The jist on Mycorrhizae
WHAT IS IT?
Mycorrhizae are fungal organisms that live symbiotically with plants by attaching to their roots. Unlike other biological organisms, mycorrhizae do not live in the soil without a host. They must have a root zone to occupy in order to survive.
There are two primary different types of mycorrhizae: endomycorrhizae, which prefer leafy green annual hosts, and ectomychorrizae, which prefer conifers and woody plants.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
Mycorrhizae feed off the exudates of plant roots (sugars, basically). In return, the fungus makes water and non-soluble nutrients such as phosphorus readily available, which is a great benefit to your plants. It increases the surface area of its host’s root system, allowing better absorption of waterborne nutrients. Started soon enough, mycorrhizae will also compete with fungal blights for space.
HOW AND WHEN DO I USE IT?
It is imperative for survival that mycorrhizae come in direct contact with roots! These processes are known as “inoculation.” During transplanting, apply granular mycorrhizae generously to the root ball of the plant. For large, outdoor crops, we recommend 1/8lb – 1/4lb per plant. The soluble form of mycorrhizal powder can be applied anytime throughout plant life, but it is suggested to apply the powder early in August when plants start seeking phosphorus and water usage is at its highest.
Rick’s Monster Grow
Roots Oregonism XL
Xtreme Gardening Mykos Granular
Xtreme Gardening Mykos WP (wettable powder)