USES & BENEFITS OF EPSOM SALT FOR PLANTS TO IMPROVE PLANT HEALTH

Epsom salt is nothing short of a mystery in the garden world. All gardeners hear about it and how i can make thier plans healthy and blooming, but few know about it firsthand. Maybe because it sounds like a complicated chemical or maybe i doesn’t look like something that can actually do wonders! Let’s go ahead and demystify the uses and benefits of epsom salt for plants.




WHAT IS EPSOM SALT?

As fancy as the name sounds, Epsom Salt is just Magnesium Sulphate MgSo4 crystals. Mg & S are trace elements extremely vital to the growth of a plant. To clarify, EPSOM SALT IS NOT SENDHA NAMAK, as most people seem to think.

WHAT IS EPSOM SALT
WHAT IS EPSOM SALT



Magnesium aids chlorophyll formation by aiding the plant in photosynthesis and allows a plant to take up nutrients in a better manner. It also boosts a plant’s ability to flower, which, usually is the ultimate goal. The deficiency of Magnesium shows up as yellowing laves with dark veins and spindly looking weak plants. 
Sulphur (or Sulfar)  is essential for the formation of certain vitamins, proteins and oils that contribute to the health of a plant. Although needed in trace amounts, deficiency of Sulphur can’t be ignored. It also helps increase immunity to diseases.

USES & BENEFITS OF EPSOM SALT FOR PLANTS

HOW TO USE EPSOM SALT IN VARIOUS WAYS FOR THE GARDEN

The most common method that shows quickest results is

EPSOM SALT SPRAY FOR TOMATOES & OTHER PLANTS

EPSOM SALT FOR TOMATOES
EPSOM SALT FOR TOMATOES

Mix 1 tsp. Epsom Salt into 1 ltr. of water and spray over foliage every 15 days. Unless the plants have a deficiency(verified by a soil test), there is no need to increase this frequency.

PSOM SALT FOR PLANTS SPRAY
PSOM SALT FOR PLANTS SPRAY

The second method is

ADDING EPSOM SALT DIRECTLY TO ROSES & OTHER PLANTS’ SOIL

Sprinkle a tsp. of crystals around the base of a plant fortnightly. Adding epsom salt to soil is highly beneficial for roses, azaleas, gardenias, rhododendron, tomatoes and peppers.

 

EPSOM SALT FOR PLANTS
EPSOM SALT FOR PLANTS

BENEFITS OF EPSOM SALT FOR PLANTS INCLUDE:

REDUCE TRANSPLANT SHOCK WITH EPSOM SALT

Sprinkle some Epsom salt into the transplant hole before moving in new seedlings or plants to help them settle better.

EPSOM SALT FOR PLANTS
EPSOM SALT FOR PLANTS




  • GREENER GRASS WITH EPSOM SALT

Sprinkle Epsom salt over established lawn or over the soil while sowing grass seeds to get a lush green lawn.

  • PREVENT/CURE LEAF CURL WITH EPSOM SALT

A dose of Epsom salt is extremely helpful in preventing and curing leaf curl in plants like peppers.

EPSOM SALT FOR LEAF CURL
EPSOM SALT FOR LEAF CURL
  • GROWTH OF FERNS & PALMS 

Epsom salt boosts the growth of these and also prevents stagnant distorted growth on the top of palms.

  • RE-POTTING 

Soak the roots of a plant in Epsom salt solution for half and hour before re-potting to help minimize loss.

Apart from the incredible uses of epsom salt for plants, Epsom Salt also comes handy in the beauty and wellness department.

TIRED FEET AND MUSCLES: Soak tired feet in a tub of warm water and Epsom Salt crystals to relieve pains, numbness, relax muscles and detox. It is believed to draw out all toxins from the body, thereby, is also a good addition to bath water.
In-fact, it is extremely easy to DIY your own version of bath salts that are sold in fancy packaging and exorbitant prices in the malls.

EPSOM SALT FOR BEAUTY
EPSOM SALT FOR BEAUTY

Mix a handful of Epsom Salt crystals with a few drops of your preferred essential oil and food color (if you wish to). That’s it! Shake well and use in the bath tub.

 

Now, the most important question..

WHERE to buy EPSOM SALT IN INDIA?

As with everything these days, it is definitely available online. Type BUY EPSOM SALT ONLINE INDIA for results on Amazon and Ebay.

BUY EPSOM SALT IN INDIA

But, i like to buy a box of 400 gms. from our local chemist in Ludhiana for Rs.20. This is the cheapest it can get! If anyone wants, i will share the exact address.

BUY EPSOM SALT IN INDIA
BUY EPSOM SALT IN INDIA

Till then, happy experimenting with MgSo4.
CYA

P.S. Once,before going away on a vacation, i’d sprinkled lightly crushed Epsom Salt crystals in all the pots, thinking they will be watered in the morning by the maid. It was a chilly morning when my husband saw the crystals and informed me on phone that, it is so cold, ice crystals have formed on the soil in the pots.. 😛

 

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3 thoughts on “USES & BENEFITS OF EPSOM SALT FOR PLANTS TO IMPROVE PLANT HEALTH

  • June 22, 2016 at 6:13 AM
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    so cold, ice crystals have formed on the soil

    hilarious

    i am from ludhiana.. please tell the address i would like to buy it.. BTW if you search for epsom salt on google it gives sendha namak in the results. Is it true rock salt and epsom salt are one and the same thing?.

  • June 22, 2016 at 6:36 AM
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    Hello!! Nope they are both completely different. In ludhiana, i buy epsom salt from the chemist shop right next to hero bakery at the chowk( leading to model town and convent school) this shop is really old and established and always stock a few boxes. I hope u figured it out because there is only shop chemist next to hero bakery. Thanks for stopping by the blog! Have u participated in the blog contest? http://budscape.net/submit-your-best-gardening-tip-and-win-blog-contest/

  • July 7, 2016 at 1:32 PM
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    Great… Thanks a lot.. Thats on my way back to home.. Shall check definitely..

    Will post the tip soon..

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