Nutrients are necessary chemical compounds that are found in every living thing on the planet. They are required to break down food to supply energy to all organisms, including people, animals and plants. Plants rely mainly on sixteen elements for proper growth and development. Three of the elements the plants gather from the air; carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. The other thirteen come from the soil and can be broken out into two broad categories, macronutrients and micronutrients. This article will cover what macronutrients are, how the plant uses them and what deficiencies of each one tend to look like.
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