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Roses Rock with Epsom Salts

By Joannabanana
February 6, 2014

Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, MgSO4, and should not be confused with common salt, sodium chloride NaCl. Magnesium and sulfur are both natural minerals that many plants need to thrive. I have used Epsom salts in my garden for years and am very pleased with the obvious results of increased plant vigor, more blooms, larger blooms, greener foliage, and overall better plant health. This is especially true of my roses.

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Name: Leon
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Feb 5, 2014 7:27 PM CST
Very informative and educational! The pictures are gorgeous too! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Cem9165
Feb 5, 2014 8:22 PM CST
Great pictures, and a wonderful recommendation to grow better plants. I've become a big fan of Epsom Salt being used in the garden, and I'll have to apply it more consistently to my roses this year.
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dirtdorphins
Feb 5, 2014 8:47 PM CST
In my area we have no magnesium deficiency but a large magnesium mine and plenty of salinity and wicked high pH (at least where I've had testing done to find out why everything is yellow and dying).
https://extension.usu.edu/htm/faq/faq_q=3429
Some of my garden friends add iron--we have no shortage of that either but the plants have a hard time with uptake at the high pH so it helps a lot. For me, the miracle cure has been tons of organic matter.
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pirl
Feb 5, 2014 8:58 PM CST
For many years we've used Epsom Salt for clematises, roses, tomatoes and peppers. It's also good for getting bushy basil plants and many other plants you may have that never look quite as good as you wish they would. It's definitely a must for our gardens and worth a try.

Thanks for a very positive outlook and good photos!
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KyWoods
Feb 5, 2014 11:20 PM CST
I had no idea that the stuff I soaked my sprained ankle in would be good for the garden! Thanks for the info!
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qwilter
Feb 6, 2014 6:09 AM CST
I've always put some in the hole when planting but never used it as an amendment afterward. Will give it a try this year.
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vic
Feb 6, 2014 7:53 AM CST
If I had my pick of gardens to visit of anyone on ATP, yours would be in the top 3 Joanna - Thumbs up
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Joannabanana
Feb 6, 2014 8:21 AM CST
Vicki, Your welcome to visit any time. Smiling
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Leftwood
Feb 6, 2014 10:57 AM CST
>>>When you are spraying the foliage with water-soluble fertilizer and Epsom salts.... A couple of tablespoons added to a fertilizer sprayer will be sufficient.

What does this mean? What kind of fertilizer sprayer are you talking about? What is it's application rate of said sprayer?
Your actual epsom salt application may be as much as 2 tablespoons per quart of water to as little as 1 teaspoon per 5 gallons!
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pirl
Feb 6, 2014 11:18 AM CST
I am only guessing Joanna means water-soluble fertilizer used according to the directions on the package.

My gardening neighbor was my teacher and she told me a little bit of ES with every feeding is better than a lot once or twice a season. For those not as faithful with spraying as Joanna, sprinkling a few tablespoons on the earth where large clematises grow has proven to do very well, along with aged manure and aged compost.
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Joannabanana
Feb 6, 2014 11:33 AM CST
Excuse any typo's. I' m on an iPhone.

The fertilizer sprayer (miracle grow) hose end. I don't really measure . Could 1/4 cup. I fertilize with the hose sprayer mid to late season. I do the entire garden
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Newyorkrita
Feb 6, 2014 1:11 PM CST
Great article! I have never tried Epsom salts on my roses or any flowers. Tried it on my tomatoes once as I had read it was good for tomatoes and peppers. Didn't notice any results so I stopped using it. But I read often that people really recommend it for tomatoes and peppers.

I don't have problems with the roses as they are sprayed and well fed.
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pirl
Feb 6, 2014 2:02 PM CST
It makes plants much stronger so give it a try, Rita.
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Newyorkrita
Feb 6, 2014 2:06 PM CST
If my roses get any stronger they will take over the world! Hilarious! I have a bag of Epsom salts that I bought for the peppers so I can always try some in the spring.
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pirl
Feb 6, 2014 2:18 PM CST
Good!

We used to buy it at a drugstore and would check out with 20 containers and my husband said the cashiers must think we dine on cement.
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Newyorkrita
Feb 6, 2014 2:20 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! I bought a 5 pound bag of some stuff that is meant for plants somewhere last year. Forgot where.
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Skiekitty
Feb 6, 2014 2:34 PM CST
I'm definitely gonna have to try epsom salts this year as I really need to bulk up my poor roses! What I don't understand is why so many people are against using MiracleGro because it "puts salt into the soil", but what's the difference between that & putting Epsom salts? I figure that since I'm so magnesium deficient myself, why not give some to the roses too?
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quietyard
Feb 6, 2014 2:40 PM CST
I use lots of MiracleGro on my roses Toni. Works just fine for me.

May try some of the Epsom salts as well. Good article. Thumbs up
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Feb 6, 2014 2:53 PM CST
I Never use Miracle Grow.
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pirl
Feb 6, 2014 3:02 PM CST
Neither do I. The salts in MG are not the same as Epsom "Salt", which is not a salt at all - just a name given to them in England...long ago.

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