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Magnesium for Roses

November 17th, 2017

As I mentioned yesterday, I use epsom salts in the garden in a few different places. One of the places I discovered where it is very effective is on roses. I have always read that roses like a foliar spray of magnesium, but I never got around to doing it until this summer.

I mixed 1 Tablespoon of magnesium in gallon of water. I transferred it to a spray bottle and sprayed the leave of my rose bushes every three weeks. The results were amazing. I started spraying in early August and afterwards all of my roses produced a small second flush of blooms. They also put on lots of lush green growth and looked much healthier than they have the past few summers.

For being such an inexpensive thing, epsom salts are really a valuable addition to the garden. I use Ancient Minerals brand because I trust them. This winter I’ll be researching to see if there are any other plants that appreciate a foliar magnesium feed. Next year I’m going to start feeding the roses when I see new growth.

Do you use epsom salts in the garden?

4 Comments to “Magnesium for Roses”
  1. Jennifer on November 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    This is wonderful! I’ve never tried epsom salt but I definitely will now.

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  2. JC on November 17, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I used a mixture of Epsom salts, powdered milk and organic fertilizer in the holes before I planted my tomato plants this year and side dressed them every few weeks and my plants were the strongest and healthiest they have ever been.

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  3. Nebraska Dave on November 18, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Susy, I’ve used Epsom Salts when planting tomatoes but I just dig it into the soil at the hole that I plant the tomatoes in. I’m not sure that it made a whole lot of difference and have not done a side by side test to see if it improved any thing. Maybe I will this year.

    Have a great day and holiday week.

    Nebraska Dave

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  4. Brenda on November 19, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Well, now you have me researching this! It looks like clematis really benefits from magnesium, too. Next year I’ll be soaking my plants and my feet.

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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