Daylilies forum: Epsom salts

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bluepoppy
Apr 4, 2013 5:53 PM CST
Has anyone every used this on their daylilies and was it beneficial??
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Apr 4, 2013 9:36 PM CST
I have used them when a daylily looked "peaked" - for lack of a better term... foliage looked yellow, much lighter than the daylilies around it.
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philljm
Apr 4, 2013 11:06 PM CST
I have used it, I liked it, although I have been told that the colors won't be as good? I haven't a clue if that is true or not. ~Jan
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Hemlady
Apr 5, 2013 7:21 AM CST
I have used epsom salts several times but I don't intend on ever using it again. A master gardener that lives in my area said that our soil here in southern Michigan is already saturated with magnesium and he recommended not using epsom salts. If you already have too much magnesium in your soil, epsom salts will actually stunt the growth of plants instead of helping them. I guess it would be good to get a soil testing kit and check your soil before using it. One year I was out of fertilizer and decided to use tomato fertilizer on the daylilies and that year I had the best bloom ever.
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Casshigh
Apr 5, 2013 7:39 AM CST
We use Epsom salt in the early spring and sometimes again after bloom in late July or August. We put out a pinch around each existing plant and in the hole when planting a new daylily. A pinch is what Dan Trimmer recommended at a meeting we attended. Hemlady is right about having your soil tested or buy a soil tester before adding any fertilizer. You don't know what your soil needs if you don't know what is already there. We had our soil tested last spring and found out what was lacking and what we had in excess. I am going to use the soil tester that we bought to test areas for ph. I "think" we need to add more lime to some beds. The magnesium in the Epsom salt makes the daylily foliage a very healthy green. You might google and find out other benefits.
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floota
Apr 5, 2013 8:48 AM CST
Epsom Salts are part of the "Hooker" solution, and I used the modified Hooker ( without the insecticide) as a drench for daylilies and roses for many years. However, the fish emulsion, which is nasty, really NASTY smelling, attracted skunks that would try to dig up anything nearby in an attempt to find the fish, caused me to quit using this a few years ago. Several organic recipes from Jim Baker also use Epsom Salts. Soil testing is helpful as others have said.
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Hemlady
Apr 5, 2013 1:30 PM CST
Thanks for mentioning that about fish emulsion. We already have too many skunks around here and I certainly don't want to attract any more.
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lovemyhouse
Apr 5, 2013 2:04 PM CST
Hilarious! Cindy, I can see where more might be a bad thing.
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Hemlady
Apr 5, 2013 8:52 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! For sure.
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Claudia
Apr 7, 2013 3:48 PM CST
Oh my....I didn't no that and I do not want to attract any skunks!! Blinking
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