How To Get Water To Penetrate Faster & Epsom Salt On Peppers And Tomatoes

Question:

I have a cherry, plum, and orange planted on a slope. They all have a basin, but the water seems to run out before its sinks into the ground. How can I get the water to penetrate faster?

Answer:

  •  With the ongoing water restrictions, A. Watering basins and mulching are a must today. With plants planted on a slope, the basins should be six to eight inches high on the downside to form a sufficient watering basin.
  • A soil surfactant such as EZ Wet from Grow More aids or increases the percolation rate, preventing erosion and water runoff. The percolation or absorption rate of clay soils is slow when dry.
    • Therefore, depending on the slope, water rolls away quickly. EZ Wet reduces the surface tension of water, so it penetrates directly into the root zone, hydrating the plant more effectively. It's applied directly to the watering basin of trees and shrubs. Also, I'd spread a three-inch layer of mulch in the basin and extend it to the drip line of each tree for moisture retention.
  •  Cherry and plum trees are watered every three weeks, while the orange is watered more frequently. I'd hand water your trees to make every drop count and fill the basin several times as the mulch occupies the basin.
    • Other applications of EZ Wet are to mature containers of Japanese Maples, Citrus, Roses, Camellias, and other ornamental plants, as it prevents the water from rolling around the root ball and down and out the sides of the container. As these plants mature, they displace the soil and fill it with roots.
  •  Soil surfactants are not new as they have been around for decades. They were widely used in the previous droughts period. EZ
    • Wet should be applied every other month through November.  

Question:

Why is Epsom Salt suggested for Bell Peppers, and other plants? How does it help?

Answer:

  • Epsom Salts is a hydrated magnesium salt. Although not one of the primary nutrients for plant growth, Magnesium helps produce chlorophyll for dark green leaves and fruit production. Also, the cell walls of plants are strengthened, improving the plant's uptake of nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur. All plants, in varying degrees, require Magnesium.
    • Our soil has sufficient Magnesium for most plants, but Bell Peppers, tomatoes, and roses respond with additional amounts. For optimal growth, tomatoes and peppers need extra Magnesium as it makes available the other nutrients.
    • In addition, those plants growing in recycled soil would benefit. Epsom Salt is not a replacement for traditional fertilizer but a supplement.
  •  Besides dark green foliage with roses, Epsom Salts encourages new canes at the bottom of the plant. This is referred to as 'bottom or basal breaks.' These new basal shoots are important in compacting the plant and generating replacement canes for the older growth. With roses,
    • Epsom Salts is recommended once in the spring and again in the fall. Two tablespoons of Epsom Salt in one gallon of water is sufficient. Epsom Salts are also known as Magnesium Sulfate. It's inexpensive and readily available at your favorite garden center and other retailers.