Tag Archive: mycorrhizae

  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 Growing Mix 4 Tech Talk – Updated

    Sunshine Advanced Growing Mix #4 - Tech Talk

    TECH TALK: SUNSHINE ADVANCED GROWING MIX #4

    For those growers who want to go deeper, who want to learn even more about our products and how to get the most out of them, we’ve developed a series of Tech Talk articles that delve into the nitty-gritty details of Growing Mix #4 and some of the frequently asked questions we get from growers.

    Sunshine Advanced Growing Mix 4 is meticulously formulated with earth-friendly ingredients from a company committed to sustainable practices to meet the needs of professionals. It’s so easy to use that even beginning gardeners can achieve success. Whether you’ve got tomatoes in containers on your deck or an entire herb garden indoors under lights, Sunshine Advanced will help you grow a bountiful harvest. It’s easy to use, advanced formulations are always consistent and take the guesswork out of growing.

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  3. Sunshine Advanced Growing Mix #4: How It’s Made

    Beginning with carefully selected ingredients and formulated by a team of professional horticulturists, the Sunshine Advanced Growing Mix #4 is made from high quality raw materials and provides an ideal growing mix for your indoor and outdoor growing needs.

    The foundation of the growing mix is Canadian Sphagnum peat moss, sustainably harvested from carefully managed bogs in rural Canada. The peat moss is screened to remove large clumps and sticks and is blended with horticultural grade perlite and coir (a by-product of the coconut industry). Peat moss reduces the leaching of nutrients from the growing mix allowing them to release slowly over time. Perlite keeps air spaces open while coir combined with peat allows good water retention. This provides a balance of air and water that results in good root growth and the foundation for good stem and flower growth. Dolomitic lime, a starter organic fertilizer, mycorrhizae and an organic wetting agent are added to complete the mix. Lime adjusts the pH for optimum fertilizer availability; the starter organic fertilizer helps transplants establish; mycorrhizae assists in fertilizer uptake and the organic wetting agent helps peat moss absorb water better. Read the full article »

  4. Sunshine Advanced Growing Mix #4: How It's Made

    Beginning with carefully selected ingredients and formulated by a team of professional horticulturists, the Sunshine Advanced Growing Mix #4 is made from high quality raw materials and provides an ideal growing mix for your indoor and outdoor growing needs.

    The foundation of the growing mix is Canadian Sphagnum peat moss, sustainably harvested from carefully managed bogs in rural Canada. The peat moss is screened to remove large clumps and sticks and is blended with horticultural grade perlite and coir (a by-product of the coconut industry). Peat moss reduces the leaching of nutrients from the growing mix allowing them to release slowly over time. Perlite keeps air spaces open while coir combined with peat allows good water retention. This provides a balance of air and water that results in good root growth and the foundation for good stem and flower growth. Dolomitic lime, a starter organic fertilizer, mycorrhizae and an organic wetting agent are added to complete the mix. Lime adjusts the pH for optimum fertilizer availability; the starter organic fertilizer helps transplants establish; mycorrhizae assists in fertilizer uptake and the organic wetting agent helps peat moss absorb water better. Read the full article »

  5. A Soilless Media That Is Complete From Day One

    Sunshine Advanced Rain Forest Blend vs Other Bark Based Grow Mixes

    Choosing a soilless media for your hydroponic garden can be a real challenge when there are just a few small differences from one brand to another. But when it comes to the end game of a healthy mature crop, these small differences can have a big impact on plant performance. It pays to note the details because in them lies the key to what’s best for your plants, their longevity, vigor and overall health. Read the full article »