Most growers aren't aware that Mo is one of the six micronutrients necessary for green plants' growth and unarguably the most important one. One of Molybdenum's most prominent features is that it's rarely deficient and is known for its immobile nature. However, the question arises what you should do if your plants experience a Molybdenum deficiency? Let's find out!
Why is Molybdenum Essential for Plants?
Molybdenum converts nitrogen within the plant into ammonia. This process is mandatory for plants to survive and thrive for a long time. Apart from that, Mo is useful for different cycles like sulfur and potassium cycles. Mostly active in the plants' roots and seeds, Mo nutrients are essential for the plant's growth.
How can You Identify Molybdenum Deficiency in Plants?
The symptoms of Molybdenum deficiency appear in the older leaves at the roots of the plants. The most prominent feature is that the leaves appear yellow and sometimes light green at the start of the deficiency progress. However, take a look at the following points when you want to identify Mo deficiency in plants.
• Plants on the mid-level turn yellow.
• Younger leaves may experience curled edges.
• Leaves may encounter a pale green color.
How to Cure Molybdenum Deficiency in Plants?
The first course of action when dealing with Mo deficiency is to check the pH balance, both in hydroponic growing systems and the soil. Remember, a pH imbalance will block out the nutrient uptake from the root of the plants.
Additionally, as a grower, you must also regularly check the pH levels and ensure that they remain within the appropriate range. The ideal pH range for most plants is within the 5.5 – 6.5 bracket. This range shows that the nutrients present in both water or soil are soluble, making them ideal to stay in the plant's root system.
Flushing Plants for Immediate Results
After you know that pH is within the correct range, the best approach is the flush your growing plant with pH balanced and nutrient-rich water. All this flush will reset the pH and remove any salts buildup, which may affect Molybdenum's uptake. Another option is to use a flushing agent to make the entire process more effective. What most growers do is that they implement to increase Molybdenum is by using foliar sprays. A results-driven, dilute foliar spray comprises Molybdenum and several other nutrients, which bring back foliage at a healthy green level.
Now that you know about the benefits of evaluating Molybdenum deficiency in the soil and hydroponic growing systems. However, you must also understand how you can spot deficiency! Just keep the necessary tools on hand to ensure that your plants are in the best of health. So, do you want to learn more about nutrient deficiency? Then, keep reading our nutrient deficiency series, along with our article on micro vs. micronutrients. Or visit our website groindoor.com or connect with us at 866-GRO-INDR for more information on plant growth.