fertilizer breakdown

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asquiths
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fertilizer breakdown

Post by asquiths » Sun Mar 05, 2006 12:49 pm

Hi

How do fertilizers become available once applied to the soil ?

Are they broken down by Microbes ? If so how does it work ?

And finaly At what point do they become available to the plant..Are they broken down first by microbes and released or do they break down naturaly then are converted by microbes ?

i need to know in which stages what does what !

thank you

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Post by victor » Sun Mar 05, 2006 12:54 pm

don't forget that some fertilizer compounds are polaric molecules, so they get dissolved in water inside the soil....
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Post by MrMistery » Sun Mar 05, 2006 6:17 pm

have you ever read what it says on a bottle of fertilisers? What it contains? They contain inorganic ions, which the earth has naturally, but not enough. The "key ingredients" in fertilisers are nitrogen oxide ions like: NO3-, NO4- etc
So they don't need to be turned into anything, the plant can just use them...
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