Epsom Salt and Its Role in the Rose Garden

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epsom salt

Epsom Salt or Magnesium Sulfate is a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. It gets its name from the town of Epsom in Surrey, England, where it was originally discovered.

Epsom salt is a popular remedy for many ailments. People use it to ease health problems, such as muscle soreness and stress. It has many health benefits but I’m not going to talk about its health benefits here but its role in the garden.

I remember the first time I bought 5 boxes of the quart size of Epsom Salt at the drug store. People looked at me with that questioning look – “What is wrong with you?”.  I had to tell them that I used them to fertilize my roses. “Really?” I had to show them the label where it said good for plant growth.

Epsom Salt is an important part of the rose diet…

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2 thoughts on “Epsom Salt and Its Role in the Rose Garden

  1. I read it somewhere that it was good for gardenias and then I asked the Master gardener at my Home Depot and she said for my hibiscus as well. So now, it gets used everywhere!!


    1. Yes, it’s good for plants. I have been using it for at least 20 years. Someone mentioned it at a rose society meeting and I started using it. First with the roses and then every plants get it in spring and in the fall.

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