Plant Nutrient Storage
Date: Spring 2010
Which nutrients are used right away and which are stored
for later in a plant?
In general, this is referred to as "nutrient allocation" or "resource
allocation" in plants. Different plant species allocate nutrients to
growth, storage, etc. differently depending upon the season, age of
the plant, climate, etc. Generally though, nutrients like nitrogen,
phosphorus, and potassium are mainly used right away to promote
growth. Sugars produced during photosynthesis are often stored in the
roots as starch.
Also perhaps helpful:
Missouri Botanical Garden
c/o Harvard University Herbaria
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Update: June 2012