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Symptoms of K deficiency in tobacco first appear on lower or middle leaves and move up the plant as the problem becomes more severe. The distinguishing characteristic is mottled or "scorched" appearance that develops at the tips and along the edges of leaves. In the early stages, mottles are pale green or yellow, followed by the development of brown or dead centers. As the deficiency increases, mottles tend to run together and the dead areas fall out resulting in ragged leaf margins. Because the remaining green areas continue to grow, leaves often develop a crumpled or puckered appearance with edges cupping downward. K deficiencies appear to be encouraged by dry weather. Also, tobacco is usually less stunted by a deficiency of K than by a deficiency of either N or P.
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Kingdom: Other damage agents
Phylum: Other damage agents
Class: Other damage agents
Order: Abiotic
Family: Nutrient deficiency
Subject: potassium deficiency


Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Nicotiana
Subject: Nicotiana tabacum (burley type) L.
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Image uploaded:
Monday, January 1, 1990
Image last updated:
Tuesday, August 2, 2011