rusty nails

Discussion in 'Soils, Fertilizers and Composting' started by hildegard Richter, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. hildegard Richter

    hildegard Richter Member

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    Are there any plants for which rusty nails, dug in around the roots, would be beneficial?
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    No.

    If you're trying to dispose of some nails, take them to a metal recycling centre.
     
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    Plants lacking iron?
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Wouldn't work - the iron in rust isn't sufficiently soluble unless the soil is extremely acidic. Iron needs to be in a soluble form such as ferrous sulphate, or chelated in organic compounds, for plants to be able to take it up.
     

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