Epsom Salts and Beautiful Plants

Roberts RanchGardening, Healthy Lifestyles

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I remember as a young child that epsom salts were always on hand.  Mostly we drew a hot tub of water and soaked in it after a hard day’s work. Or we soaked in it when we were sick and achy with flu, chicken pox, or measles.  It was wonderfully soothing.  I highly recommend trying a warm tub of  epsom salts if you haven’t before.  There are some wonderfully scented epsom salts on the market these days with eucalyptus and spearmint essential oils in them.  You can find epsom salt in most grocery stores.   It is still one of the most relaxing things I do for myself on a regular basis.

Did you know that in addition to human health and wellness, Epsom salts can really do wonders for your garden plants and your potted plants?  Epsom salt is simply magnesium sulfate.  It derives its name from the small town of Epsom in England where it was originally distilled from water in the late 1500’s.  Epsom salt works to correct magnesium or sulfur deficiencies in the soil.  It is considered an “organic fertilizer.”

Magnesium is an essential element in the chlorophyll molecule that allows plants to convert light to energy.  Yes, it promotes photosynthesis in plants which is basic to all plant life.  Without it plants don’t turn green. Magnesium also helps in the absorption of nitrogen and phosphorus and also helps seeds germinate.

Sulfur helps the plants to synthesize proteins and also helps the plant absorb essential nutrients.  Magnesium sulfate is extremely soluble which allows the plants to absorb it right through their leaves as well as their roots.

Its also ph neutral so it will not alter the ph of the soil.  It increases growth, intensives color, and helps in the overall well being of plants.


It is always best to apply to the soil before you plant. Add 1 cup of Epsom Salt to every 100 square feet of soil. Mix in, then plant. You can also make a liquid mixture and spray it on the plants. Use 1 T. Epsom Salt to 1 gallon of water. Apply monthly.

Tomatoes and peppers tend to suffer from magnesium deficiency. Apply 1 T. to the hole before planting seedlings. Feed during the growing season as well. Epsom salt is not going to cause chemical build up, will not harm your plants, but can do wonders for you them.

I have a good friend who has amazing flower pots and ferns. Her secret, she says, is soaking the ferns in a tub of epsom salt and water until the bubbling stops, then hangs them up to dry.