Epsom salts – MgSO4(H2O)x – are a mixture of magnesium, sulphur and oxygen. They are recommended for commercial growers, regardless of the climate they’re in or the plants they are growing because they are so beneficial to floral species.
They dissolve easily and are often used in bath and beauty products too.
Benefits of Epsom Salts to Your Plants and Garden
Epsom salts should be used in your gardening because they:
- Add additional, crucial nutrients to your fertiliser.
- Aid the seeds in germination.
- Yield a bushier, healthier plant.
- Increase the production of chlorophyll.
- Keep harmful bugs and pests away from your plants.
How to Use Epsom Salts on Plants
- On the lawn or grass – sprinkle one kilogram per 100 square metres with a spreader. If you don’t have a spreader, diluted the salts in water and spray it on.
- Trees – sprinkle two tablespoons over one square metre of the root zone at least once every four months.
- Shrubs – sprinkle one tablespoon over a square metre of the root zone once or twice a month.
- House plants – two tablespoons in 3.5 litres of water, feed your plants once a month.
- Roses – one tablespoon for every 30 centimetres of the plant’s height, scattered on the root zone every two weeks. Add a tablespoon of salts in each hole before planting your rose bush.
- Garden preparation – sprinkle a cup of Epsom salts for every nine square metres of your garden as a preparation before planting anything.
Other benefits of Epsom salts, in addition to their excellent help in the garden, include:
- Promoting sleep
- Helping the body and muscles to relax
- Reducing stress
- Relieving constipation
- Reducing pain and swelling
Tip: always drink lots of water if you’ve consumed Epsom salts.