How Do N-P-K and pH Affect Your Garden?
|N – Nitrogen||Nitrogen is responsible for producing leaf growth and green leaves. Too little and leaves turn yellow and the plant's growth is stunted. Too much and you'll have lots of foliage but delayed flowering and poor quality fruit.|
|P – Phosphorus||Phosphorus is a major player in plant genetics and seed development. It also aids in plant maturity and disease resistance while increasing fruit development and seed yield.|
|K – Potassium||Potassium (Potash) strengthens the plant as it aids in early growth, stem strength and improves the color and flavor of fruit. Not enough potassium will result in plants that are stunted and have poorly developed root systems.|
|pH||This is a balance of acidity and alkalinity in the soil that affects how well your plants absorb the available nutrients. All plants have a preference for a certain pH level. Knowing what the pH level is for your soil can make it easier to determine what plants will thrive and provide a guideline for adjusting the pH level to accommodate specific plants.|