I use it when I need it, if I think a plant has a calcium deficiency. I can't swear it works, but I feel pretty confident it does. I also occasionally put it in my compost tea.Epsom salt is one of the most used substances when it comes to organic gardening. It is becoming increasingly popular amongst many gardening enthusiasts because of the beneficial properties that it contains. This substance has been proven as one of the cheaper alternatives to use in organic gardening and is beneficial for many different reasons for both indoor plants and outdoor plants. Here are some of the benefits of organic gardening with Epsom salt that can be achieved.
The benefits of organic gardening with Epsom salts allows for more greener and healthier plants and soils. Because of the ingredients of magnesium and sulfate within this Epsom salt, the plant is able to absorb its nutrients better from the soil that it is planted in. Epsom salt works like a fertilizer, it enhances the garden areas where applied and can also make the plants live longer and healthier.
The benefits of organic gardening with Epsom salts can also help to assist with seed germination. It can help to make the plant cell walls stronger which is beneficial for the plant to receive essential nutrients when feeding. Proper photosynthesis can be achieved as well because of the magnesium within the salt, and it is also said that the use of this mineral brings on more flowers per plant that was planted with this salt.
The benefits of organic gardening with Epsom salts also include better life expectancy of plants with improved health with the use of the sulfate that is mixed with the magnesium. This sulfate also helps in the plant producing more chlorophyll, and works with the magnesium as a full nourishment boost for better and greener plant life.
This salt can be mixed with a ratio of 2 tablespoons to one gallon of water and can be added to a potted plant's soil allowing it to seep in slowly. This mixture can be substituted for the normal watering routine that is done on the plants either weekly or monthly. Over time you should see an increase in the color of the plant and should also see better blooming rates and all round health.
My dad always puts Epsom salts in the ground with the compost when he plants his tomatos. (just about a tablespoon full or so.)stella1751 wrote:On another thread, I've been researching an answer to why Epsom Salts works as a cure for BER, but I haven't heard back from my source yet. However, I found several great threads online that tout Epsom Salts' abilities to 1) strengthen plant cell walls, 2) improve the plant's ability to take in nutrients, 3) improve seed germination, photosynthesis, and the formation of fruits and seeds.
I saw this one when I was researching Epsom Salts, TZ, but it was the only naysayer out of dozens of advocates. Even Colorado State University, the big Ag college in my area, recommended them, albeit in relation to PH levels.TZ -OH6 wrote:I understand that many people do not put much stock in the work of academics/scientists when confronted with statements lit this.
"There is little research to prove conclusively that Epsom salts have any effect on plants,..." followed by this "However, experienced gardeners have been swearing by Epsom salts for years, and folk wisdom is often ahead of scientific study."
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Finally, in a magazine called Ground Maintenance, author Mark Weterlen writes, "[Y]ou can use Epsom salt as a soil amendment to correct poor infiltration rates in certain situations." He also writes that the Epsom Salt Industry Council says it can be used to get "rid of racoons"Pre-plant root substrate amendments have a great impact on the
soluble salt level of plug seedling substrates. Nine common preplant
amendments alone and a typical commercial combination of
some of these showed that the greatest contributors to seedling
substrate (2 sphagnum peat moss: 1 perlite: 1 vermiculite by
volume) electrical conductivity (EC) level were gypsum, calcium
nitrate, and potassium nitrate. Moderate contributions were
realized from triple superphosphate, Epsom salt, and two
commercial micronutrient mixes. The salt contributions from
dolomitic limestone and wetting agent were small and of little
Scientist seem to pay very little attention to what other say and do they only go by what they learn from research. In 1977 it was published in a scientific report that scientest had learned, there is only 1 Star in the North Sky, the North Star. The Bible says that, it was witten 2000 years ago. A lot of studies have come out over the years about how wine is good for your health. The most recent medical information about wine is, alcohol has the ability to clean your blood. The liver can matabolize 1/4 to 1/3 ounce of alcohol per hour. The alcohol has the ability to flush all the bad stuff from the blood as the alcohol is removed by the liver. The Bible says, Take a little wine for the stomach.TZ -OH6 wrote:"There is little research to prove conclusively that Epsom salts have any effect on plants,..." followed by this "However, experienced gardeners have been swearing by Epsom salts for years, and folk wisdom is often ahead of scientific study."
Actually I think he's asserting only that there's no proof of its efficacy.stella1751 wrote:You maintain that because no scientific study exists linking Epsom Salts to the prevention of BER, Epsom Salts must not work in the prevention of BER.