Mycorrhizal fungi are organisms that benefit plants in so many ways. In effect, 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. In exchange the plant provides carbon and sugars to the fungi. Mycorrhizal fungi increase the surface-absorbing area of the roots, greatly improving the ability of plants to grow, fruit and flower by forming an intricate web that captures and assimilates nutrients and water for the plant.
Working together, beneficial bacteria, mycorrhizal and trichoderma fungi expand into the surrounding medium to greatly increase the roots’ ability to absorb and recycle water and nutrients, improving transplant success, flowering and overall growth of the plant. The goal is to create physical contact between the roots and the inoculants.
Mycorrhizal products can be banded under seed, worked into seed beds, placed under cuttings, blended into potting soil, or sprinkled near roots at transplant time.