Epsom Salt 15lb Bag
Epsom salt is a natural mineral, discovered in the well water of Epsom, England. Epsom salt has been used for hundreds of years, not only to help plants but to treat a range of human and animal ailments. Who has not soaked their feet in epsom salt at least once? Blood Meal for Less offers high quality epsom salt for your gardening needs in and around Norfolk, NE.
Chemically, epsom salt is hydrated magnesium sulfate (about 10 percent magnesium and 13 percent sulfur). Magnesium is critical for seed germination and the production of chlorophyll, fruits, and nuts. Magnesium helps strengthen cell walls and improves plants' uptake of nitrogen, phosphorous, and sulfur.
Magnesium tends to be lacking in old, weathered soils with low pH, notably in the Southeast or Pacific Northwest. Soils with a pH above 7 and soils high in Calcium and Potassium also generally have low magnesium levels. Calcium and potassium compete with magnesium for uptake by plant roots, and magnesium often loses. Sometimes, a soil test will show adequate levels of magnesium in soil, but a plant grown in that soil may still be deficient because of that competition.
Although magnesium and sulfur occur naturally in soil, they can be depleted by various conditions, including heavy agricultural use. But unlike most commercial fertilizers, which build up in the soil over time, Epsom Salt is not persistent so you can’t overuse it. Epsom salt is recommended by Master Gardeners and used regularly by commercial growers around the world. Tests by the National Gardening Association confirm that roses fertilized with Epsom Salt grow bushier and produce more flowers, and it also makes pepper plants grow larger than those treated only with commercial fertilizer.
Give Blood Meal for Less's epsom salt a try and let us know what you think!