Tiny root hairs give the Mycorrhizae sugars, created through photosynthesis, in exchange for water, hormones and mineral elements found in the soil. This is how plants absorb soil nutrients! Without these critical elements, plants fail to thrive and become susceptible to pests and diseases. Plants that host Mycorrhizae have access to 50-100 times the nutrients than plants without.
There are two types of Mycorrhizae. Those that live on members of the birch, willow, beech, oak and pine families. These Ecto-Mycorrhizae live outside of and in-between the young cells of a root system. Edno-Mycorrhizae “infect” nearly 80% of all plant species by actually living within the plant cells!
Mycorrhizae provide far more than a simple trade agreement with your plants. They also:
You can inoculate your soil with store bought Mycorrhizae, but the conditions of temperature, moisture, and soil must be correct for them, and your plants, to thrive, or they will simply die off and be a waste of money. Learn more about Mycorrhizae here.
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