Our Main NPK Nutrients are derived from:
Soy Protein, Bone Meal, Rock Phosphate, Potassium Sulfate, Vegetable Protein
The Micro-Nutrients are mainly derived from:
Kelp Extract, Epsom Salt, Borate (Sodium Borate), Ferrous Sulfate (Iron), Copper Suflate, Manganese Sulphate.
You may also notice that our nutrients contain Humic Acids, derived from leonardite, which help condition the soil, allow the plant to retain water and help with nutrient uptake.
How do these ingredients make our nutrients great?
Below you will find the beneficial macro & micronutrients that make our Green Rush Nutrients so effective!
Macronutrients: Macronutrients are nutrients that are needed by your plant in most abundance. Similar to humans, plants need different quantities of nutrients at different times in their growth cycle. For example, high amounts of Nitrogen are needed in Veg, while higher amounts of Phosphorous and Potassium are required in the flowering stage to ensure proper bud growth. Macronutrients can be further distinguished into two categories Primary Nutrients & Secondary nutrients.
Micronutrients: Micronutrients are essential nutrients for the plant’s health however they are only needed in trace amounts. Plant micronutrients include boron (B), chlorine (Cl), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo) nickel (Ni), and zinc (Zn).
Primary Nutrients: Primary nutrients include Nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P) & Potassium (K) and are commonly known as the NPK nutrients. When shopping around for nutrients, you will notice that most, if not all companies, brand the NPK values on the front of the bottle. These values represent the percentage distribution of each nutrient in the container. For example a 2-0-0 NPK means that that 2% of the nutrients are made up of Nitrogen. Based on their application, growing medium recommendations and other contained nutrients, varying NPK values can provide different support for a plant.
Secondary Nutrients: Secondary nutrients include Calcium, Magnesium and Sulphur and are essential to your plant’s growth, however are needed in smaller quantities compared to the primary NPK nutrients.
Nitrogen (N): Nitrogen is a compound in the chlorophyll molecule which essentially helps the plant to eat, grow and take on it's leafy green color.
Phosphorous (P): Phosphorous is key in plant development and maturity as it plays a role in new tissue development & division of cells.
Potassium (K): Potassium activates essential enzymes in the plant which support food/sugar transplant, photosynthesis & more.
Calcium (Ca): Calcium is a secondary nutrient that is crucial in the production and formation of plant tissues, cell walls and membranes. It is needed in fair amounts to ensure proper plant structure. A calcium deficiency can cause stunted growth in the plant and plant necrosis which is rapid cell death in the organs of the plant.
Manganese (Mn): Manganese, not to be mistaken with magnesium, is a micronutrient needed in trace amounts which supports photosynthesis, respiration and in several metabolic processes (2). Deficiencies in Manganese can cause stunted growth, yellowing of leaves and veins to appear in non-fully developed leaves.
Iron (Fe): Iron is a crucial micronutrient in most living organisms. In plants it plays an essential role in photosynthesis, respiration and in the synthesis of chlorophyll (1). A deficiency in iron can cause yellowing of the leaves between its veins known as leaf chlorosis. The veins will continue to stay green while the rest of the leaf will turn yellow. Without iron, the plant will also cease to grow and slowly die.
Boron (B): Boron is a micronutrient critical to plant health. It supports cell formation, structure and other necessary compounds in plant development. Boron is only required in small amounts as high quantities of the micronutrient may cause the cell tissue of the plant to die. A boron deficiency may cause the plant to grow organs abnormally such as the roots, stems or leaves.
Magnesium (Mg): Magnesium, a secondary nutrient, is vital in a plant’s life and is critical in photosynthesis. It is a component in Chlorophyll which helps the plant absorb energy through sunlight that in turn gives leaves their green color. A magnesium deficiency will cause yellowing in the plant’s leaves, first towards the lower half and will later make its way up the plant. If you have a magnesium deficiency, you will often notice that although the leaf itself begins to yellow, the veins in the leaf will remain green.
Copper (Cu): Copper is important in plants as it plays a part in enzyme activities, plays a role in Chlorophyll and is important for plant respiration. Copper can also affect the harvest by playing a part in flavor, smells etc. Similar to humans, deficiencies in copper can cause the plant to not grow properly and can open the plant up to disease and growth deformities.
1. Gyana R. Rout, Sunita Sahoo. ROLE OF IRON IN PLANT GROWTH AND METABOLISM, 2015
2. J. Soil Sci. Plant Nutr. v.10 n.4 Temuco 2010. MANGANESE AS ESSENTIAL AND TOXIC ELEMENT FOR PLANTS: TRANSPORT, ACCUMULATION AND RESISTANCE MECHANISMS