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If your soil lacks magnesium, adding small amounts of Epsom salt crystals could correct the problem. A better way for acidic soils would be to use dolomitic limestone, which also contains calcium along with magnesium. The best way to correct a nutrient problem begins with a good soil test.

While magnesium is an essential nutrient for plants, if it turns out that your soil is not lacking magnesium, adding Epson salt crystals could indeed harm, rather than benifit your plants. Many soils already contain a surfiet of magnesium, and adding more of this mineral could reduce the availability of other nutrients...Calcium and potassium. Excess magnesium will also make heavier clay soils even stikier.

Earlier, prettier, sweeter tomatos??? Recent research has indicated that a surfiet of this mineral to be linked to tomato white core (white stones inside of the tomato) and a yellow halo around the stem scar, called tomato yellow eye.

We all want the best performing plants, but before you apply special soil additives of any kind, first test the soil to see what it needs.


Why use Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) can help your regular plant food work better.  Most all-purpose plant foods do not contain the secondary nutrients magnesium and sulfur which are essential to plant health.  Magnesium Sulfate Crystals provide these vital nutrients to help prevent loss of green color, yellowing leaves.  Arguably the most important compound of magnesium is clorophyll (the name comes from the Greek words for "green leaf"). This green compound captures light from the sun and channels its energy into photosynthesis. Epsom Salt makes the primary nutrients in most plant foods (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) more effective. Magnesium activates many enzymes used in photosynthesis, plant respiration, and protein synthesis. While sulfur is the primary carrier for many elements such as iron, manganese, copper and zinc. And is a constituent of the important plant vitamins; thiamine and biotin.
Signs of magnesium deficiency 
Plants usually have a interveining yellowing of mature leaves. A defficiency is very mobile within the plant and first appears first in the oldest leaves.

A lack of sulfur causes a similiar result. Light green or yellow leaves, including the veins. Reduced growth and weak stems.

Magnesium occurs naturally in soil, though not always in a quantity sufficient for all plants. Some soils start out with sufficient magnesium, but an abundance of rain can cause it to be washed out of the soil. 

Generally speaking, sandy soil is a sign that the soil is deficient in magnesium. Soils developed from peat bogs and alkaline soils also tend to be magnesium-hungry. And it's been reported that soils along the Atlantic coast tend to a magnesium-deficient. 

Sulfur is not naturally abundant in soil, though most types of commercially prepared fertilizers contain a sufficient amount. Organic materials such as compost and manure also contain sulfur. 

A plant that is just a little magnesium-deficient won't grow well.

For many soil types Epsom Salt is safe to use.

So here's....


How to use Epsom Salt for Plants & Gardens



Tomatoes;
Apply one tablespoon per foot of height for each plant every two weeks. 

To prevent blossom end rot, add 2 or 3 tablespoons per plant hole before planting. 

Generally, tomatoes tend to be heavy users of magnesium and have been said to benefit from Epsom Salt. Many users simply add a tablespoon to the hole before they plant. Each month, sprinkle a tablespoon around the base of each plant and scratch into soil. 



Roses;
Sprinkle 1 teaspoon per foot of plant height and spread evenly around the base for better blossoms and deeper greening. 

Add 1/2 cup sprinkled around the base and then scratched in, for strong production of new flowering canes and healthy new basal cane growth.

Evergreens, Azaleas, Rhododendrons;
Apply one tablespoon per nine sq. ft. (3'x3') over the root zone every two to four weeks.;

Lawns;
Apply three lbs. per 1250 sq. ft. (25'x50');
Apply six lbs. per 2500 sq. ft. (50'x50);
Apply twelve lbs. per 5000 sq. ft. (50'x100');
Four pounds for every 2,500 square feet. Use in a spreader or dilute using a hose and spray attachment. 

Mix: 1 cup Epsom Salt; 1 cup Listerine; 1 cup liquid soap; 1 cup ammonia: 2 cans of beer. Use 1 quart of mixture for every 2,500 square feet of lawn. Apply using a hose and spray attachment. 

Trees;
Apply two tablespoons per nine sq. ft. (3'x3') over root zone once every four months.;

Garden Startup;
Sprinkle approximately one cup per 100 sq. ft. (10'x10') and mix into soil prior to planting.

Houseplants;
Mix one teaspoon per gallon of water and feed to the plants every two to four weeks. Epsom Salt has no effect on soil pH and it will not change soil acidity.