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rosa18
Bartlett, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 19, 2007
3:19 PM

Post #4209822

Hello Paul,

In early fall I had a soil test done. I live in zone 5a Chicago suburbs. My Magnesium levels we're off the charts. I grow 55 roses, all flowered and look well, but I would like to try and correct the magnesium levels. Will sulfur do the trick?
Thanks for any help
Jill

paulgrow

paulgrow
Allen Park, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 19, 2007
6:26 PM

Post #4210500

I'm not sure, what was the pH on your test?

Adding sulfur will make it more acidic.
rosa18
Bartlett, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 20, 2007
2:17 PM

Post #4213319

My ph was 7.2- Also our water is softened, do you think this add's to the high magnesium levels?
Jill

paulgrow

paulgrow
Allen Park, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 20, 2007
4:30 PM

Post #4213812

You're just slightly on the alkaline side, how you adjust the pH will depend on what you want to grow. A little sulfur wouldn't hurt if you're growing roses.

I'm going to do some more checking on the magnesium levels and see if I can find out if they'll disapate on their own.
I'll let you know. BTW did you add epsom salts?

Paul
rosa18
Bartlett, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 24, 2007
1:57 PM

Post #4224649

No, I didn't add any epsom salt, that is why it is so puzzling to me. I know you shouldn't water with softened water, but the bypass is so hard to turn on the softener, so if my husband isn't home to adjust it for me, I just go ahead and water.
I tried to find information on watering with softened water and the effects but I didn't have much luck. Someone advised growing a cover crop to leach out the magnesium, but that would be a big mess in my mind.
Thanks for your help.

paulgrow

paulgrow
Allen Park, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 24, 2007
2:00 PM

Post #4224656

IWe don't need a water softener but I would think that softened water it would be high in sodium not magnesium.
I'm, still checking into this.

Paul

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