[Market-farming] Epsom salts for Melons?

Richard Moyer ramoyer at gmail.com
Wed Jun 3 09:05:23 EDT 2015

My certified organic inspector seeks documentation of mineral deficiency,
before allowing its application.  I agree it's a sound principle.

Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate.  Do your soil tests identify
deficiencies of either of these minerals?

(Certain corn growers in my area do include sulfur in their fertilizer mix,
per state ag recommendations for our soils.)

It's possible the foliar spray may make those minerals more available
during melon formation and ripening, even if present in sufficient amounts
in soil.

If you do use Epsom salts, please leave at least a few plants untreated,
please quantify any differences.  And let us know...

Glad you are asking about this!
Out to plant more peppers

Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2015 08:25:15 -0400
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Subject: [Market-farming] Espom salts on melons?
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Hi, Folks!

Since everyone seems to want to talk about something, I thought I'd toss a
question out here.

Saw in Nolte's Produce Supply catalog the notation that "spray your melons
with Epsom salts to make them sweeter."

Never done this - I've added Epsom salts to the planting hole for peppers
and tomatoes and seen a real improvement in fruiting, but hadn't heard about
this for melons.

Do people do this?  In the planting hole and/or foliar feeding when the
melons are about ripe?

Discuss and thanks for your input!


Dorene Pasekoff

Hill Creek Farm

75 Creamery Road

Pottstown, PA 19465


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