Plant care basics
There is a difference in growing a plant in a pot and soil. The soil is the natural platform to grow any plant. The soil will act as a medium to the plant to develop the root and intake the water and nutrients to grow healthily. Usually, the soil contains organic carbon, nutrients and micro nutrients and other supplements needed for the plant. We have to add organic or inorganic fertilizer to grow the plant with respect to the species. In other hand we can grow a plant in a container like pot, plastic bag or any other medium without planting in the soil. In many houses people grow their plant in terrace, balcony, varanda in a pot since they dont have the empty ground.
To grow a plant we can use many medium other than soil. Such as
- Coir pith/dust
- Pot mixture
If the plant is grown in a pot it needs extra care since the nutrients are not available naturally. We have to feed water, fertilizer in order to grow a healthy plant. Some of the major nutrients needed to the plant are follows,
Some of the trace nutrients needed follows
We do not have these nutrients in direct form. We have to get it from the combination of fertilizer and manure.
Organic fertilizers are naturally taken from agri waste, animal waste, rocks and microbes. It will enrich the soil or grow medium to plant intake. The quantity of the fertilizers are limited to every plant. Overuse of the fertilizer will harm the plant and it may lead to death of the plant. We need to provide the fertilizer in a right quantity.