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Magnesium (Mg) deficiency, sometimes called "sand drown," occurs primarily on sandy soils during seasons of excessive rainfall. The first symptom of deficiency is loss of green color from lower leaves. On individual leaves it begins at the tips and margins and proceeds toward the base and center. Interveinal tissues become chlorotic while veinal areas remain green (photo). In extreme cases, lower leaves turn almost white and chlorotic symptoms progress to higher leaves. Mg deficient leaves rarely develop necrotic spots. It may occur at any stage of growth but occurs most often following rapid growth during the leaf production phase (4-8 weeks after transplanting). High rates of K and/or Ca on low Mg soils may enhance Mg deficiency.
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Kingdom: Other damage agents
Phylum: Other damage agents
Class: Other damage agents
Order: Abiotic
Family: Nutrient deficiency
Subject: magnesium deficiency


Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Nicotiana
Subject: Nicotiana tabacum (flue-cured type) L.
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Sunday, March 10, 2002
Image last updated:
Thursday, July 21, 2011