The lives of plants can be as short as a few weeks or months, but as individuals develop, they go through distinct changes. The development for humans is child, toddler, teenager, young adult, middle aged adult, and senior citizen, while plants go through vegetative, budding, flowering and ripening stages from seed to sprout. Similarly, the dietary needs of people and plants are evolving.
Each seed contains a small portion of nutrients, which is all they need to germinate and start developing their first pair of leaves.
As the roots of plants develop and spread, the rapid growth from spindly seedling to healthy plant is fuelled by a boost of easily absorbed, well-balanced nutrients.
Nitrogen is a crucial component of chlorophyll, the green pigment of plants, because as their attention relies on growing stalks and foliage, it is the essential nutrient.
At the beginning of the reproductive cycle of a plant, the transition from rising leaves to developing buds, phosphorus is in extra high demand.
In growing and transporting sugars and starch seeds, potassium plays a primary role as they produce healthy flowers and fruits.
They require a week or two of only water without nutrients, a mechanism known as “flushing,” when flowers and fruit are reaching full growth, so they can use up all the nutrients they have already consumed.
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