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What is a fertilizer?

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K. Tanaka

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K. Tanaka, Librarian, Oklahoma

Answered Feb 01, 2021

Fertilizer is a substance that includes chemicals, and these chemicals are included for the purpose of helping plants grow. Many plants require fertilizer so that they can grow at an appropriate rate and be productive. While most fertilizers have chemicals, there are some fertilizers that are natural.

This allows the fertilizer to the group at a natural rate. There are two main ways that fertilizers work. One way is by adding nutrients to the soil. Another way they work is by modifying the retention and aeration of the soil's water. There are three main macronutrients in fertilizer, including nitrogen, calcium, and sulfur.

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E. Dixon

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Answered Jan 29, 2021

A fertilizer is any substance of natural or synthetic origin applied to soil or plants to supply one or more plant nutrients that are crucial for the growth and sustainability of plant life. Many suppliers of fertilizer exist, both natural and industrially produced. Fertilizers develop healthy plants.

The second method by which some fertilizers act improves the soil's effectiveness by adjusting its water retention and aeration. Nitrogen must be available in a fixed form so that plants can get the nutrients needed. Fertilizers are commonly used for growing crops.

Fertilizers are widely used for growing all crops, with application rates that depend on soil fertility, typically as measured by a soil test and according to the specific crop.

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M. Jabrowsky

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M. Jabrowsky, Bank Manager, Ohio

Answered Jan 25, 2021

Fertilizer is an important element in growing crops. Fertilizer is added to plant in order to aid their fast growth. It enhances the fertility of the soil and land, which helps to maximize crop yields. Fertilizers can be natural and mechanically produced.

There are different types of fertilizers include inorganic fertilizers are made up of chemicals, organic fertilizers are made from natural and organic products, which are mainly manure, compost or animal and plant products, nitrogen fertilizers, phosphorus fertilizers, potassium fertilizer, and so on. Fertilizers come in different forms it can be in the form of liquid, solids, or gases; it is sometimes added to the soil directly or to foliage.

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Daniel Frederic

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Answered Jan 20, 2021


Fertilizer is used in soil and also used in plant tissues. The purpose is to give plants the nutrients that they need to grow. There are many types of fertilizers that exist. Some of them are natural and some are made by man.

Crops remove a certain amount of nutrients from the soil, so fertilizer is used in the place so that the plants have all the nutrients they need. Fertilizer is important because without it, we would not have the high amount of plants that we have now, which would impact the fruits and vegetables that we all enjoy.

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B. Lucian

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B. Lucian, Literature Professor, Diploma in Classic Literature, Denver, Colorado

Answered Jan 17, 2021

Fertilizer is any item applied to soil or to plant tissues to provide one or more plant nutrients vital to plants' growth. Many sources of fertilizers are on the market, both natural and mechanically produced. Fertilizers boost the growth of plants. This objective can be accomplished in two ways: additives that give nutrients or enrich the soil's value by modifying its water retention and aeration.

The three chief macronutrients in fertilizer include nitrogen for leaf growth and phosphorus to develop the root, flower seeds, and fruit. The secondary macronutrients include calcium, magnesium, and sulfur. The nutrients necessary for healthy plant life are classified according to the elements, but the elements are not utilized as fertilizer.

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E. Barnes

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E. Barnes, Professional Gamer, Professional Gamer, Washington

Answered Jan 14, 2021

A fertilizer is a type of substance that will contain different chemical elements that are supposed to improve the growth of plants. There are a lot of plants that would rely on fertilizers so that they can become more productive. Take note that some fertilizers are also natural which means that the plants would be growing better naturally on their own.

Some people do not like ingesting fruits and vegetables that have become exposed to fertilizers because they feel that this can affect their health somewhat. There are different sources of fertilizers that exist. Take note that there are different types of fertilizers that exist right now.

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W. Wright

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W. Wright, Biology student, Biology student, Astoria

Answered Jan 12, 2021

A fertilizer is a chemical substance that is supplied to the ground to make it more suitable for growing plants. Some types of fertilizers are supplied to crops in order to increase their productivity. Fertilizers are very important in farming as they help farmers increase crop yield. They work by supplying necessary nutrients such as potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorus to the plants.

While there are different types of fertilizers, it is important to always apply the right ones to your crops. Failure to do so, the effects can be counterproductive. As mentioned earlier, the different types of fertilizers are inorganic fertilizers, organic fertilizers, nitrogen fertilizers, phosphorus fertilizers, etc.

Aside from some of the benefits of fertilizers listed above, they usually have rapid effects on crops. Also, they dissolve very easily in the soil and are very reliable. However, it is important to note that fertilizers also have some disadvantages.

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