Name:__________________ Date:___________________ PLANT NUTRITION The attached information was obtained from the Plant-Prod Feeding Guide. Read each section and answer the following questions. INTRODUCTION 1. In your own words describe the “Law of the Minimum”. 2. How many nutrients are essential for healthy plant growth? What are they? PLANT NUTIRITION EXPLAINED 3. What are the three primary nutrients? 4. If a fertilizer was labeled as 15-18-10, what does each number refer to? 5. What does each primary nutrient do? You’ve decided to start fertilizing your plants. At your local garden centre you find there are many different types of fertilizers (granular, liquird, water soluble, slow-release) and many different combinations of nutrients. From the following list, pick one fertilizer for each question and explain why it would be your first choice. 20-20-20 15-30-15 10-52-10 30-10-10 15-15-30 6. You’ve just transplanted a flower into your garden._________________ 7. You want a really green healthy lawn._____________________ 8. You’d like to increase the quality of your tomatoes._________________ 9. You want to promote an overall healthy plant.____________________ 10. You’d like your garden to flower more frequently and with larger blooms.________________ 7 EASY STEPS 11. What are the 10 things you should think about to improve the health of a garden? 12. Knowing the science behind plant growth, why would pruning plants stimulate new growth? What has been removed and what grows instead? 13. What do you think the word ”antidesiccant” means? Thinking about the ideas from this course, why would it be important to protect the plant with an antidesiccant?