Fertilizing Peppers with Epsom Salts - Knowledgebase Question

Baton Rouge, LA
Question by augiedog1
March 23, 2000
Someone told me it is a good idea to dissolve some epsom salts in water and then to water pepper plants with it. Is this true?

Answer from NGA
March 23, 2000


Epsom salts contains magnesium, an element often deficient in sandy southern soils. However, without a soil test to verify the need for it, I can't say for sure if your peppers will benefit from such an application.

As a rule of thumb, dissolve a tablespoon or two of Epsom salts in a gallon of water and drench a two-foot diameter area around each plant. You should only have to do this once in a growing season.

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