Epsom Salt in the Garden - It Works
The Perfect Bloom
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.
MAGNESIUM & Sulfate
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.
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.
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.