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Epsom Salt in the Garden - It Works

Updated on May 18, 2015
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Clearissa is a lifestyle blogger with an emphasis on organization, redesign, DIY and simply how to live your best life.

The Perfect Bloom

The Perfect Bloom
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My Rose Garden Success

I could dub this the year of the rose because I am having a phenomenal year of growth and blooms in my rose garden. They are growing out of control and blooming more than they ever have. My neighbors stop by often to comment on the lushness of my rose garden. I am ecstatic! I am frequently peeking out of the window when I am inside and/or standing and staring when I am leaving or entering the house. I am so happy with the view.

You may be wondering if this is the first time my rose bushes have produced and the answer to that is no, it is not the first time, but it is the first time, they have been so vibrant, lush and plentiful. So you say…well spill it, what did you do? And here is the kicker, I only added one thing to the garden. I was doing some research last spring and ran across an article that suggested that Epsom salt or Magnesium Sulfate is good for plants and especially roses. I read it and did not act on it last year, but this year when spring finally sprung, I remembered the article and with that in mind, instead of using a not so planet friendly fertilizer, I used Epsom salt. Yes, that is the only difference but as you can see from the pictures, they are almost overgrown and it is still early in the season. As a matter of fact, we are planning to cut them back once they stop blooming. I am hoping that cutting them back will encourage another full-blown bloom for all of the bushes.

I read, that you should add a little Epsom salt to the hole when planting a rose bush but mine were planted last year and the year before so I improvised and sprinkle a handful around each rose bush. I really did not expect much but as you can see from the pictures, I received a lot!

Why Epsom Salt Works in the Garden

According to my research, Epsom salt is composed mostly of Magnesium Sulfate and both ingredients are vital to healthy plant life. Using Epsom salt in the garden helps to create a lush and vibrant garden space. Epsom salt is also very safe to use.

Blooms Open 2015
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Magnesium is a mineral that helps to strengthen plant cell walls and Sulfate is a mineral derivative of sulfur and is equally important for developing healthy plants Magnesium & Sulfate join with the soil to make key nutrients more effective for plants.

Pretty in Bloom
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Lush Rose Bushs
Lush Rose Bushs | Source

The Downside, If there is One

Since adding the Epsom salt to the garden, not only are my roses growing and looking lush but so are the shrubs. They have to be trimmed this weekend. So far, that is the only con to this technique. However, if that is the only negative effect, I will take it in order to get the blooms I’ve gotten from my rose bushes this year.

Left Side of Rose Garden
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Purslane on the Small Porch
Purslane on the Small Porch | Source
Pink Roses
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I have nothing else to attribute the burst of color and health of my roses to except the addition of Epsom salt because I did nothing else differently this year other than adding the Epsom salt. I have not used my usual water soluble plant food at this time. So I attribute all of this beauty to the addition of Epsom salt to the diet of my roses. Look at the perfectness of the blooms. I am in awe.

As an added bonus, I have also taken pictures of my lilies that are about to burst into bloom as well. And in my flower pots, I just planted Purslane and Lantana this weekend. I added Epsom salt to these as well so hopefully they will bloom just as plentiful. I added Epsom salt to my potted tomatoes, mint, strawberries, marigolds, and hostas as well. Fingers crossed all will survive and thrive as my roses have.

Right Side of Rose Garden
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      Harleena Singh 2 years ago

      Hi Clearissa,

      Awesome indeed :)

      Your roses look so pretty and they are blooming! One couldn't imagine all of this was thanks to Epsom Salt, but as you have used it and are seeing the results, it looks like the perfect ingredient for roses and all other plants. Yes, even the shrubs! I must try this out.

      Thanks for sharing it with us. Have a nice week ahead :)

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      Clearissa Coward's Command Center 2 years ago from Cary,NC

      Thanks, Harleena. I was surprised as well. But there is no other explanation as using the Epsom salt is the only thing I did differently. Good luck, I hope it works just as well for you.

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      Pamela 2 years ago

      I absolutely loved reading your article. I've learned something new today and I am going to try the epsom salt with some new plants that I have on my list to buy. Thank you for this great tip.

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      Becky 2 years ago

      How much do you sprinkle around the rose bush?

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      Clearissa Coward's Command Center 2 years ago from Cary,NC

      Thanks Pamela. I hope it works as well for you. Happy Gardening. :)

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      Clearissa Coward's Command Center 2 years ago from Cary,NC

      Becky I did not measure. However, if you view the photos you can see my garden area is relatively small. I just sprinkled approximately 4 hands full on the soil and watered. Hope this helps.

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      Theresa 2 years ago

      I would like to thank you for that information. I love my roses, and all my tropical flowers, it just so happens I have a box of Epson salts in my craft cupboard, and will go right out and give everyone a small handful of it. I have about 26 rose plants, and a bunch of tropical plants which I just had to transplant. I am tired of giving them plant food and over fertilizing them and scared of burning their roots or not giving them enough. If you know what I mean, I am talking about liquid, fertilizer. When you use crystal fertilizer you still tend to use a little too much... as it comes out so fast. And the best part of it all Epsom salts are only $4.50 in Canada and it comes in a huge 2 litre container. It goes so far.

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      Clearissa Coward's Command Center 2 years ago from Cary,NC

      That's perfect Theresa. I hope you have a good of a reaction to your roses as I have. I have only had positive results and heard the same from others. Let me know how your roses do once you add it.

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      Mazlan 23 months ago from Malaysia

      Epsom salts aren't cheap in our part of the world, but I am using it to 'treat' one of my frangipani plant that seems to have wilting and yellow leaves. So far so good, it is looking healthy now. I will probably write about this once the plant shows signs of healthy growth.

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      Clearissa Coward's Command Center 23 months ago from Cary,NC

      Happy it has saved your Frangipani plant Greatstuff. Can't wait to read your post. :)

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      Mazlan 23 months ago from Malaysia

      Thanks, not sure when though :-)

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