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Old 1 Day Ago   #1
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Default Plant Talker and Nutrient Deficiencies

If I wanted to learn how to look at my plants to develop an idea of what is missing in my soil and what the plants need. Is there a book I can buy or a place I can go to develop these skills? I need to learn from a "plant talker."
How many of the growers here know how to decide what to feed their plants based on how they look? I know one person who says his plants tell him what they need. He never gets a soil test, grows organically and has fantastic results. He is unwilling to disclose his secrets.
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That's because he has no secrets. In soil it's fairly simple. Add fertilizer, water, and make sure you keep diseases and pests away if possible and needed.
Haifa and now Yara have some decent guides to deficiencies, but I feel like there is still a lot more to improve on these guides (as I have learned after starting to grow without soil). You will almost never run into them in normal decent soil, the only one you might encounter is iron deficiency which is quite easy to see.

If you ever see some great plants and think, what is that guy doing that his plants look so good, 90% of times is because he uses more fertilizer.
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If I wanted to learn how to look at my plants to develop an idea of what is missing in my soil and what the plants need. Is there a book I can buy or a place I can go to develop these skills? I need to learn from a "plant talker."
How many of the growers here know how to decide what to feed their plants based on how they look? I know one person who says his plants tell him what they need. He never gets a soil test, grows organically and has fantastic results. He is unwilling to disclose his secrets.
We send leaf samples to Servi Tech in Kansas for leaf analysis. We no longer have to guess.
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Leaf analysis sounds pretty solid to me.
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Lubadub, There is a 3 volume set titled "The Garden doctor" by Jacob Mittleider that addresses how to diagnose and treat nutritional deficiencies in plants. It was one of the first I purchased when I got into growing tomatoes.

https://growfood.com/shop/the-garden-doctor-vol-1-3/

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Ami, thank you. The book really looks interesting. Has it been of real value to you? Are you growing organically?. Do you get soil tests done? Have you ever done tissue analysis as was suggested here in an earlier post?
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