Epsom Salt Organic Plant Fertilizer
Many people know the medicinal benefits of Epsom Salt. It is quite useful
in the home garden, too. This naturally occurring chemical, was first found
in wells in Epsom, England in the early 1800's.
Gardeners use Epsom Salt as a natural plant supplement. Interestingly,
researchers are not completely sold on its benefits. Yet, home gardeners
who use it, swear by its benefits. What makes Epsom Salt so good for your
plants? It's the Magnesium and Sulfur content.
Epsom salt is helpful in all soils. But, it is more effective in acidic soil.
Did you Know? Like other salts, Epsom Salt can melt ice. But, it is
slower, and costlier than other salts.
Benefit to Plants:
Magnesium and Sulfur are two key elements in Epsom Salt, that help your plants.
These minerals play an important role in your plant's health and growth.
Epsom salt is highly soluble, making it easy to be absorbed by plant roots
Magnesium is sometimes absent or scarce in garden soil. It is very important
to seed germination, and the production of chlorophyll. It helps to strengthen
cell walls, aiding in the formation of fruit and seeds. It also improves
your plants' ability to take up other important chemicals, like nitrogen,
phosphorous and sulfur.
Sulfur is essential to the inner working of plants.
Chemical Composition of Epsom Salt
The chemical composition of Epsom Salt is MgSO4-7H20
It includes: Magnesium, Sulfur, Oxygen, and Hydrogen
There... aren't you happy that you know!?
Insect and Pest Deterrence:
Epsom Salt is a natural deterrence for some garden pests.
Slugs stay away from it. Sprinkle a little in a circle around your plants.
Slugs and snails will not cross it.
Voles, mice, squirrels and rodents do not like it, and will stay away.
Plants To Apply:
You can use Epsom Salt on all of your plants.
Gardeners find it is most useful on Roses, Tomatoes and Peppers.
Try a little Epsom Salt on your indoor houseplants.
How to Apply Epsom Salt:
For roses, spread 4 ounces of Epsom Salt around each rose bush in the spring.
Mix it into the surrounding soil. For summer applications Mix 1 Tablespoon
in a gallon of water.
For Tomatoes and peppers, mix 1 Tablespoon in a gallon of water. Apply in
the summer months. It will help to improve production.
Be careful with foliar feeding, Epsom Salt can scorch leaves. Avoid foliar
feeding of roses.
For other plants use 1 Tablespoon in a gallon of water.
Do not apply foliar feeding on hot, sunny days.