Those who use it swear that using Epsom salt on plants make them lush and healthier. Find out yourself, see these 13 Epsom salt uses in garden.
However, there are many positive impacts of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) but its excessive use must be avoided.
1. To get sweeter fruits
Apply Epsom salt 1 tablespoon per sq ft of fruit trees and shrubs to boost chlorophyll levels inside plant cells, which means improved photosynthesis, stronger growth of the plant, sweeter fruits, and increase productivity. Fruit trees like citrus, apples, peaches, pomegranate, and plums perks up after application of Epsom salt.
2. To help plants absorb more nutrients
If you use Epsom salt as fertilizer, your plants will receive all of the required nutrients adequately. Why? The Epsom salt contains magnesium, a mineral that enhances the absorption of basic nutrients needed by plants in order to grow, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur.
3. To avoid transplanting shock
Help plants to overcome transplant shocks when you plant them into a garden or change their pots, just add a tablespoon of Epsom salt to the soil, then once again add a layer of soil before placing the plant so that roots does not come in direct contact with the salt.
4. To have juiciest tomatoes and healthy tomato plants
Tomatoes suffer from magnesium deficiency, especially when grown in pots. To resolve this, dissolve 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt in 1 gallon of water and apply this solution in every two weeks to your tomato plants.
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5. Yellowing leaves
The leaves of plants and trees turn yellow due to magnesium deficiency as it is an essential component in the production of chlorophyll, to counter this, add a tablespoon of Epsom salt around the base of your plant per 12 inches of its height, once a month until it starts to look green again.
6. Prevent leaf curling
Sometimes due to magnesium deficiency leaves may curl inward or upward. In such case, application of Epsom salt around the base of the plant helps a lot. Alternately, for quick absorption, you can also mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt in a gallon of water and spray directly on the foliage.
7. To increase the production of peppers
Give a boost to your pepper plants by adding 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt every week, especially at the time of flowering and fruiting to increase the production of peppers.
8. For better blooming roses
Adding Epsom salt helps in the production of chlorophyll, which favors the bushier growth of the roses. Also, its addition encourages more blooms. Feed rose bushes with Epsom salt at the time of planting and again at the first sign of new growth. Application of Epsom salt when the plant is flowering is also helpful. You can also soak bare root roses in water that contains dissolved Epsom salt before planting.
9. Get rid of weeds
If you want to get rid of weeds in your garden but don’t want to use herbicides. Use Epsom salt. Instead, mix 1 liter of vinegar with 2 tablespoons dish soap and 4 tablespoons of Epsom salts. Stir everything well and pour this into a spray bottle. Spray this solution on weeds. Make sure you don’t spray this on other garden plants.
10. Lawn Fertilizer
Magnesium contained in Epsom salt is beneficial to the lawn! Sprinkle 5 cups of Epsom salts per 100 m 2 of lawn, apply it with a spreader or spray it by diluting in water to get a lush green lawn.
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11. Removing tree stumps
Drill a few holes in the tree trunk and fill each hole with Epsom salt. Then pour the water into the holes. The trunk should begin to decompose within a few weeks. Find out more on this.
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12. Care for potted plants
Potted plants become magnesium deficient more quickly than plants grown on the ground. Therefore, add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to 1 gallon of water and feed this solution once a month to your container plants. Water until it starts to flow out from the bottom of the pot.
13. Healthy and Beautiful Shrubs and Trees
Epsom salt can keep shrubs and trees healthy and in bloom. Work one tablespoon Epsom salt for shrubs and two tablespoons for trees in nine square feet area around the root zone.