Epsom salt is known to be a good supplement in organic gardening aside from being a saline laxative and pain reliever. Here are 10 uses for Epsom salt in your garden that you might not know.
1. Upgrade your Seed Germination
Magnesium assists in the process of seed germination and helps to strengthen the plant cell walls, leading the plant to receive essential nutrients to make the seedlings stronger. Before dropping the seeds, mix 1-2 tablespoons of Epsom salt into the soil.
2. Increase Nutrient Absorption
Commercial fertilizers add magnesium to help plants create a vitamin full of minerals, nourishment and health benefits. Sulfate joins with the soil to make key nutrients more effective for plants, eliminating the use of processed chemical fertilizers.
3. Counter Transplant Shock
You might have notice some of your plants and seedling wilt after transplanting them. The reason here is that, plant roots can have shock and injuries after transplanting them. For you to help the roots of your plants to overcome shock and injuries, feed your plants with Epsom salt after you transplant them. Make some holes around your plant and sprinkle Epsom salt on the holes. Make sure to cover the holes with soil after sprinkling Epsom salt, so that the roots will not come in direct contact with some concentrated chemicals.
4. Makes foliage healthier
If you have plants with yellowing leaves, it only means that these plants are not getting enough magnesium. If you want your plants to have healthier foliage, sprinkle Epsom salt around your plants.
5. Prevent Leaf Curling
If you have plants that are suffering from leaf curling, add some Epsom salt around the soil of your plant or you can mix water and 2 tbsp. of Epsom salt, apply it directly into the leaves of your plant.
6. Defend against Garden Pests
You can repel snails, slugs, and other garden pests with the use of Epsom salt. All you have to do is sprinkle Epsom salt around your plants. The hydrated magnesium sulfate crystal will repel garden pests by irritating their feet and scratching their bodies once they walk of pass around your plants.
7. Help plants produce sweeter fruits
Sprinkle about 1 tbsp. of Epsom salt per 12 inches of height of your plants, do this process once a month. This will help your plants become healthier and they will produce healthier fruits.
8. Tastier Tomatoes
Foliar feeding method is more effective for tomatoes to absorb more magnesium. Dissolve two table spoons of Epson salt in a gallon of water every 2 weeks, and then use it to water your tomato vines.
9. More Plentiful Peppers
If you want your peppers to produce higher yields and larger fruits, feed them with Epsom salt every two weeks. If you want your hot peppers to produce hotter fruits, sprinkle them with 1 tbsp. of Epsom salt for each foot of height around the line of your plants, do this once every week.
10. Beautiful, Bountiful Roses
Magnesium also assists in the growth of new canes from the base of the plant. It also helps roses to increase chlorophyll production which cause the leaves to look darker in color. Epsom salt also helps your roses to produce a larger blossom of flowers. Epsom salt can be taken up quickly by plants especially when applied as a foliar spray.