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Do you use epsom salts in the garden?

Postby sunkeeper » May 08, 2008 3:11 pm

Epsom Salts and Plants - Is it Worth Using Epsom Salts as a Plant Fertilizer?
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Postby butterfly » May 08, 2008 3:46 pm

Tomatoes like it SK

I tried it on houseplants a long time ago and nearly killed them

Snake plant turned all white from the tips to half way down and then turned to ash and broke off

Never did that again but toms like it as a tonic
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Postby Lizcordysmum » May 08, 2008 4:23 pm

Yes...always use it under the rosebushes, every spring.

Will now start using it on toms and peppers too.

What the dickens are "biter tomatoes?" They bite back???
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Postby Venice » May 08, 2008 4:59 pm

I use it mainly on my Hibiscus. But on the roses and Toms as well.

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Postby Lindamct » May 08, 2008 4:59 pm

:lol: Liz! How much epsom salt does one use around just 1 tomato plant you guys? I just love it in a bath occasionally! :D
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Postby bluewillow » May 08, 2008 5:09 pm

BF, does one sprinkle the salts around the tomato plant, mix with water or dig in? You have mentioned before how good it is for tomats.

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Postby dj_backq » May 08, 2008 5:46 pm

I only use it when I'm watering my tomatoes, peppers and roses, about every two weeks. The other week, I use fish emulsion.

1 Tbps Epson per liter of water. I use it both as a foliar spray and to water the roots. For those interested, Epson salts are approved for certified organic growers.

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Postby B_BQ » May 08, 2008 6:10 pm

I don't think Epsom Salts is a fertilizer. My understanding is that it encourages the plant to take up nutrients which are already there......or something like that! :roll:
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Postby joan w » May 08, 2008 6:25 pm

Here's a site that I've had in my favourites for quite a while.

It gives very good information on Epsom Salts.

I've used them on tomatoes but I'm going to be using it on other plants as well.
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Postby butterfly » May 08, 2008 6:25 pm

I've always heard, and read epsom salts was a tonic not a fertilizer as well BBQ


I do the same as Andre

I use banana peel for roses too. Been doing it for years. Roses love potassium. I also said I used coffee grounds in my compost

One time years ago there was garden show on tv can't remember which one. But one could call in to ask questions or give tips

There was a plant expert to answer any questions

I called in and said my banana trick for roses

He actually laffed his head off and made fun of me cause he never heard of it

Another caller called that same day and she used the peels for her roses too. I could almost see him turning red

Not sure what kind of expert he was but not one who I ever listened to again

Just because he wasn't aware of it doesn't make him smarter than the rest of us
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