Correction of Boron Deficiency
Maxiboro is used to make up the Boron deficiency in plants. Boron deficiency is an uncommon disorder affecting plants growing in deficient soils. Boron may be present but locked up in soils with a high pH. The primary role of boron is its involvement in the stabilization of the primary cell walls in plant cells.
Boron is also involved in the carbohydrate metabolism in plants, protein synthesis, seed and cell wall formation, germination of pollen grains and growth of pollen tubes and sugar translocation.
Symptoms of Boron deficiency include dying growing tips and bushy stunted growth, extreme cases may prevent fruit set. Crop-specific symptoms include;
– Apple- interacting with calcium, may display as “water core”, internal areas appearing frozen
– Beetroot- rough, cankered patches on roots, internal brown rot.
– Cabbage- distorted leaves, hollow areas in stems.
– Cauliflower- poor development of curds, and brown patches. Stems, leafstalks and midribs roughened.
– Celery- leaf stalks develop cracks on the upper surface, inner tissue is reddish brown.
– Celeriac- causes brown heart rot
– Pears- new shoots die back in spring, fruits develop hard brown flecks in the skin.
– Strawberries- Stunted growth, foliage small, yellow and puckered at tips. Fruits are small and pale.
– Swede (rutabaga) and turnip- brown or gray concentric rings develop inside the roots.
– Arecaceae (Palm Tree) – brown spots on fronds & lower productivity.