How Effective Is Epsom Salt In The Garden [Infographic]

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.

How Effective Is Epsom Salt In The Garden

  • It Can Improve Seed Germination

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.

  • Better Nutrient Absorption

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.

  • Prevents Transplant Shocks

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.

  • It Helps In Greening The Foliage

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.

  • Stops Curling Of Leaves

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.

About the Author Sarah Shannon

HSPhealth is a health and fitness website providing up to date health information and remedies. Our aim to provide the most current health information that is authoritative & trustworthy for all beings.