You’ve probably heard of using Epsom Salts for personal hygiene. However, using epsom salt for tomatoes may be something new. It’s true, epsom salt can also be used in the garden! and for killing a tree stump.
What Is Epsom Salt?
First of all, Epsom salt is not salt. It is NOT something you put on your food!
It’s actually a compound called magnesium sulfate that occurs naturally. The name Epsom is a nod to a saline spring found in a part of England by the same name.
Magnesium sulfate is known for providing wonderful benefits when growing tomatoes, functioning as a plant fertilizer to help with magnesium deficiency.
Incorporate Epsom Salt And Tomato Plants From The Start
#1 For Potted Tomato Plants
Dissolve around 2 tablespoons of epsom salt in 1 gallon of water. Use the solution to water your plants. No need to do this every day though! Instead, use the solution once a month and switch to regular watering for the rest of the days.
#2 When First Planting Tomato Seedlings
When first planting seedlings in the garden, take 1 cup of Epsom salt and sprinkle it liberally over the plot. Ideally, 1 cup of Epsom salt will cover roughly 100 square foot. Make sure you distribute it evenly.
When you’re done, work the epsom salt into the soil. This makes it easier for your tomato plants to obtain nutrients from the soil, building stronger root and burst into healthy blooms.
#3 Tomato Plant Maintenance
Generally, you’ll know if your tomato plants are suffering from a magnesium deficiency if you see the tomato leaves turning yellow. Do not wait for this to happen! As your tomato plants mature, add a bit of Epsom salt to the soil.
The ideal epsom salt solution ratio is 1 tablespoon per foot of plant height. If your tomato plant is two feet in height, you’ll be feeding it two tablespoons of Epsom salt at least twice a month!
Once on the 15th and another on the 30th would be perfect. For other plants, the general rule is once every six weeks. Opt for the less frequent method and observe how your plants react.
Warning: DO NOT over use!
#4 Applying Epsom Salt As A Soil Drench OR A Foliar Spray
Drenching with Epsom salt improves the overall health of tomato plants by giving them a good dose of magnesium.
How much Epsom salt for tomatoes?
If your tomato plants need a boost, mix and dissolve about one or two tablespoons of Epsom salt in a gallon of warm water.
Drench at the base of the tomato plants and allow the water-salt solution to soak into the ground.
Repeat throughout the season as necessary. Using Epsom salt for peppers will produce the same benefits.
Apply as a foliar spray using the same 1 or 2 tablespoons in a gallon of water, every 2 weeks for a boost.
What To Expect When Applying Epsom Salt On Tomatoes
With the proper application, your tomato plants, you can expect the following results:
- Tomato plants are less prone to problems like blossom-end rot
- The tomatoes bear fruits longer
- Improved chlorophyll production
- Ripening color is redder than usual and more attractive
- Larger tomato fruits
- The tomatoes are sweet and incredibly juicy
- Better seed germination and plant growth
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Of course, Epsom salts may also be used for other plants and not just tomatoes. More on Epsom Salt Garden “Cheats”!
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Other crops that benefit from Epsom salt include: peppers, rose bushes have brighter colored bloom, and the vegetable garden.
Understand that different plants have different care needs so you’ll have to do some research based on the crop you intend to grow.