As fancy as the name sounds, Epsom Salt is just Magnesium Sulphate MgSo4 crystals. Mg & S are trace elements extremely vital to the growth of a plant.
Magnesium aids chlorophyll formation by aiding the plant in photosynthesis and allows a plant to take up nutrients in a better manner. It also boosts a plant’s ability to flower, which, usually is the ultimate goal. The deficiency of Magnesium shows up as yellowing laves with dark veins and spindly looking weak plants.
Sulphur (or Sulfar) is essential for the formation of certain vitamins, proteins and oils that contribute to the health of a plant. Although needed in trace amounts, deficiency of Sulphur can’t be ignored. It also helps increase immunity to diseases.
Epsom salt has numerous uses and benefits for the garden.The most common method that shows quick results is
FOLIAR APPLICATION: Mix 1 tsp. Epsom Salt into 1 ltr. of water and spray over foliage every 15 days. Unless the plants have a deficiency(verified by a soil test), there is no need to increase this frequency.
The second method is
SOIL APPLICATION: Sprinkle a tsp. of crystals around the base of a plant fortnightly. This method is particularly beneficial for roses, azaleas, gardenias, rhododendron, tomatoes and peppers.
Other benefits include:
REDUCE TRANSPLANT SHOCK: Sprinkle some Epsom salt into the transplant hole before moving in new seedlings or plants to help them settle better.
GREENER GRASS: Sprinkle Epsom salt over established lawn or over the soil while sowing grass seeds to get a lush green lawn.
PREVENT/CURE LEAF CURL: A dose of Epsom salt is extremely helpful in preventing and curing leaf curl in plants like peppers.
FERNS & PALMS: Epsom salt boosts the growth of these and also prevents stagnant distorted growth on the top of palms.
RE-POTTING: Soak the roots of a plant in Epsom salt solution for half and hour before re-potting to help minimize loss.
Apart from it’s incredible uses in the garden, Epsom Salt also comes handy in the beauty and wellness department.
TIRED FEET AND MUSCLES: Soak tired feet in a tub of warm water and Epsom Salt crystals to relieve pains, numbness, relax muscles and detox. It is believed to draw out all toxins from the body, thereby, is also a good addition to bath water.
In-fact, it is extremely easy to DIY your own version of bath salts that are sold in fancy packaging and exorbitant prices in the malls.
Mix a handful of Epsom Salt crystals with a few drops of your preferred essential oil and food color (if you wish to). That’s it! Shake well and use in the bath tub.
But, i like to buy a box of 400 gms. from our local chemist in Ludhiana for Rs.20. This is the cheapest it can get! If anyone wants, i will share the exact address.
Till then, happy experimenting with MgSo4.
P.S. Once,before going away on a vacation, i’d sprinkled lightly crushed Epsom Salt crystals in all the pots, thinking they will be watered in the morning by the maid. It was a chilly morning when my husband saw the crystals and informed me on phone that, it is so cold, ice crystals have formed on the soil in the pots.. 😛
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