Has anyone ever heard of mixing epsom salt with water and spraying them
on vegtable plants when they are blooming to increase the yield.
I would like to know if this works, I need somthing to increase the
amount of vegetable prodution.
Chuckie in the frozen north zone 5
I am actually trying to get away from commercial products, such as
I have used miracle grow but my compost tea works just as well or
And anything else to help me have a better yield I'll try as long as it
Chuckie in the frozen north zone 5
If you want to be strictly "organic", then you shouldn't use Epsom salts
(magnesium sulphate) because it has absolutely no carbon compounds in it.
By definition, no fertilizers are "organic" because none of the vital
elements for plant growth are carbon.
Therefore, being strictly "organic" is a farce.
Well 5 degrees F is frozen to me.
And if you any further up than zone five you must work for the guy in
the red suit.
Now I'm going to set my -60 degree boots next to the fire so that they
are warm for the morning :-)
Chuckie in the frozen north zone 5. Current temp 5F
Funny somewhat apropos question:
Does anyone think it would make sense that road salt used in the north
in the winter could offer the same benefits? I put a rose into a spot
out front of my house last year where I was actually quite skeptical
the rose would do well. This spot has pretty poor soil quality overall
in both depth and over all composition. I put the rose there in
desperation after I had bought it but not had the oppotunity to clear
out a more appropriate spot in the garden yet. It was either plant it
*somewhere* or let it die in its wrappings becuase it really couldn't
afford to be left out of ground any longer.
I have heard (but not tried) the fact that epson salts are good for
roses. Well, that thing grew like a WEED. Outgrew in < one season more
than other had grown in 2! This location happens to be a place where a
lot of plowed, salty slush ends up during wintertime, and I thought to
myself that maybe that's part of why. I thought the road salt would be
*harmful* to the rose, but that thing (and all the other flowers around
it -- annual or perennial) have proven me wrong!!
Dunno! Any thoughts?
I use 2 TBL per tomato plant mixed with about 1/2 c of sugar and slow
release organic fertilizer. The plants take off faster and produce sooner.
We have a clay soil here that binds up many nutrients, this mix has really
helped in the past.
:) I always put about a tbs of epsom salt down before I plant tomatoes and
:) peppers. Also good for roses. It is just magnesium sulfate. No salt in
Ummm...Magnesium sulphate IS the salt..It's mineral name is Epsomite :)
The magnesium in the Epsom salts promotes the formation of new
shoots. If that's the type of "increase" you want, then a very
small amount per plant should suffice.
With the first feeding in the spring, I dig about a tablespoon of
Epsom salts around each rose bush in my garden to promote the
growth of new canes. The roses also appreciate the acidity of the
sulfate, especially since soils in my area tend to be quite
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
Epsom salts sprayed on the leaves of plants being grown in soil lacking
magnesium will cause better blooming and bigger sweet potatoes when used on
them. My extension agent recommended not using it here because we
apparently have plenty of it in our soil.
When using it, desolve 1 to 2 tbsp in a gallon of water and spray the
leaves, or put one around the plant and water it into the roots.
First step is a soil test... a real one where you take several samples of
soil from within your garden, and then send it off to a soil testing
labratory. Some states have soil tests for very low costs, others
will tell you to send your samples to a commercial lab (usually $$
compared to $ for a state lab). I don't know if Iowa still does it,
but the ISU soil lab would test out of state samples, though they got
done after the instate samples were run.
Then, if you need magnesium (or some other elements), you'll know how
much of what to add, instead of just shotgunning it. You could be dealing
with a great number of different reasons why you're not getting good
yields, from pH to watering to shade to mineral excesses, to mineral
deficiencies, to poorly chosen cultivars, to soil compaction to ....
well, you get the idea.
More info here from Iowa State, but check with your own extension service.
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