Can plants recover from nutrient deficiency? - The Planted Tank Forum
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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-05-2019, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Can plants recover from nutrient deficiency?

A couple of my plants have holes and are lacking nutrients . I've upped my ei dosing and hopefully will combat this . Was just wondering will they recover. Some have holes and some are turning brown from nitrate deficiency .

Will they recover over time ?
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Been going through this with new tanks and low bioload. No nitrates and adding liquid ferts just caused high phosphate and algae due to the unbalance.
Cutting the worst part of the tops out will help them grow back faster.
It really is a pain going through the new tank syndrome.

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No they wonít. Focus on the new growth. If you want more info read up on mobile and immobile nutrients.

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As stated above, the answer is yes and no. No, the current leaves and/or stems won't recover. The will stay as they are or die off completely. Assuming you have corrected your deficiencies, the new growth will be what you want to see.
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One of the interesting thing about stem plants is sometimes your water dosing just sucks and the top of the plant stunts (stops growing). If you cut off that stunted top, the stem plant will typically grow 2-3 side shoots which, assuming your fixed the water parameters, will actually be healthier that to original plant. It takes time, but it does work.
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