All growing plants need phosphorus. It hastens maturity, increases seed yield and fruit development, and increases resistance to disease and the vitamin content of plants. A deficiency can result in stunted growth and seed sterility.
You can add phosphorus to your soil in the form of phosphorus rock. This is a natural rock product containing from 28 to 30 percent phosphorus. The rock is finely ground and the phosphate is available to the plants as they need it. Phosphate rock is especially effective in soils containing plenty of organic matter. The bacteria which thrive in such humus-rich soils secrete organic acids that promote the break down and availability of the phosphorus. Humus forms its acids slowly, releasing nutrients to the plants as they need them.
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