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Chapter 2. Fertilizer Management for Vegetable Production in Florida1

Guodong Liu, Eric H. Simonne, Kelly T. Morgan, George J. Hochmuth, Monica Ozores-Hampton, and Shinsuke Agehara2

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This publication is included in the Vegetable Production Handbook fof Florida, 2015-2016 edition.


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This is Chapter 2 of the Vegetable Production Handbook of Florida, 2016-2017 edition. The most current version of this chapter may be found at


This eight-page chapter covers:

  • Best Management Practices

  • Soils

  • Fertilization

  • Right Rate

  • Right Source

  • Right Place

  • Right Time


Table 1. A general guideline to crop tolerance of mineral soil acidity.

Table 2. Liming materials.

Table 3. Effect of some fertilizer materials on soil pH.

Table 4. Nutrient elements required by plants.

Table 5. Target pH and Nitrogen (N) fertilization recommendations for selected vegetable crops in mineral soils of Florida.

Table 6. Mehlich-1 (double-acid) and Mehlich-3 interpretations for vegetable crops in Florida.

Table 7. Phosphorus (P, expressed as P2O5) and potassium (K, expressed as K2O) fertigation recommendations for selected vegetable crops in mineral soils for Florida based on low, medium, and high soil test index using MEHLICH 3 SOIL EXTRACATANT METHOD.

Table 8. Fertigation and supplemental fertilizer recommendations on mineral soils testing low in potassium (K2O) based on the MEHLICH 3 SOIL EXTRACTION METHOD.

Table 10. Interpretations of Mehlich-1 soil tests for micronutrients.

Table 11. Some nutrients and fertilizer management for vegetable production in Florida.



This document is CV296, one of a series of the Horticultural Sciences Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date June 2015. Revised June 2016. Visit the EDIS website at Extracts and expands upon Chapter 1 "Vegetable Production in Florida" of Vegetable and Small Fruit Production Handbook of Florida 2016–2017.


Guodong Liu, assistant professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, Gainesville, FL 32611; Eric H. Simonne professor, Office of District Extension Directors, Gainesville, FL 32611; Kelly T. Morgan, professor, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Immokalee, FL; George J. Hochmuth, professor, Soil and Water Science Department, Gainesville, FL 32611; Monica Ozores-Hamptom, associate professor, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Immokalee, FL; and Shinsuke Agehara, assistant professor, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Wimauma, FL.

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