Calcium nitrate fertilizer is a type of fertilizer that contains calcium nitrate as its primary source of nutrients. It is widely used in agriculture and horticulture to provide plants with calcium and nitrogen essential nutrients.
Calcium is an important nutrient for plant development, as it plays a crucial role in cell wall formation, enzyme activity, and overall plant structure. Nitrogen is also vital for plants, as it is a key component of amino acids, proteins, and chlorophyll, which are necessary for plant growth and photosynthesis.
Calcium nitrate fertilizer is highly soluble in water, making it readily available for plant uptake. It can be applied to plants through various methods, including foliar spraying or soil application. The nitrogen in calcium nitrate is in the form of nitrate, which is quickly absorbed by plant roots.
This fertilizer is commonly used in greenhouse cultivation, hydroponics, and crops that require additional calcium, such as tomatoes, peppers, and apples. It helps prevent calcium deficiencies in plants, leading to disorders like blossom end rot in tomatoes or tip burn in lettuce.
It’s important to follow the recommended application rates and guidelines provided by the manufacturer when using calcium nitrate fertilizer to ensure proper plant nutrition and prevent overfertilization, which can be detrimental to plants and the environment.
Apply with cover sprays every other week until 2 or 3 weeks before harvest using 3 pounds per hundred gallons of spray. Calcium Nitrate is compatible with most insecticides and fungicides used on vegetables, floral crops, and fruit crops. Do not use it in combination with sulfates.