A crucial crop nutrient for many aspects of crop development is Calcium. Plants rely heavily on calcium for the development of plant tissue and enhanced plant growth. It contributes to the structure of cells and holds together the cell walls of plants, making it a necessary nutrient for plant cell walls and membranes. The activation of specific enzymes and the transmission of signals that regulate specific cellular functions, both depend on calcium.
Plants also need calcium in order for plant roots to be able to absorb air, water, and required nutrients from the soil. It is necessary for the regular development of a healthy root system. Additionally, calcium improves plant defence against external threats and raises the value of fodder crops as feed for livestock.
Symptoms of calcium deficiency
Crops lacking in calcium have poor root development and the demise of their root tips. Lack of calcium may leave the crops susceptible to ailments like black heart in celery, tip burn in cabbage, and blossom end rot in tomatoes.
Since calcium is immobile in plants, symptoms of a deficit will manifest on younger leaves if the supply of fresh calcium is cut off or restricted. The growing tip of new leaves may perish, and they have curled edges and distortions.
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