What if you could significantly increase the amount of nutrients in the soil that your roots can access? What if you could greatly increase the area that your roots can receive expanded nutritional benefit from?
Hold that thought, and now consider this- in one cubic centimetre of soil, there can be as much as 100 meters of mycorrhizal fungi. And now for the important fact- there are some types of mycorrhizal fungi that will enter into a symbiotic relationship with your plants, and potentially deliver the benefits indicated above.
But before we go there, let’s get some terminology down. The term ‘mycorrhiza’ does not mean ‘fungi’. Rather, it references the symbiotic relationship, or mutually beneficial relationship (think good ol’ give & take) between fungi and roots. The plural of mycorrhiza is mycorrhizae, while mycorrhizal fungi is the term used to describe the type of mutually beneficial fungi that interact with your plant roots.
There are are two main mycorrhizae- endomycorrhizal fungi, which we are interested in and ectomycorrhizal fungi, which colonize the roots of some trees. Endomycorrhizal fungal hyphae- exceedingly thin fungi strands- enter the cells of the roots to exchange nutrients there. Of the endo variety, only two interact with your plants- Glomus Intaradices and to a lesser extent, Glomus Mosseae. Often you will find Intaradices as a stand alone product in the marketplace, as it is the main colonizer of most plants.
Choose a product that has as high a spore/propagule count per gram as possible. This will maximize your chances of colonizing the roots of your plants. If you look at many of the mycorrhizal products available, you will find on the label their spore count- usually stated in spores or propagules per gram. Some are as low as 100 spores per gram. We have sourced the most concentrated product we can find, which comes in at 8,000 spores per gram.
Please note that we have switched over our myco product to the organic version, hence why it appears black, as opposed to the white material we had previously. It is the same myco product, however the carrier is now a fine peat- hence the dark colour- in order to insure it could achieve organic use.
The best way to colonize the roots is to apply the spores, in a powder form, to your seed at planting time. Other than this, apply the powder directly to the plant roots when transplanting.