For those who love to decorate their home with greenery, there is nothing more discouraging than wilted leaves or brittle stems. Even if you water each plant according to their specific needs, put them in the perfect light, and have the top-notch potting soil ready, sometimes it feels like you just can’t save your houseplants. But if you try this trick of the trade, you might be able to revive your plant friend before he dies. Read on to learn about a common bathroom product that could be the key to returning your plant to its lush state.
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When you hear “Epsom salts,” you might think of its well-known health benefits, ranging from relieving arthritis pain to reducing stress. You might even have it handy for the next time you want to take a relaxing soak in the tub. But did you know that it is also a gardeners best kept secret? Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, is a combination of magnesium and sulfur, both of which are important for plant growthsays the Epsom Salts Council.
If your plant’s leaves are turning yellow between the green veins, this is one Signs of magnesium deficiency and Epsom salts can be your new best friend.
When trying the Epsom Salts approach, there are several tactics you can employ depending on your needs. You can make a solution by mixing two tablespoons of Epson salt with a gallon of water, the Apartment Therapy team says. Water your plants with this solution once a month until it comes through the drain hole. If you’re looking for faster results, you can spray your plants with the same Epsom salt solution. The Gardening Know How recommends placing the solution in a spray bottle and spraying all exposed parts of the plant.
If you enjoy bathing in Epsom salts, you can use the water from your bath, too, says Apartment Therapy. However, you should definitely skip this approach if you’ve added something else to the water (think bath bombs or soaps with coloring and scents). You should also avoid this tactic if your plants are intended to be eaten, such as herbs, vegetables, or just anything that an unruly child or pet might chew.
– which can be dangerous if your pet has a habit of nibbling on individual leaves. If you’ve added just a small amount of soap, your plants should be able to handle it.
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If you’re having trouble with plants in your outdoor garden, the Epsom Salt Council recommends testing the soil for magnesium or sulfur deficiencies to see if Epsom Salt might help. For your houseplants you will want Use Epsom salt only If you notice your houseplants are deficient in magnesium, don’t use it as an all-purpose fertilizer, the Farmer’s Almanac warns.
The Gardening Know How went on to warn gardeners that using Epsom salts without showing signs of deficiency could increase salt buildup in the soil and actually do more harm than good. If an Epsom salt solution isn’t the right approach for your houseplant, there are several other hacks that may be of greater use. Depending on the needs of your houseplants, you can try sprinkling eggshells to add calcium, or take advantage of cinnamon’s antifungal benefits by mixing it in seedling soil.
If you suspect your plant has seen its death day, the first step is to do so check the stems, says the garden knowledge. If your plant is still alive, the stem will be “flexible and strong” and have a green tinge on the inside. If the stem is mushy or brown, the next thing to check is the roots. If these look the same as the stem, your houseplant probably has succumbed to root rot, Summer Rayne OakesHost and Producer of YouTube’s Plant One On Me and IGTV’s 365 Days of Plants, opposite Apartment Therapy.
Oakes, who also wrote the book How to get a plant to love you, recommends composting your plant when it gets to this point. This can be disappointing, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. “If you compost it, at least it goes back into the soil and hopefully serves as a base for growing more plants,” she said.
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