Epsom salt is made of hydrated magnesium sulfate. It is so named because it was first found in the well waters of a place called Epsom, England. It is now used for a variety of home applications. While it is a pain reliever and laxative, it also can be used in organic gardening. Here are a few ways in which it can help plants and vegetation to grow in your garden and backyard.
Using Epsom salt prior to seeding as a soil amendment tool will make your garden fertile from the very beginning. Magnesium helps in seed germination. It also helps in strengthening cell walls. You need to add 1 cup of Epsom salt for 100 square feet of tilled oil. Alternately you can add 1-2 tablespoons of the salt in the soil in the hole before the seeds are dropped.
Adding magnesium in the soil could also help plants to absorb nutrients better. This is a natural process and it could even eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers. It is known to be very effective when it comes to better absorption of sulfur, phosphorus and nitrogen by the plants.
Seedlings and baby plants often wilt, wither and die when we move from indoors to outdoors or from a small pot to a bigger area. Adding a bit of Epsom salt immediately after the process is over could help in more ways than one. It is known to be very effective in overcoming the initial shock and settle in the new environment.
Plants which are short on magnesium are often identified by their yellowing leaves. Magnesium helps in chlorophyll production. You could try sprinkling Epsom salt on the plants and around it and you can be sure that they plants will turn green and healthy again. You need to add 1 tablespoon per 12 inches of growth and it should be done once a month. It works across all types of plants, flowers and shrubs.
Epsom salt can also prevent leaves from curling. This again may be caused by deficiency of magnesium. Epsom salt should be added to the soil and it should cover the base of the sick plant. You also could mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt in a gallon of water and apply the same to the leaves directly.
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