More tasty tomatoes and peppers with Epsom Salts

Get more tomatoes with Epsom Salts

Epsom Salts May help increase blossoms in tomatoes and pepper plants. Increase in blossoms means more tomatoes and peppers!

Epsom salts contain magnesium sulfate, two important elements for plant growth.

Magnesium– can become depleted in soil usually later in the season. Magnesium helps strengthen plant cell walls, helping the plant to absorb nutrients. It also helps to increase blossoms.

Sulfur– improves the growth and overall health of plants, it may also help our high alkaline soil here in the southwest.

There are two ways to use Epsom salts for tomatoes.

1. Mix 1 tbsp of Epsom salts into the soil at the bottom of the planting hole when transplanting tomatoes or peppers or mix 1 tbsp in a gallon of water and water the transplant. It may help plants absorb Calcium and other nutrients from the soil.

2. Use as a foliar spray of 1 tbsp per gallon of water when the plants flower. Epsom salt helps set more blossoms.

I’ve used Epsom Salts on my tomatoes, peppers and even roses for years. It will help roses produce more flowers. Scratch in 1/2 cup of  Epsom salts in soil around rose bush and water in.

10 comments on “More tasty tomatoes and peppers with Epsom Salts

  1. gene solyntjes says:


    My roses are finally beginning to bloom and now I learn about Epsom salts to increase their flowering. Thanks for including this fact as it will certainly allow LInda and I to enjoy these beautiful plants more in the future.



    • Hi Gene-
      Don’t forget to look for aphids right now on the roses and if you find them spray a hard stream of water on them to try to knock off lots of them and then spray insecticidal soap on the leaves- top and bottom of leaves. It will kill them. You may have to do this a couple of times. We had a problem with our roses and now it seems under control…


  2. Barbara says:

    Thanks for the new information about epsom salts. Never heard of that before.


  3. Pam Grob says:

    I just discovered little black flies on my tomato plants- a lot of them. I hosed them off, but they’ve been coming back. Are these a problem? If so, is there anything else I can do to get rid of them?


  4. Pam Grob says:

    Thanks, I’ll try the neem. They don’t look like the beetles, closer to the flies.


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