Is Epsom salt the best kept gardening secret? Test your green thumb with these five gardening tips this spring
As we welcome spring and warmer weather, now’s the perfect time to start planning your garden. If you’ve been...Read Article
Grow bigger, better plants with Epsom salt. Experts recommend gardeners use Epsom salt to prepare soil for planting and to treat and feed specific plants, including peppers, tomatoes, fruit and roses. Epsom salt can also help keep house plants, lawns, trees and shrubs healthy.
Studies show that magnesium and sulfur, two naturally occurring minerals that are major components of Epsom salt, may help plants grow greener with higher yields and more blooms. Magnesium creates an environment conducive to growth by helping seeds germinate, increasing chlorophyll production and improving phosphorus and nitrogen uptake. Sulfur is also a key element in plant growth, helping produce vitamins.
Tests by the National Gardening Association show that Epsom salt helps produce more flowers and makes pepper plants grow larger. In addition, experts say Epsom salt reduces the total amount of fertilizer your plants need—and makes the fertilizer you do use more effective.
Before you plant, test your soil by sending a sample to county extension agents. We recommend doing this every one to three years. Your agent can also help diagnose problems with plants. Here’s how to find your nearest extension office.
Note: Sage and Epsom salt don’t mix! Sage is one of the few plants that doesn’t benefit from an Epsom salt boost, so avoid adding it to the soil where you grow the herb.
Fertilizer can cause salt buildup in soil, which can interfere with plant growth. Epsom salt helps separate fertilizer bound to the soil, making the nutrients more available to your plants. Some growers swear that the use of Epsom salt as a secondary nutrient makes their fruit sweeter.
Here’s how to use Epsom salt to encourage better growth in a variety of specific plants: