INDOOR GARDENING: Epsom Salt for Your Garden

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INDOOR GARDENING: Epsom Salt for Your Garden

David P. Dillard


Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2009 11:39:23 EDT
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Subject: Epsom Salt for Your Garden

My husband has been using Epsom salt in the water for
the garden.  What a difference it has made.

Everything, including the house plants, are green, blooming
and flourishing.  No more yellow leaves, especially on the

Please go to the websites listed below and read the complete
articles. There is much more information on each site with
both the advantages and dangers of using Epsom salt on

From:  How does epsom salt affect plant growth?

"Epsom salts contain two elements important for plant growth
-magnesium and sulfur. Magnesium helps form chlorophyll in
plants and is essential for photosynthesis. Magnesium is
present naturally in the soil and is also found in organic fertilizers.
Sulfur helps activate many plant proteins and enzymes needed
for growth. It helps plants resist the cold, assists in root
production and seed growth. Sulfur is often delivered to plants
in the form of rainwater."


"Soils that lack magnesium tend to be acidic. Epsom salt is
actually considered a neutral salt, meaning it has very little
effect on a soil's pH. In cases where a soil is acidic, it's better
to add dolomitic lime if you want to increase the pH. IF it turns
out that the soil is deficient in magnesium but the pH is fine,
THEN it's better to add Epsom salt to increase the magnesium
levels because adding it will not alter the pH."


"Epsom salts have been used to relieve magnesium deficiency
found during intensive cropping of many fruit and vegetable species
worldwide. These include commonly grown North American
crops such as alfalfa, apple, beets, carrots, citrus, cauliflower,
cotton, grains, hops, kale, nuts, okra, peppers, plums, potatoes,
snap beans, sugar beets, sweet potatoes, tobacco, tomatoes,
watermelon, and wine grapes, as well as more exotic species
including banana, cacao, coffee, rubber, Swedish turnips, and
tea. Conifer species grown for timber use have also been treated
with Epsom salts under magnesium-deficient conditions."

"Amongst the diverse plant materials that have been studied
under treatment with Epsom salts, there are two commonalities:
all are intensively produced crops and all were suffering from
magnesium deficiency. It is important to keep these two points
in mind as we examine the claims and recommendations regarding
Epsom salt use in the landscape.'

From:   Gardening Articles :: Flowers :: Roses :: National Gardening Association

"When diluted with water, and especially when applied as a foliar
spray, Epsom salts can be taken up quickly by plants. Epsom
salts' magnesium content, high solubility, and ease of application
as a foliar spray are the main reasons for the positive results many
gardeners see in their plants."

From the Linda Bee Indoor Gardening Collection of Resources

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