Biology Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for biology researchers, academics, and students. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

How do plants intake the fertilizer when it is sprayed all over the leaf surface as a foliar feed?

share|improve this question
A nice review by Wocjik (2004) – David LeBauer May 2 '12 at 23:30
up vote 4 down vote accepted

They absorb minerals through pores in the leaves known as stomata, this is some what similar to the way a medicine patch is absorbed on human skin except for the fact that the human skin has sweat pores instead of stomata.

Here is a animation of them opening and closing on a tomato plant provided by Wikipedia:


A nice review by Wocjik (2004) (from the comments)

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.