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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Huge Benifits When Planting With Microrrhizal Fungi

Mycrorrhizal slides courtesy of Rootgrow
It will simply make the plant grow a lot better.
Apply it to the roots when planting and it will last forever in effect creating a working root structure phenomenally larger and significantly more effective than its own.
Endorsed by the RHS

  1. one treatment lasts for the entire lifetime of the plant (as the plant grows the fungal partner grows)
  2. easy to use (simply sprinkle in the bottom of the planting hole)
  3. earlier and better growth (in a matter of weeks, after planting, the mycorrhizal fungi can increase the active root area of plants by up to 700 times)
  4. better drought tolerance (due to the vast fungal root making best use of all available soil moisture)
  5. better uptake of fertilisers  (the network of mycorrhizal fungi act like a net catching nutrients and preventing leaching)
  6. increased uptake of sequestered elements (the ultra fine fungal strands can unlock nutrients from the soil)
  7. reduced mortality of plants, especially specimen plants and plants that are difficult to establish (the extended root system nourishes the plant from very early on in its life)
  8. helps prevent rose replant problems (the mycorrhizal fungi colonise weak or damaged  roots and start transferring nutrients and water to the rose much faster than its own roots) 
    Notes Courtesy of Rootgrow

Brief Explanation
The fungus provides a secondary root system, a system that is considerably more efficient and extensive than the plants own root system. These fungi are living organisms and will live with the plant, sourcing a continued nutrient supply for its entire lifetime.
The mycrorrihzal form a tree like structure of fine roots that you can not see but work to absorb efficiently all the nutrients required for growing.
In most soils there simply are not enough of native mycorrhizal fungi close to the new plants roots to colonise fast enough. Rootgrow contains a mixture of species of UK origin mycorrhizal fungi. These fungi are completely natural and are grown at the production facilities in Kent. rootgrowTM also contains an inert clay carrier which acts as a substrate for the fungi to grow through and a few bio-additives which enhance mycorrhizal colonisation.

How To Apply
To use this product sprinkle a good handful of the grains from the packet on the roots when planting. It needs to make contact with the existing fine roots. You only need to use it the once.

Products we stock
Rootgrow Professional
Rootgrow Ericoid (limefree)

Other rootgrow products all containing a mixture with mycorrhizal. Some containing benificial bacteria. Some with water retaining properties and feed.
Basket Starter
Tomarto Starter
Bulb Starter

After Plant Evergreen
After Plant Ericaceous
After Plant Tree and Shrub
After Plant Rose Food.

Fun Facts Courtesy Of Rootgrow who supply Microrrhysal Fungi 

Mycorrhizal fungi can increase the root capacity of a plant by up to 700 times in just a few months

The roots of a mature Beech tree laid out end to end would stretch for 5 miles, the mycorrhizal hyphae responsible for feeding that tree would stretch around the globe!

Hyphal network can be in excess of 100 metres of hyphae per cubic centimetre.

Glomalin, a sticky glue like substance exuded by the fungi is locking up one third of the worlds carbon underground. It also binds soil particles together that results in good soil structure.

Mycorrhizal fungi are used to treat tea plants grown on plantations in Kenya which ends up in some of our tea bags

Pine trees and conifers would not exist on Earth without the association with mycorrhizal fungi – imagine the Earth without forests!

Some of mycorrhizal fungi produce mushrooms used in cooking, including the Cep and Chanterelle, delicious! The largest single living organism on Earth (by area) is said to be an Armillaria fungi covering almost 2,200 acres in a forest in Oregon, North America – awesome! Humongus Fungus!

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