There is evidence from studies showing that Epsom Salts used in the garden makes for greener plants with more flowers and increased yields. The magnesium component of Epsom Salts helps seeds germinate, improves chlorophyll production as well as the uptake of phosphorus and nitrogen. The sulfur element is essential for plant growth and vitamin production.
The National Gardening Association in the USA has done tests which prove increased flower production and size of capsicum plants. It would seem that the use of Epsom Salts means less fertiliser is needed as the application of Epsom Salts increases the efficacy of the fertiliser.
Yellow leaves mean magnesium deficiency particularly in citrus and house plants. With the application of an Epsom Salts solution, this can be corrected and your plants will respond with greener leaves and extra blooms and fruit.
Here are some tips for your food garden:
General Garden Bed Preparation
1 cup per 9 square metres. Sprinkle over your soil and mix in. But beware, one of the few edible plants that doesn’t like Epsom salts is sage.
1 Tbsp Epsom Salts to 4 litres of water sprayed on capsicum plants when they flower and again 10 days later
1 Tbsp diluted in water per 30cm of plant height per plant. Apply every two weeks
1/4 Tbsp per metre of tree height applied directly or dissolved in one litre of water. Once applied, water well and ensure any salts are washed off foliage. Anecdotal evidence from many gardeners indicates that their fruit is sweeter when Epsom Salts is applied.
For organic gardeners, Epsom Salts use is highly recommended - not only is it affordable, it is a gentle, green treatment for your well-tended plants.
Next time we’ll look at gardening tips for using Epsom Salts to improve your roses, lawn, trees and shrubs. Happy gardening!