Why is Epsom salt good for tomatoes?
Sweeter Tomatoes – Plants lacking the proper levels of magnesium may also lack sweetness which makes Epsom salt a good, cheap source of magnesium for plants. It is easily and quickly absorbed into the plant. Mixing with warm water can help dissolve the Epsom salt easier.
Epsom salt helps improve flower blooming and enhances a plant's green color. It can even help plants grow bushier. Epsom salt is made up of hydrated magnesium sulfate (magnesium and sulfur), which is important to healthy plant growth.
- Mix 1 teaspoon with 1 gallon of water and apply when watering the plant. Ferns – Epsom salts work wonders on ferns as a liquid fertilizer helping the leaves have a rich, deep dark green color. Elephant ear plants are another plant which benefits from the extra magnesium.
- Mix one part of additive-free 35% hydrogen peroxide with ten parts water. Water infected plants thoroughly. The soil will bubble as the oxygen is released. For root rot, water plants very thoroughly, then allow the soil to dry.
- Some organic methods of adding nitrogen to the soil include:
- Adding composted manure to the soil.
- Planting a green manure crop, such as borage.
- Planting nitrogen fixing plants like peas or beans.
- Adding coffee grounds to the soil.
Updated: 2nd October 2019