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Epson salts

This is a discussion on Epson salts within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Considering giving my plants a dose , especially my 2 Paph Roths.What concentration do you ...

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    Considering giving my plants a dose , especially my 2 Paph Roths.What concentration do you use ?

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    Here is a link to an article that might be helpful. I don't use epsom salts myself, because my fertilizer has magnesium in it.

    http://www.clanorchids.com/ezine/page2.html

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    I've never used Epsom Salts either, but if I remember correctly, magnesium is included as a trace element in one of the fertilizers we use. But that's a good article, Kenner. Thanks for posting it.

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    Very good article.

    The different feeds i use do have Manganese listed as trace elements but only 1 lists it as .02%.
    I think a little Epsom salts added every now & again will be enough .
    (i do add about 10% fltered tap water to my rainwater)
    Thanks guys.

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    Is manganese the same as magnesium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cattlover
    Is manganese the same as magnesium?
    No.
    It depends.
    I think it,s a terminology problem.
    Magnesium is a light combustible metal.Manganese is far harder & tougher.
    I just think people(including me) just get the mixed up.

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    Easy to confuse the two... Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. Magnesium and Manganese are both metals (the first is an alkaline earth) but manganese is a lot more brittle and not nearly as reactive.

    (And that was our chemistry tidbit for this evening.... )

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