Tag Archive: ectomycorrhizae

  1. Mycorrhizae and Sunshine Advanced Grow Mixes

    WHAT ARE MYCORRHIZAE?

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    Mycorrhizal root tips (image by Thergathon)

    Mycorrhizae (pronounced My-cor-rye-zay) are fungi that form mutually beneficial relationships with the roots of certain plants. These fungi have mycelium that either grow either inside of a plant’s roots (Endomycorrhizae) or attach to root surfaces (Ectomycorrhizae). Both the fungi and plants benefit. The fungi benefits from the plant’s food and nutrients, and the fungi send out their hyphae (like small roots) out into the surrounding soil to absorb additional nutrients and water, which benefits the plants.

    So, mycorrhizae actually enhance a plant’s ability to take up nutrients and water. Because of this, research has shown that the presence of mycorrhizae helps plants better withstand drought and some diseases. Approximately 95% of the world’s plants have some form of mycorrhizal dependence. As far as growing is concerned, in many cases, increased root and top growth occurs when plants are treated with mycorrhizae. These benefits are not always evident, especially on short term crops, unless the crop is stressed or planted into a landscape where water and nutrients are less available.

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  2. Sunshine Advanced Ultra Coir Tech Talk – Updated

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    TECH TALK: ULTRA COIR PREMIUM COCONUT COIR BLEND

    For growers who want to learn and get the most out of SSA products, we’ve developed a series of Tech Talk articles. These articles cover the details of each blend as well as FAQs we get from growers. Don’t see your question answered here? Feel free to ask our experts any question you may have in the comments section below. Enjoy!

    PRODUCT PURPOSE
    Sunshine Advanced Ultra Coir was designed specifically for growing indoor and outdoor foliage crops, vegetables, herbs and other consumable crops. Highly recommended for indoor use with crops that need a lot of water, although close monitoring of water retention is important to make sure they do not get too much water. If using outdoors, containers need to be heavy so that they will not blow over in windy situations.

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