Gaia Green Organic Epsom Salts (hydrated magnesium sulphate) are a natural mineral. Epsom Salts are primarily used as a source of magnesium, and this product supplies some sulfur. Epsom Salts are generally used in soil applications; however, it is also an effective foliar feed.
Benefits of epsom salts:
1. Improve Seed Germination
Using Epsom salts as a soil amendment before seeding will give your garden a powerful boost right from the start. Magnesium aids in seed germination and helps to strengthen cell walls, leading to more and stronger seedlings.
2. Increase Nutrient Absorption
Many commercial fertilizers add magnesium to help plant roots take up vital nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur.) For those using all organic materials to feed their gardens, adding Epsom salts to soil will improve absorption naturally, eliminating the need for processed chemical fertilizers.
3. Counter Transplant Shock
We’ve all seen how our plants and seedlings wilt when we move them from a small pot to a larger one, from indoors to outside, or from greenhouse to ground. Try feeding transplants with Epsom salts once they’re in their new environment to help injured roots overcome transplant shock. Remember to add a layer of soil on top of salt sprinkled in holes so roots don’t come into direct contact with these concentrated minerals right away.
4. Green Up Foliage
Plants that aren’t getting enough magnesium can be identified by their yellowing leaves. This is because magnesium is an essential component in the production of chlorophyll. Try sprinkling Epsom salts around your plants to achieve healthier foliage. About 1 tablespoon per 12 inches of height once a month will benefit the plants in your vegetable garden, as well as any trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses you want to green up.
5. Prevent Leaf Curling
Leaf curling may also be caused by magnesium-deficiency in plants. Again, add Epsom salts to the soil around the base of the sick plant. Alternately, for faster absorption you can mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt in a gallon of water and apply directly to the leaves.
6. Deter Garden Pests
While Epsom salts won’t dehydrate slugs and snails like table salt (sodium chloride), it can still be used to deter pests. Hydrated magnesium sulfate crystals are sharp and when sprinkled around plants, they can scratch and irritate the bodies and feet of unwanted critters in much the same way as diatomaceous earth. (Keep in mind that Epsom salts dissolves very easily in water, thus any amount of rain will likely wash them away.)
7. Grow Sweeter Fruit
The production of fruiting bodies is the most taxing process in the life cycle of a plant. Apply Epsom salts to fruit and nut trees, bushes, and vines using the same methods and quantities stated above to boost chlorophyll levels inside the plant cells. Increased energy means more sugar, allowing the plant to produce higher yields of sweeter, healthier fruit.
8. Tastier Tomatoes
Tomato vines are one of a handful of common garden residents whose fruit to plant size ratio is heavier than average, leading to an even higher likelihood of magnesium-deficiency. For this reason, tomatoes should be fed Epsom salts twice as often as other plants. Also, because tomato vines are prone to calcium-deficiency (blossom end rot), the majority of tomato fertilizers contain calcium which will compete with magnesium for root absorption. Therefore, foliar feeding is the more efficient method for delivering magnesium to these plants. Water tomato vines with dissolved Epsom salts – 2 tablespoons per gallon of water, every 2 weeks.
9. More Plentiful Peppers
Peppers are another popular garden plant with a higher-than average fruit to plant size ratio. As such, they should also be fed magnesium every two weeks to achieve higher yields of larger fruits. For hot peppers, over-watering can lead to fruit with less heat, thus the soil amendment method may be preferable in this case. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt for every foot of height around the drip line of your pepper plants once per week.
10. Beautiful, Bountiful Roses
Ever wonder why your neighbors’ rose bushes are fuller than yours and sport so many more blossoms? It is highly likely that the answer is Epsom salts. Not only does it help roses to produce larger blossoms in greater numbers, many successful rosarians will agree that magnesium also aids in the growth of new canes from the base of the plant. And of course, Epsom salts increase chlorophyll production meaning darker leaves. For maximum benefit, roses should at the least be fed with Epsom salts at time of planting, then again at the first sign of new growth, and once more when the flowers are in full bloom. Bare root roses may also be soaked in water containing dissolved Epsom salts before planting.
It is almost impossible to use too much Epsom salts in your garden. Magnesium sulfate is pH neutral, so it won’t harm your soil. The crystals break down into water, magnesium, and sulfur – three components which are beneficial in some way to most plants. Epsom salts is safe, easy to apply, and works fast to correct a variety of problems and increase the overall health of your garden. As if that weren’t enough, Epsom salts is also inexpensive making it one of the most perfect tools for the health-conscious, responsible gardener.
SUGGESTED APPLICATION RATES
Vegetable & Flower Gardens:
1-2kg. /10 m² / (2-4lbs. /100 ft².)
200kg / ha (150lbs./acre)
450-675grams/40L (1-1.5lbs. /10 gallons of water) saturating the plant.