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What is Mycorrhizal Fungi?

7/11/2012 11:38:27 PM

Tags: mike lieberman, urban gardening, Mike Lieberman

You’ve seen me mention Thrive, a sponsor, before and asked me about their line of products. Thrive is a liquid mycorrhizal fungi for your garden. 

The analogy that I like to use is that it’s a probiotic for your plants. It helps to set them up with a healthy root system, so they can better absorb nutrients.Before I get into more detail about mycorasdfajfla (because I know that’s how you are pronouncing it), let’s learn how to say it.

Here is the phonetic pronunciation: mahy-kuh-rahy-zuhl 

Much better. Let’s move on.

What is Mycorrhizal Fungi?

I asked Heather, the Marketing and Customer Service Specialist over at Thrive, a few questions and here’s what she said about mycorrhizal fungi. Mycorrhizal fungi is an all-natural, beneficial fungus in the soil.It provides the necessary nutrient channels to a plant and it’s roots. 

What’s the benefit of using mycorrhizal fungi in your garden?

Elongates, strengthens root systems and makes them more drought resistant. With a liquid application, you can use it throughout the lifetime of the plant, versus most dry versions that you can only apply when you plant or re-plant vegetation. Mych needs to reach the root system, so if it is in a liquid formula, you can apply it at any time versus only at planting/repotting. 

Mychorrizal fungi are not really fertilizers, but root stimulators and soil conditioners, helping your plants overall health. It is safe to use with a fertilizer or plant food that you currently use. 

When is the best time to use it?

During the growth season. But it can be used all year around and will only help your plants and vegetation. 

Can it be used on seedlings?

Yes – it is great on seedlings. (Check out Thrive's weekly drawing for a free kit with ElDorado Heirloom Seeds for a chance to get some seeds!)  

Want to learn more about mycorrhizal fungi? Then check out this article from Thrive about how mycorrhizal fungi works. 

Don’t forget it’s: mahy-kuh-rahy-zuhl 

Special offer: Thrive is offering free shipping on all orders and also offering free samples, go their site and take advantage of the offer. Then head over to their Facebook page, tell them that I sent you and thank them for the samples!

Photos by Thrive




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