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Ask-a-Grower #111

What are mycorrhizal fungi?

Mycorrhizal fungi are tiny, organisms that attach themselves to plant roots and aid the plants in a number of ways, but especially in nutrient absorption. In a new study out of the University of California at Riverside researchers found that plants dosed with mycorrhizal fungi were larger, contained more nitrogen(N) and phosphorus(P) and leached less N and P than plants not inoculated with the fungi. The fungi performs like a second set of roots for your plants. Gardens with well established mycorrhizal fungal root system are better able to survive droughts and transplant shock.

One of the best things about mycorrhizal fungi is the effect they have on plants grown in non-native conditions. Mycorrhizal fungi boost a plant’s immune system, making them resistant to soil-borne pathogens. Considering price and effectiveness, purchasing mychorrhizal fungi is one of the best things you can add to your garden.

Here at San Diego Hydroponics we have a complete line of mycorrhizal fungi. We recommend the any plant success product. They seem to have a product for every type of garden.

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