Before I talk about which Mycorrhizae I think is the best for plant growth, I want to go over briefly about what Mycorrhizae even is.
Mycorrhizae or mycorrhizal fungi are a type of fungi that began a powerful, symbiotic relationship with true plants nearly half a billion years ago.
These fungi grow on the roots of the plants and help draw nutrients from the soil or whatever growth medium the plant happens to be planted on.
Fungi absorb and utilize nutrients through a network of fine filaments called hyphae, which quickly grow and thrive once fungi attaches itself to plant roots.
It is estimated that one plant growing in a regular one-liter pot of soil can have a total of one kilometer of fungi hyphae assisting it.
While plant roots are definitely capable of drawing its own nutrients, fungal hyphae can dig deep in the smallest pores of soil or grow media, thereby maximizing nutrient absorption on a daily basis.
Better nutrient absorption will result in improved growth of the plant, and also helps guard the plant from infection from common plant pathogens.
Mycorrhizae will continue to be an important factor in the success of hydroponics setups because these fungi directly influence how well the root systems of hydroponics plants will perform in any setup or condition.
Hydroponics crops are sometimes susceptible to pathogens, and applying mycorrhizae formulations (either in fine powder or liquid forms) can definitely help reduce the incidence of root rot and other associated plant conditions.
As you may already know, the germination phase is so important for hydroponics systems because it will determine if the crops will survive in the system or not.Great White Mycorrhizae really ups the ante in providing the most number of beneficial mycorrhizal fungi, with 16 of these to boot, 14 species of beneficial and plant-loving bacteria, and two species of trichoderma.
Obviously if you are going to purchase these separately, you may be looking at triple or even quadruple the cost and that just won’t do, because after the initial application, it is recommended that you apply mycorrhizae after flushing the system, too, to ensure optimum growth throughout the growing season.
Great White Mycorrhizae is a cutting edge formulation that encourages plant roots to form strongly with the direct help of the fungi that grow almost immediately once applied to the grow medium.
The formulation is in light powder form, which allows the hydroponics grower to deliver the fungi to the plant roots directly, causing fast and robust germination.
Once the Great White Mycorrhizae is successful in colonizing the roots of the crops, the hydroponics grower can definitely watch out for the following effects:
– Better and more robust flowering
– Explosive and sustained growth of the root mat
– More numerous and better-tasting fruit
– Thick and healthy foliage
– Increased resistance to common plant pathogens, especially those that affect the roots of plants
– Highly efficient absorption and uptake of water and nutrients
In a more natural setting, the uptake of water and nutrients varies from place to place, and season by season. This is just how nature intended it to be – some plants make it, others don’t.
In a hydroponics setup, there is absolutely no reason for the grower to not take advantage of natural crop boosting using naturally-occurring fungi and beneficial bacteria.
Why leave things to chance when you can deliver what your crops need in a more effective manner?
This is the main advantage of using products like the Great White Mycorrhizae – we leave nothing to chance and we approach hydroponics in a very scientific and precise manner.
This product can be used in plants in various phases of development and transplantation, including seeds, seedlings, and cuttings.
The product is compatible with most hydroponic grow media, including coconut coir. Do you have a conventional soil garden and would like to find out how you can increase the yield of your soil setup?
Use mycorrhizae in your conventional garden too, and see the difference. Yes – this product will work well on soil because fungi evolved to germinate and live closely with the roots of plants for half a billion years now.
If you are already using Great White Mycorrhizae, you may also want to invest in Orca Mycorrhizae, which is considered a class of its own in delivering a powerful boost to hydroponics and conventional soil setups.
The key difference between these two products is that Plant Revolution Orca Mycorrhizae is in addition to the strains of powerful fungi necessary for healthy root expansion, it also contains a total of fourteen strains of beneficial bacteria.Orca Mycorrhizae is considered as a beneficial bacteria inoculant to given plants a strong start.
The formulation is not in powder form – it is in a highly concentrated liquid form so you can cleanly apply it to your hydroponics setup and get great results every time.
To use, simply apply one to two drops directly onto the seeds. This will allow the mycorrhizae and beneficial bacterial load to colonize the immediate space.
For cutting, simply soak the starter cubes in Orca Mycorrhizae. Apply 1-3 ml for every gallon of water to create a potent solution – and you just need to soak the starter cubes for just sixty minutes. This formulation can also be used in pre-soaking.
As for boosting the beneficial bacterial count of your hydroponics system and maintaining it after flushing, be sure to apply 5 ml per 35 liters of water to your system.
This formulation contains four major strains of mycorrhizae – Glomus intraradices, Glomus mosseae, Glomus etuicatum, and Glomus aggregatum.
The benefits of using beneficial bacteria on hydroponics systems are numerous, including: fixing nitrogen for better uptake and utilization, strengthening and improving the roots, increasing root mat size, helping germinate the mycorrhizae in the roots, enhancing the success rate of cloning attempts, and increasing the effectiveness of foliar sprays.
Once mycorrhizal fungi is established in the root system of crops, you can expect the following advantages:
– Strong and healthy plants that will resist pathogens and other conditions more successfully than crops that are left to develop the fungi on their own.
– Increase the chances of survival of cuttings and seedlings, especially during transplantation. Transplantation shock is a huge problem for hydroponics growers and using mycorrhizae is one of the simplest ways to reduce the incidence of it.
– If your hydroponics setup often suffers from poor harvest, adding mycorrhizae to the equation just might solve that. While mycorrhizae are definitely not a cure-all nor a remedy to any plant disease, think of it as a way to improve the nutrient uptake system of your plants naturally.
– It might help you save in the long term with fertilizers. Since the nutrient uptake is directly influenced by the germination of mycorrhizae, your crops will experience a significant boost in the absorption of vital nutrients like phosphorous.