Nutritional/Physiological Disorders:Magnesium Deficiency

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  • deficiency 2


  • Typical deficiency symptom is yellowing of outside section of the lamina in older leaves, which is due to its mobility in the plant (Image1).
  • As the deficient leaf matures, chlorosis becomes more intense, and dark spots form, that later become necrotic.
  • Affected leaves become intense golden yellow in colour.
  • Leaf arrangement is affected, leading to a rosette appearance.
  • Another characteristic symptom is a bluish-purple colouration on the petioles called blue sickness (Image2).
  • When deficiency is severe, the basal section of the petiole separates and breaks from the pseudostem, causing early leaf senescence.