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All about Boron

Boron is a grey metalloid element which is only created in nature when stars go supernova or by the action of cosmic rays on other elements. This accounts for why it is not very abundant. It is generally used for making fibreglass, polymers, ceramics and borosilicate glass. It can also be used to make a ...

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All about Chlorine

Chlorine (Cl), in its natural form, is an incredibly reactive yellow-green gas. Fortunately, most chlorine is tied up in chloride salt compounds such as table salt (NaCl, sodium chloride). Chloride is very abundant on earth, particularly, in the form of salt in the Earth’s vast oceans and seas. Elemental chlorine is very toxic to all ...

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All about Manganese

Manganese (Mn) is a metal with a silvery appearance which is usually found in nature in minerals, particularly in combination with iron. It is used in many types of alloys, including stainless steel. It is also used for making pigments and certain manganese compounds are powerful oxidising agents. Although manganese is highly important in animals ...

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All about Zinc

Zinc is metal with a silvery appearance with a very slight blue tint. It is reasonably abundant in nature, most usually in the form of zinc sulphide. It shares some chemical characteristics with magnesium. Zinc has many industrial uses from doping silicon to produce semiconductor materials to producing paints, adhesives and batteries to name just ...

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All about Molybdenum

Molybdenum (Mo) is a silvery-white metal which has a very high melting point which is why it is often used in high temperature circumstances. When used in an alloy, it greatly increases hardness and strength of the resulting mixture which is why the vast majority of molybdenum is used for this purpose. Molybdenum is in ...

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All about Iron

Iron (Fe) is one of the most important micronutrients and is quite abundant. In nature, it is not usually found in its elemental form because when it is exposed to the elements it readily oxidises into rust (Iron Oxide, Fe2O3). Most of the iron found on earth is in the outer and outer core of ...

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All about Copper

Copper (Cu) is one of the few metals that can sometimes be found in its raw form in nature. This is why it was one of first metals to be used by humans (approximately 10,000 years ago). It has a bright pink-orange colour but the copper surface tarnishes to a brown colour fairly quickly when ...

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All about Sodium

Sodium (Na) is soft, highly reactive metal with a silvery-white appearance. The chemical symbol for it, Na, comes from its latin name, Natrium. It is a highly abundant element but because it is so reactive, it is never found in its elemental form. It is found in several different compounds, most commonly along with chloride ...

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All about Silicon

Silicon (Si) is neither a metal or non-metal. It is usually described as a “metalloid” or semi-metal. It can exist as a shiny crystalline substance but it is never really found in this form in nature. Pure crystalline silicon forms a thin layer of oxide on its surface which prevents oxidation of the pure silicon ...

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What do the different Macro and Micro Nutrients Do?

Every grower knows that plants need nutrients. A rich soil may be able to supply everything that a plant needs. Otherwise, the nutrients will need to be provided by adding them to the feed water. If you are using a high quality nutrient then it should be well-balanced and should contain everything that a plant ...

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