Orchard Planting Secrets – Mycorrhizae
Discover the power of Mycorrhize
Mycorrhizae are fungi that establish a graceful, symbiotic relationship with the roots of most plants. Mycorrhizal fungi colonize the plant’s root system and develop a symbiotic association called “mycorrhiza” They form a network of fine filaments that associate with plant roots and draw nutrients and water from the soil.
We now know that 90% of all land plants and probably more, form these relationships. Mycorrhizae directly influence plant nutrition, community structure and nutrient cycling. The fungus receives sugars from the plant and in exchange the plant receives certain nutrients, water and protection against pathogens.
At our orchard and food forest projects we use MycroGrow designed by Paul Stamets and distributed by his company Fungi.com MycoGrow™ Soluble contains 19 species of endo- and ectomycorrhizal fungi, a select blend of beneficial bacteria, 2 disease suppression organisms along with soluble kelp, humic acids and vitamin B1
Benefits of Mycorrhizae
The expected benefits of Mycorrhize include
- Enhanced water and nutrient uptake.
- Reduction of irrigation requirements.
- Reduction need for fertilizer.
- Increased drought resistance.
- Increased pathogen resistance.
- Increased plant health and stress tolerance.
- Higher transplanting success.
How to use Mycorrhizae
To use sprinkle a level scoop of Mycorrhizae directly on the roots of the 3 plants when transplanting.