This post is about the benefits of using mycorrhizal fungi to grow
better, tastier, healthier and more nutritious fruits and vegetables.
I've seen a lot bullsh*t about the topic and i want to clear a few
For a start, the main type of mycorrhiza to use is endo-mycorrhiza.
There are people misinforming the public about ecto-mycorrhizae being
beneficial (which it is if you're growing pine trees that is) but for
the most part it doesn't do much to the plant.
Endo-mycorrhiza is extremely beneficial: it stimulates and increases
root growth by up to 400%, and makes all nutrients available to the
plant through a symbiotic relationship. In simple terms, mycorrhiza
grows on the roots, and searches for nutrients and minerals in the
soils microscopically where the plant can't go, and then feeds it to
the plant in exchange for carbon sugars.
Mycorrhiza has helped grow the World's Largest Vegetable ever! (google
Joe Jutras - 1689lbs for details)
Hundreds of studies are available on the advantages of using
mycorrhizae. For example, mycorrhiza increases levels of vitamin C in
citrus fruits, or lycopene in tomatoes (search wikipedia for lycopene)
I've used mycorrhiza for years, and my tomatoes, lettuce, eggplants,
carrots and potatoes, etc have always been full of flavour, and
nutritious. What's more, using mycorrhiza is ORGANIC (as long as you
use compost and other organic nutrients with it obviously)
Best place to find mycorrhiza is online. Stores do carry it, but like i
said above, there are people and or companies misinforming the public,
so products that claim to contain mycorrhiza only have the ecto. I get
mine from RTI, a small company that needs a bit of work, but has good
quality stuff (i've sent a sample to a lab to test for spore count->
3150 spores per 50ml. it cost me about 20quid) and they've the highest
spore count so far. (if anyone knows another product with higher spore
count please let me know)
anyway, their site is http://tinyurl.com/prqz2m a little confusing to
navigate through, but there is good info there. also, they don't sell
smaller quantities online (stupid, i know!) but if you email or call,
they're pretty helpful.
I'm gonna keep checking this for a couple of weeks if anyone posts any