How to Use Epsom Salt in the Garden

Epsom Salt for Houseplants

Perhaps the most natural and easiest place to start with Epsom Salt is with the potted plants that are dispersed around your house and porch. Epsom salt is
such a simple way to increase their blooming and health, and is something that
you can include easily as a part of a normal routine. For potted plants, simply
dissolve 2 tablespoons per gallon of water, and substitute this solution for
normal watering at least once a month – although it is safe to do this as often
as desired.

Adding this Epsom salt solution to houseplants that have been potted for a long time is especially useful.  Epsom Salt can help to clear up
this accumulation of natural salts in the pot, and lead to a revival in
the plant's health and vibrancy. It is also useful for a plant that has just
been potted, as it will more easily receive the proper nutrients and have a
healthy start in life. As general guidance, most plants need plenty of sun to
receive the benefits of Ultra Epsom Salt (and photosynthesize), so be sure to
keep typical houseplants in a sunny area of the home unless instructed

Using Ultra Epsom Salt with potted vegetable plants is a really
wonderful idea as well, because it can increase the amount of fruit or vegetables you
receive from the one plant. This is particularly beneficial to apartment
dwellers and those with little or no personal yard space, as Ultra Epsom Salt can
help you receive a large bounty within a confined space. A wonderful way to
easily and effectively grow food!

First Planting with Epsom Salt

For setting up your garden and the initial planting stage, Ultra
Epsom Salt is especially useful for getting a nourishing start. Prep
your garden soil by sprinkling up to 1 cup of Ultra Epsom Salt per 100 square feet,
and then work it into the soil before seeding or planting. This helps the seeds
to germinate better, and start with a strong and healthy growth. It is also
very beneficial for more mature plants that you are going to add to your
garden, since the transition can be difficult for their growth and health.

Vegetable Gardens & Epsom Salt

For maintaining and creating a vegetable garden, Epsom salt can
help you refresh and revitalize the garden you have already created—or
create a healthy beginning to a new space. Epsom Salt is advised for use with all
fruits, vegetables, and herbs (It is not advisable to use Epsom salt with the
planting of sage—it is not beneficial for this particular plant)
. You
can use
  a your tank sprayer (commonly available
at gardening and home improvement stores) with 1 tablespoon of Ultra Epsom
Salt per gallon of water. Then spray your garden after the initial planting,
later when it begins to grow (or after a month or so for transplants), and lastly
when the vegetables begin to mature. It is believed that this practice will give
you healthier vegetables, and a lush vegetable garden.

The advice above is wonderful for any vegetable or herb, but we
do have additional advice for some varieties and situations:

 Tomatoes & Epsom Salt

Tomatoes are prone to magnesium deficiency later in the growing
season, and display this through yellow leaves and less production. They
can greatly benefit from  Epsom Salt treatments both at the beginning of
their planting and throughout their seasonal life. When gardening, simply add
one or two tablespoons per hole before planting the seeds or transplants. Then
as the tomato matures, either work in one tablespoon of Ultra Epsom Salt per
foot of plant height around the base of the tomato plant (individually), or
create the tank sprayer solution mentioned above and use that every two weeks.

Peppers & Epsom Salt

Like tomatoes, peppers are also prone to magnesium deficiency
and thrive much more fully with the use of Epsom salt. This can be done
in the same way as tomatoes—through adding one or two tablespoons per hole
before planting (for seeds and grown plants), and then twice a week based on
the height of the plant (see above). A study conducted by the National Gardening
Association discovered that four out of six home gardeners noticed that
their Epsom salt-treated peppers were larger than those that were un-treated.
Many gardeners credit their healthy, vibrant peppers and tomatoes to Epsom
salt. This solution truly aides in the production level, aesthetic beauty and
quality of the harvest produced.

Flower Gardens & Epsom Salt

Like vegetable gardens, flower gardens also blossom more
vibrantly and beautifully with the use of
Epsom Salt in the soil and as a
liquid solution. Epsom salt helps your garden to become the calming,
serene environment you have been envisioning, and will increase the beauty of
your home and landscape as well. To use, follow the guidelines outlined in the First Planting section for both brand new seedlings and more mature plants. Next, using a tank sprayer, fill with a liquid solution containing one tablespoon of Epsom Salt per gallon of water. This solution can be used as much as desired during the gardening season; but definitely after the initial planting, then later when you see growth (or after a month or so for transplants), and finally when they have received full bloom. If you
don’t have a tank sprayer, you can always create this solution in a watering can
using the ratio of 1 tablespoon  Epsom Salt to 1 gallon of water.

