Just like humans, plants have to have sufficient amounts of minerals to stay healthy. one in all these includes nitrogen, a crucial aspect within the nucleic and protein build up in plants.

Plants littered with deficiency of nitrogen display the subsequent traits:

The chlorophyll content of the plant leaves is reduced which ends in straw color. Older leaves turn completely yellow.

Flowering, fruiting, protein and starch contents are reduced. Reduction in protein ends up in stunted growth and dormant lateral buds.


A nitrogen deficiency can have several causes:

- Excess potassium, zinc, and manganese within the soil or substrate.

- an excessive amount of chloride within the soil

- insufficient nitrogen available within the soil or substrate

- Too high pH level within the root environment

- Dysfunctional rootage because of damage, disease or low temperatures of the soil

- Nitrogen is definitely soluble and thus easy to cleanout

There are two routes to travel when fixing a nitrogen deficiency within the soil, either organic or non-organic.


To correct a nitrogen deficiency using organic methods requires time, but will lead to a more even distribution of the added nitrogen over time. Some organic methods of adding nitrogen to the soil include:

1) Adding composted manure to the soil

2) Planting a manure crop, like borage

3) Planting nitrogen-fixing plants like peas or beans

4) Adding settlings to the soil


Nitrogen is a plant fertilizer is common when purchasing chemical fertilizers. When looking to specifically add nitrogen to your garden, choose a fertilizer that contains a high first number within the NPK ratio. The NPK ratio will look something like 10-10-10 and also the first number tells you the number of nitrogen. employing a nitrogen fertilizer to mend a nitrogen deficiency within the soil will provide a big, fast boost of nitrogen to the soil, but will fade quickly.