Tree Fruit Soils and Nutrition



The 17 essential elements are: 

C H O P K N S Ca Fe Mg B Mn Cu Zn Mo Cl Ni

Carbon (C), Hydrogen (H), and Oxygen (O)



Form used by plants:

    CO2, H2O, O2

These are derived from water and the atmosphere and are not considered mineral elements.

Important functions:

    • Necessary for photosynthesis

    • Components of organic compounds (NADPH for example, which is a critical coenzyme important in oxidation-reduction reactions)

    • Major components of carbohydrates


Updated July 13, 2004


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