Little Known Ways to Use Epsom Salt

Little Known Ways to  Use Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt is less commonly known as Magnesium Sulphate.  For interest’s sake, Epsom Salt was first found in Epsom, England, hence the name Epsom Salt.  While this “salt” has been around for many years, there still remains little know ways to use Epsom Salt.

Most people are familiar with Epsom Salt use as a home remedy. When ingested, Epsom Salt has a laxative effect. Epsom Salt is also used externally as a relaxant to relieve stress, as well as aches and pains. The body is known to absorb Magnesium into the blood when soaking in a bath of Epsom Salt.

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Deficiencies in Magnesium levels are frequently found to be a contributing factor in humans suffering depression and when levels are restored so is the happiness of the patient.

In a similar way, plants have their own aches and pains caused through imbalances in nutrition and the extremes placed on their delicate structures.

Extremes may be through weather conditions as well as when plants begin to produce fruits, flowers and seed.

Magnesium Sulphate is quickly released and hence is handy in both the garden and horticulture.

As an added bonus Epsom Salt is relatively inexpensive and can potentially save you dollars by avoiding the unnecessary purchase of more expensive branded garden products.

Possible benefits through using Epsom Salt in the garden are in:

  • Increasing rates of seed germination
  • Relieving plants of transplant shock
  • Healthy green leaves on plants
  • Higher Brix levels through increased sugar levels in fruits and vegetables
  • Increased ability of plants to absorb nutrients
  • Deterring plant pests
  • Preventing leaf curl
  • Increasing fruit production
  • Tastier fruits and vegetables
  • Beautiful rose blooms

1. Increasing Rates of Seed Germination

Magnesium is vital for seed germination, however it must be in the correct ration with Calcium.

2. Relieving Plants of Transplant Shock

In the same way we soak in a solution of Epsom Salt to relieve stress, plants appear to benefit in the same way. The shock of being suddenly taken from one home and placed in another, is relieved with adequate levels of Magnesium in the soil.

3. Healthy Green Leaves on Plants

Yellowing leaves can be a symptom of Magnesium deficiency. Be aware other mineral deficiencies also display symptoms of yellowing leaves.

4. Higher Brix Levels

Magnesium is the basis for chlorophyll production.  A tired plant lack the energy to produce sugars.  The higher the Brix, the higher the sugars and the better tasting the plant in every form.

5. Increased Ability of Plants to Absorb Nutrients

The control mineral Magnesium acts as a regulator in the uptake of different minerals into plants.

6. Deterring Plant Pests

As plant health increases through mineral balance, the plant has an improved immune system and is able to resist attacks from invading pests both above and below ground.

7. Preventing Leaf Curl

Similar to symptoms of yellowing leaves, leaf curl may be an indicative of Magnesium deficiency.  However other mineral deficiencies may be to blame.

8. Increasing Fruit Production

Once again, sufficient levels of Magnesium give plants the energy to produce fruit.  Plants such as tomatoes and capsicums are well known to require and in turn consume higher quantities of Magnesium.

9. Tastier Fruits and Vegetables

High quality fruit and vegetables, besides looking good, always have a great taste.  This is due to high sugar levels.  Magnesium supplies the energy for the plant to produce the high levels of sugars required for the great taste.

10. Beautiful Roses

Once again, Magnesium helps provide bigger and brighter blooms, as well as more blooms (and as mentioned above, healthy green leaves).

Happy gardening!

Always take some care when considering adding different elements to your soil.  Indiscriminate use of individual minerals may various ratios to become imbalanced and cause unwanted issues.

Note: If you know you have high levels of Magnesium in the soil, the likelihood is your plants are Magnesium deficient through “lock-up” of Magnesium in the soil.

If this is the case, Magnesium is best applied as a foliar spray to the leaves.  Aiming the spray at the underside of the leaves also helps your plants absorb more, faster.

Earlier in the morning, or later in the afternoon are the best times to apply any products.

“too much of a good thing is as bad as not enough”

Ideally a soil test or leaf test will give a good indicator of any mineral imbalance.

On an interesting side note:

In areas where ideal levels of Magnesium are maintained in the soil and water, both tooth decay and osteoporosis appear to be less commonly found.

 

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