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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

IRON (Ferrous-Fe) deficiency symptoms

IRON (Ferrous-Fe) deficiency symptoms:

  • Leaves exhibit white/yellow chlorosis of the entire lamina and green band along the margin and mid-rib.
  • The chlorosis is more acute in spring and autumn than in summer, and is more evident under dry conditions.
  • Plants are generally stunted and the fruits are smaller in size.
Control Measures:

   a.   Manual application of ferrous sulphate @ 20g/ plant.


   b.   Spray chelated Ferrous salt @ 2g/l of water weekly once for 2-3 weeks.

Photo courtesy: TNAU, Tamilnadu, India.
Very severe stage of Ferrous deficiency

Ferrous deficiency in early stage
Iron (Fe) deficiency in calcareous soil
Iron deficiency is common and one of the most difficult deficiencies to correct in calcareous soils. A calcareous soil contains a high concentration of calcium carbonate and has a pH of about 8.3.

The symptom of Fe deficiency is known as “iron chlorosis” and is called “lime-induced chlorosis” when it occurs on calcareous soils. Deficiency symptoms occur on young leaves, which appear light yellowish to white in color, with the veins greener than the remainder of the leaf.

Ferrous deficiency symptoms in calcareous soils
Iron deficiency can be induced by high levels of P and Cu in the soil and commonly associated with Zn and Mn deficiencies.

Ferrous sulfate does not provide sufficient available iron when applied to either acid or alkaline soils because it quickly transforms to iron oxide.  Foliar application of Fe is not recommended due to lack of effectiveness and the most reliable means of correcting Fe chlorosis is by soil application of iron chelates.

A.Vishnu Sankar


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