficiencies

Hydroponic gardening's popularity has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years, especially in North America.

The correct diagnosis of nutritional deficiencies is important in maintaining optimum plant growth.  The recognition of  these symptoms allows growers to fine tune their nutritional regime as well as minimize stress conditions.  However, the symptoms expressed are often dependent on the species of plant growth, stage of growth, or other controlling factors.  Therefore, growers should become familiar with nutritional deficiencies on a crop-by-crop basis. 

What to do About Them

Record keeping and photographs are excellent tools for assisting in the diagnosis of nutrient deficiencies.  Photographs allow growers to compare symptoms to previous situations in a step-by-step approach to problem solving.  Accurate records help in establishing trends as well as responses to corrective treatments.

You will find pictures and brief descriptions of some of the most common deficiencies in the plant world. Should you not find the picture that resembles one of these deficiencies, check our plant disease page, as it could be a disease.