Why Plants Need Epsom Salt
- Firstly, what is Epsom Salt?
Epsom is a town near London. There, the well-waters contain magnesium sulphate, a naturally occurring mineral. It is known to relieve pain and is a saline laxative. Experienced gardeners know that Epsom salt contributes significantly to organic gardening for healthy plants.
- More Success in Seed Germination:
Put a teaspoon or two of Epsom salt into the seed cavity as a soil amendment. The seeds will have a boost right from the start. Magnesium aids in the successful germination and strengthens the cell walls. You will have stronger seedlings.
- Bye-bye to Processed Commercial Fertilisers:
How come? Plants need to absorb vital nutrients in the form of phosphorus, nitrogen and sulphur. Magnesium helped to achieve this and is added to commercial fertilisers for this reason. The magnesium sulphate in Epsom salt does this naturally. So, bye-bye chemical fertilisers.
- First Aid for Transplant Shocked Seedlings:
Freshly separated seedlings will suffer damage to their feeble root system. Re-potted plants might be shocked and leaves wilt. Counter transplant shock by sprinkling Epsom salt into the new hole and cover it with some soil so that the roots do not have immediate contact with the Epsom salt minerals.
- Combat Yellowing Leaves:
A good indication of a lack of magnesium is yellowing leaves. Magnesium is essential in the production of chlorophyll, that’s the green stuff. Especially citrus trees, tomato plants and peppers love a good dose of Epsom salt. Roses, shrubs and even grass do so too.
- Oh No! Leaves are Curling:
A magnesium deficiency in plants may cause leaf curling. Sprinkle some Epsom salt around the sick plant, or for faster results, dissolve half a teaspoon in one litre of water and apply.
- Prevent the dreaded ‘Blossom End Rot’ in Tomatoes and Peppers:
Tomato vines and peppers are some of the few plants whose fruit to plant size is far more substantial than average. The likelihood of developing a magnesium and calcium deficiency is much higher. The consequence is known as ‘blossom end rot’, but take note, this can also happen due to irregular watering. Combat this decease by dissolving some Epsom salt in water and apply every two weeks. Use one teaspoon of Epsom salt for every thirty centimetres of plant height.
- Grow Sweeter Fruit:
Producing fruit is the goal for most plants and a battle it is for them. You can assist by applying Epsom salt as it boosts chlorophyll levels inside the plant cells. The results are higher sugar levels due to increased energy, giving you sweeter and healthier fruit.
- Enemy of Garden Pests:
Epsom salt is not salt like sodium chloride, or better known as table salt. Epsom salt will not dehydrate slugs and snails, but it is still a good garden pest deterrent, at least until it dissolves in water. Here is a mouthful: Epsom salts hydrated magnesium sulphate crystals are sharp and irritate critters. Diatomaceous earth does the same, only longer-lasting.
- Roses – Become a Master Rosarian:
Epsom salt is the secret ingredient for full rose bushes with plenty blossoms. Epsom salt aids in the growth of new canes and boosts the production of chlorophyll for darker leaves. Add Epsom salt frequently; it is almost impossible to overdo it.
- How much Epsom Salt is too much?
Magnesium sulphate is pH neutral, and it will not harm your soil. The crystals break down into water, magnesium and sulphur; all those components are useful to most plants. It is almost impossible to use too much Epsom salt in your garden.