What is the Use of Potassium in Plants?

Potassium and Plants

Potassium is a essential nutrient for plants to grow. It is second only to nitrogen. Potassium affects things like color, plant size and shape, taste and other physical attributes.

Here is a list of what plants use potassium for.

  • regulate CO2
  • produce of ATP
  • regulate water
  • improve drought resistance
  • protein and starch synthesis
  • enzyme activation

Plants deficient in potassium will exhibit these signs.

  • scorched leaves with yellowing at edges
  • slow or stunted growth
  • poor resistance to temperature changes
  • poor resistance to drought
  • defoliation