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Have you noticed that your palm trees are turning yellow and even after giving the necessary treatment, the yellowing remains the same?
Your palm tree may be suffering from a magnesium nutrient deficiency which causes yellowing of leaves.
Well not to worry because these problems can be solved using Epsom salts. Epsom salts is a mineral compound that is composed of magnesium and sulphate which is used to rectify magnesium deficiency.
In this article, we are going to consider why this plant food is good for palm trees and how they can be used
Is Epsom Salt A Good Plant Food For Palm Trees?
As long as Epsom salt is not used in excess, they are very essential for plant growth. This plant food adds provides the soil with deficient magnesium.
Epsom salt is water-soluble and odourless making it useful for different plant species. Epsom salt is essential for chlorophyll formation and germination of seeds.
When Epsom salts are used, they help the plant absorb vitamins and enzymes and also strengthen the plant cell.
How Do I Use Epsom Salt On My Palms?
Since palm trees can be grown both indoors and outdoors, we are going to discuss in detail how Epsom Salts in both environments.
How To Apply Plant Food For Indoor Plants
The most efficient way to apply Epsom salt is by making a solution and spraying directly on the roots.
To apply Epsom salts to indoor plants we need to
- Pour a gallon of water in a measuring bucket, add one to two teaspoons of Epsom salt to the water and mix thoroughly using a mixing stick
- Spray the plant food directly on the roots of the palm trees. Another way is to carry the plant’s root keep in a dry sink and water plants rood.
- Make sure that this is repeated at least 2 to 3 times before the palm tree is moved to its original position
- This plant food should be applied to the palm. trees, thrice a year for healthy plant growth.
- Always make use of personal protective pieces of equipment to protect yourself from the self.
How To Apply Plant Food For Outdoor Palm Trees
Instead of making a solution, it is best to use the Epsom salt powder or seeds directly on the palm trees as fertilizer. To make use of Epsom salts on outdoor plants, we need to:
- Spoon 3 to 6 pounds of Epsom salt and pour directly on the palm tree spreading it uniformly.
- After spreading, pour water over the places in which the fertilizer was poured, this will help to dissolve the salt and hasten the rate of absorption.
- This process should be repeated at least twice a year for good positive results.
- It is important to understand that the amount of fertilizer that is used will depend on the length and width of the plant.
- Most ingrown palm trees will require more fertilizer s it is difficult to reach. the roots.
Benefits Of Epsom Salts On Palm Trees
As we all know by now Epsom salts are used to treat nutrient deficiencies but that’s not all, there are other benefits of Epsom salts that are discussed below
- It treats transplant shock
- It neutralizes soil Ph
- Epsom salts prevent pests
- Prevents Leaf curl
1. It Treats Transplant Shock
When palm trees are transplanted, the roots Wilt because they find it challenging to absorb nutrients from the new environment or soil.
When Epsom plant foods are added to the soil, it will limit the transplant shock effect and increase the palm tree’s chances of survival.
2. It Neutralizes Soil Ph.
When soil is too alkaline, most palm trees find it difficult to survive, adding this plant food to the soil will help to neutralise the alkalinity of the soil, making it good for palm trees to grow.
3. Epsom Salt Prevents Pests.
Some pests like slugs and voles. that cause harm to these palm trees and make it difficult for the plants to grow. Applying a generous amount of Epsom Salt will not only kill some of these pests but will. also, prevent them from coming closer to the palm trees.
4. Prevents Leaf Curl
This plant food makes the palm trees resident again in environments that are harmful to the plants.
Lack of magnesium can also lead to leaf curling; when Epsom salts are sprayed on these curled leaves, they help to remedy this problem.
Which Palm Trees Need Magnesium Sulphate?
Most palm trees that are deficient in magnesium sulphate will need plants and foods that are rich in these nutrients to thrive well.
Some species that may require this plant food are the majestic Palm and sago palm, the palm trees are usually deficient in these nutrients and they need these plant foods to thrive.
Can You Give Palm Trees Epsom Salt?
Epsom salts are plant foods that can be given to palm trees especially when they are lacking magnesium in them; lack of magnesium is usually portrayed by the yellowing or curling of palm trees.
Epsom salts are good for palm trees, as long as they are not given in excess which can damage the plant eventually.
Epson salts can be applied either directly by spraying the powder or indirectly by mixing the Epsom salts with water.
What Plants Is Epsom Salt Good For?
Apart from palm trees, Epsom salts are also beneficial to other plants given their respective situations.
Plants such as tomatoes and peppers make use of Epsom salt to give them vibrant colour and foliage. This and many other magnesium-deficient plants take good advantage of Epsom salts and their benefits.
So far we have learned the benefits of these plant foods on our palm trees and how best they can be applied to our plants.
Do you have any questions or thoughts you’d like to share? please feel free to use the comment section! And also let us know how best you grow your palm trees.