HAVE you ever wondered what benefits Epsom salt can bring to plants, fruit trees and vegetables in your garden?
Epsom salt is actually not salt. It is a naturally-occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It has been long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, and for beauty, household and gardening-related uses.
You can use Epsom salt to fertilise your houseplants to promote growth as well as improve flower blooming.
Having a plant with curled leaves is not a good sign. It basically means it doesn’t have enough magnesium. You can turn the leaves healthy by sprinkling Epsom salt once a week at the base of the plant.
You can also spread Epsom salt in pots planted with herbs and around your fruit trees for sweeter fruits. The Epsom salt will make sure that your herbs and fruit trees will have sufficient magnesium.
As plants need nutrients, such as magnesium and sulfur, to stay healthy, Epsom salt makes the primary nutrients in most plant foods (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) more effective.
It also helps in the creation of chlorophyll, which is vital for photosynthesis.
Sprinkle Epsom salt around your plants once a week is ideal. But even if you do it once or twice a month, it is already good.
If you want to make your plants greener, spread a little bit of the salt around the base.
When watering with Epsom salt, you have to keep in mind the soil condition. Have the soil tested to determine whether it is deficient of magnesium.
Keep in mind that there are certain plants like beans and leafy vegetables which grow better in soils with low levels of magnesium.
Sprinkling water with high content of magnesium may harm them.
You can also use Epsom salt to keep your lawn green. Magnesium sulfate crystals, when added to the soil, provide vital nutrients that help prevent the loss of green colour in grass.
If you are having problems with insects or slugs, mix Epsom salt with water and spray on the grass and plants to get rid of the pests. The salt is irritating to critters and keep them away.
The next time you are in your garden, try Epsom salt and watch the miracles unfold.