Epsom salt is comprised of hydrated magnesium sulfate, a naturally occurring mineral first found in the well waters of Epsom, England. Epsom salt has a variety of home remedy applications – the two most widely known being as a saline laxative and pain reliever. What many people don’t realize is that Epsom salt also has several uses in organic gardening.
Here Are 7 Amazing Reasons to use Epsom salt in your garden.
1. 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.
2. Improve Seed Germination
Using Epsom salt as a soil amendment before seeding will give your garden a powerful boost right from the start. Magnesium aids in seed germination and helps to strengthen cell walls, leading to more and stronger seedlings. For best results, incorporate 1 cup of salt per 100 square feet of tilled soil or mix 1 – 2 tablespoons into the soil at the bottom of each hole before dropping in seeds.
3. Grow Sweeter Fruit
The production of fruiting bodies is the most taxing process in the life cycle of a plant. Apply Epsom salt to fruit and nut trees, bushes, and vines using the same methods and quantities stated above to boost chlorophyll levels inside the plant cells. Increased energy means more sugar, allowing the plant to produce higher yields of sweeter, healthier fruit.
4. 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.
5. Counter Transplant Shock
We’ve all seen how our plants and seedlings wilt when we move them from a small pot to a larger one, from indoors to outside, or from greenhouse to ground. Try feeding transplants with Epsom salt once they’re in their new environment to help injured roots overcome transplant shock. Remember to add a layer of soil on top of salt sprinkled in holes so roots don’t come into direct contact with these concentrated minerals right away.
6. Deter Garden Pests
While Epsom salt won’t dehydrate slugs and snails like table salt (sodium chloride), it can still be used to deter pests. Hydrated magnesium sulfate crystals are sharp and when sprinkled around plants, they can scratch and irritate the bodies and feet of unwanted critters in much the same way as diatomaceous earth. (Keep in mind that Epsom salt dissolves very easily in water, thus any amount of rain will likely wash them away.)
7. 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.