Potassium (K) is one of the key nutrients in plants mostly because its roles are wholly centred to functions with directly affect the quality of any produce, especially vegetables. It can be applied as a basal dressing where it is part of the normal NPK fertilizers as well as a foliar during flower and fruit set in various crops.

Potassium role in plants cannot be understated

Importance of potassium in Plants

  • Potassium is responsible for proper root development and nutrient uptake.
  • It improves movement of nutrients in the plant.
  • Improves fruit quality flavour and taste as well as the shelf life of the fruits.
  • Enhances the fruit color size and seed formation.
  • Enhances uniform growth and ripening of fruits.

Deficiency symptoms in Plants

Older leaves may look scorched around the edges and /or wilted. Stunted weak stalks and, excessive lodging and short internodes will be observed in affected plants.

In some plants there is premature shedding of the leaves with Interveinal chlorosis (yellowing between the leave veins) seen developing at leaf tips.

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