Roses and flower bushes have some additional tips concerning the
use of Epsom salt:

Roses & Epsom Salt

Roses in particular can greatly benefit from Epsom salt, and it
is said to make foliage greener, healthier and lead to more canes and
Start by soaking unplanted rose bushes in one half cup of Ultra Epsom
Salt per gallon of water before planting, to help the roots get stronger and
firmer. Then, when planting, add one tablespoon of Ultra Epsom Salt per hole
before inserting the rose bush. After the roses are planted (and to boost
already planted roses), make the liquid Ultra Epsom Salt solution listed above
for either a tank sprayer or watering can, or simply work in one tablespoon
of Ultra Epsom Salt per foot of plant (individually). Once during the beginning
of the season, it is also advised to work one half cup of Ultra Epsom Salt into
the base of the plant to encourage blooming canes and healthy basal cane

Shrubs & Epsom Salt

For flowering and green shrubs, particularly evergreens, azaleas
and rhododendrons, Epsom salt can improve the blooming of the flowers
and the vibrancy of the greenery. Simply work in one tablespoon of Ultra Epsom
Salt per nine square feet of bush into the soil, over the root zone, which allows
the shrubs to absorb the nutritional benefits. Repeat this every two to four
weeks for optimal results.

Lawn Care & Epsom Salt

Just as  Epsom Salt can revitalize your garden, so does it improve the greenery and sustainability of your lawn.
Epsom salt is particularly useful for preventing a yellowing lawn and creating
lusher, softer, deeply green grass. It can be applied using a tank sprayer
(which can also be used on your flower and vegetable gardens), a lawn spreader, and by using a hose and spray attachment. Use three pounds per 1250 square feet
(25’ x 50’), six pounds per 2500 square feet (50’ x 50’), and twelve pounds per
5000 square feet (50’ x 100’). If using a tank sprayer or a hose and spray
attachment, make sure to dilute the salt in plenty of water (enough to
make it dissolve), so that it is a concentrated solution.

Trees & Epsom Salt

Trees, the largest and longest standing part of your garden, can
also benefit from Epsom salt by allowing more minerals to be absorbed
through the roots, giving you strong healthy trees to enjoy for years to come.
If your trees bloom or produce fruit,
Epsom Salt can be particularly
useful due to its ability to increase the production of both flowers and
bounty. Simply work in two tablespoons per nine square feet into the soil over
the root zone three or four times a year. Planning to complete this at the
beginning of each season is particularly helpful for preparing the tree for the
change in weather, and allowing them to become stronger and healthier.

Epsom salts is like a vitamin pill to help produce healthy
plants and garden vegetables. Sprinkle a little Epsom salts around the
base of your trees and water in well.   Epsom salts cannot hurt our plants as
it does not cause a build-up.

Using Epsom salts

Use Epsom salts in your garden:

  • It will make your plants grow more bushy
  • Plants should produce more flowers
  • Helps your new seeds to germinate
  • Improves the nitrogen in your garden
  • Increases abundance of fruit
  • Deters insects and bugs from your garden (not proven)

Recommended doses for your particular plants-

Roses - One tablespoon per foot of plant height per plant every two weeks. Sprinkle around the base and water well.

House Plants - Mix one teaspoon in approx 3 liters of water and feed to the plants once a week.

Tomatoes and Peppers - Sprinkle one tablespoon per foot of height for each plant every couple of weeks.

We see so many yellowing plants in our gardens and often wonder what we are doing wrong. If the leaves go brown this is not always due to lack of magnesium deficency it could be from over or under watering your plants. So you will need to

be aware of this. Magnesium can be absorbed through the root systems of
your plants.

For Pets itchy skin - Epsom salt: mix 1 teaspoon in 2 cups of warm water
for drawing out infection and bathing itchy paws and skin. Just make
sure that your pet doesn’t drink this water.

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