diagram of twelve important nutrients. Primary: Nitrogen, Potassium, Phosphorus. Secondary: Calcium, Sulfur, Magnesium. Micro: Manganese, Iron, Copper, Molybdenum, Boron, Zinc

Plant nutrients

Nutrients Plants absorb nutrients from the soil that are essential for growth, development, and survival. These nutrients can be divided into primary (or macro), secondary, and micronutrients. Plants take in these nutrients through their roots. Some nutrients may move freely throughout the plant, while others cannot. If a nutrient can be moved, the plant will be able to provide newer parts with nutrients taken from older tissue. When the plant is unable to move nutrients