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Organic nitrogen fertilizer

Organic nitrogen fertilizer might be a good option for you if you wish to minimize the harmful environmental impacts often associated with the use of chemical fertilizers. It is also a great option for those that prioritise soil structure and health, or those who are new to growing and want to lower the risks of overfeeding. This article will discuss the following with regards to organic nitrogen fertilizer:

  • What (organic) nitrogen fertilizers are
  • The advantages of an organic nitrogen fertilizer
  • Organic nitrogen fertilizers from BAC

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Organic nitrogen fertilizer: what it is 

Nitrogen is one of the most important and also one of the most volatile nutrients that plants need. Chemical nitrogen fertilizers often end up in the groundwater or the atmosphere. NPK (Nitrogen Phosphorus and Potassium) are the primary macronutrients that plants need. They are referred to as macro nutrients because they are required in larger quantities than the micro nutrients or trace elements. Nitrogen plays an important role in the development of leaves and the process of photosynthesis.

Plants for which the development of leaves or greens is more important will need more nitrogen than plants where the focus lies on blooming and flowering. When plants suffer from a Nitrogen deficiency leaves will turn yellow and plant growth will be halted, Nitrogen is essential for a plant’s survival as plants rely on it to form protein. Nitrogen can be found in the atmosphere and might be naturally present in the soil, but rarely in sufficient amounts. Therefore, adding Nitrogen to the soil is almost always necessary. In principle, organic and synthetic fertilizers serve the same purpose: to provide crops with the required nutrients.

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An organic nitrogen fertilizer differs from a chemical nitrogen fertilizer as organic nitrogen stems from an organic source, such as manure, compost or feather meal for example. Read more about organic fertilizer here.

Organic nitrogen fertilizer: advantages 

There are many advantages to using organic nitrogen fertilizer, that go beyond just minimising the negative environmental impact that might occur when using synthetic nitrogen. Here are some of those advantages of using an organic nitrogen fertilizer:

  • Organic nitrogen fertilizer is far more efficient than chemical fertilizer. You will need to apply less product and will have to apply it less frequently in comparison with chemical fertilizer. 
  • Using organic nitrogen fertilizer will improve soil structure and quality
  • The risk of overfeeding is far smaller when using organic fertilizers as opposed to when using chemical fertilizers
  • Organic fertilizers are a sustainable and environmentally friendly choice

Organic nitrogen fertilizer: from BAC

BAC offers a range of high-quality organic fertilizers that will help you on your journey to growing crops organically. Click here to see the full range of organic products available. Whether a synthetic or an organic fertilizer or a hybrid suit your needs best ultimately depends on the circumstances and context in which you are growing. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. If you are unsure which would best suit your particular needs, have questions about our products or want some personal advice, please feel free to contact our knowledge centre here.

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