Have got a couple of packets to try. Its organic, a live culture of
harmless bacteria. You coat the seeds with this powder prior to
planting. What it claims to do, is fix the nitrogen in the plant to
produce better and bigger pods. Has anyone used this before and with
Up in the far north, we need all the help we can get!
It sounds like it is rhizobia which is the nitrogen fixing bacteria that
grows on the root nodules of legumes. If that is the case it is fairly
common practice to inoculate legumes in this way and it does improve the
nitrogen fixing capacity of the plant and hence its growth.
No, it is applied in only small amounts and provides the bacteria for the
root nodules not a direct nutrient, if you haven't grown lugumes in that
spot it might be absent from the soil. The growing symbiotic bacteria then
does the nitrogen fixing which enriches the soil.
I use this every year with my beans, peas, etc.
In tests, it increases yield by 30% over using untreated seeds.
One warning is that they are bacteria and are subject to dying. While
it takes only a small amount to treat your beans, I keep mine in the
fridge when not using and I replace it EVERY year.
Pinetree Gardens in New England sells it in small packages as does
Bountiful Gardens in Willits California.
Every commercial farmer who grows legumes knows to inoculate the seeds
for maximum yield. I only have very limited room and always throw a
bunch away but it is still worth it to me. My pole beans produce and
produce. Rattlesnake green beans (from Pinetree for warm climates
produced so many in six cat litter buckets filled with potting soil
that I was able to can 16 pints of green beans over what my wife and I
were able to eat.
Definitely worth the $3.50 or so I spent for the inoculant.
Just my experience.
Jim in So Calif
How would you know that the inoculation of rhizobia works? Rhizobia
exists naturally in the soil. An inoculation speeds things up the first
time, but once you have grown legumes, the population of rhizobia in the
soil is much higher. It seems like throwing good money away.
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