Mycorrhizae Home Garden Use
For small commercial farms and home gardeners to add mycorrhizae to their crops we recommend either our Endomycorrhizal Inoculant (regular or micronized) and our MycoMinerals, All In One Garden Fertilizer.
● Boosts plant and tree health through a stronger root system.
● Improves quality of soil.
● Requires less fertilizer and water.
● Lowers maintenance costs.
● Increases tolerance to environmental stresses.
● Protects roots from soil toxins, pathogens and disease.
● Creates a healthy environment, increasing the number of beneficial organisms.
● This is a general-purpose inoculant for all Endo-dependent plants, including most vegetables, grapes, fruit trees, berries, turfgrass, and flowers. It can be dusted on transplant roots, blended into potting soils, worked into soil before seeding, or scattered on lawns and flower beds.
● Our Micronized (BEIM) product can be used to coat damp crop seeds or can be mixed into water and conveniently applied as a drench to large areas of turfgrass, golf course greens, nursery seedlings, commercial vegetable crops,orbedding plants. It can also be blended into hydroseeding mixtures.
● Requires only a teaspoon of the inoculant scattered in the planting hole, for most landscape tree and shrub plantings.
● Designed to be lightly blended into the soil surrounding plants – however far their roots extend – although it can scattered in just the planting holes for larger transplants.
● Adding compost to the soil and/or covering soil with natural-material mulches whenever possible is suggested. Additional fertilizing is usually not necessary, but small amounts of dry organics (pelleted fish, feather meal, etc.) can be used if desired.
● And, be patient! This method is powerful, but will not show results overnight like chemical “plant foods.” The MycoMinerals™ material is non-toxic and gentle to plants, so somewhat larger applications will not be harmful. Re-apply annually for best results.
● A 1.5 lb. jar will contain about 200 teaspoonfuls. For garden row crops, such as corn or beans, apply 1 teaspoon per linear foot and work into top 2-4 inches of soil before seeding, or work a half-teaspoon of inoculant into soil under larger seeds, such as melons or squash.
● Dust a half teaspoon on transplants such as tomatoes, peppers, or bedding flowers.
● For maximum benefits, use only lower-analysis gradual release fertilizers, preferably organic.
● Fast-acting, high-analysis fertilizers may harm the mycorrhizal fungi.
● Avoid use of soil-drench or systemic fungicides.
The Vegetable Garden
● For larger gardens, work MycoMinerals™ into top 4-6 inches of soil at a minimum rate of 1 lb. per 50 square feet. Then, plant or seed as usual. See general advice about compost, mulches, and fertilizers. For individual larger plants (tomatoes, melons, squash, grapevines, etc.), scatter one-half cup of MycoMinerals™ in 2-foot circle and work into soil before transplanting.
Flower Beds (annuals, perennials, seeds)
● NEW: Scatter 1-2 lbs. of MycoMinerals™ per 50 square feet and work into top 4-6 inches of soil before planting.
● EXISTING: Scatter MycoMinerals very lightly around plants and immediately scratch into top 1-3 inches of soil (the mycorrhizal fungi spores can be damaged by UV rays). Follow with a good watering.
Larger Ornamentals (roses, marigolds, daisies, zinnias, asters, etc.)
● NEW : Scatter one-half cup of MycoMinerals™ in a 2-foot circle and work into top 4-6 inches of soil before planting.
● EXISTING: Scatter the same amount around the plant, then scratch into top 1-3 inches of soil to avoid disturbing roots. Follow with watering.
Container Plants (outdoor or indoor, including bonsai)
● NEW: Blend MycoMinerals™ into potting soil at rate of 1 cup per 1 cubic foot.
● EXISTING: Either repot and use blended potting soil in new pot as much as possible, or scratch MycoMinerals™ into top 1-3 inches of soil and follow with watering. For latter approach, application amount will vary according to size of pot – from a teaspoon for smallest pots to a half-cup or more for larger ones.
Fall Bulbs (daffodils, tulips, etc.)
● Just as for your vegetable garden, work MycoMinerals™ into top 4-6 inches of soil at a minimum rate of 1 lb. per 50 square feet. Then, plant bulbs as usual. If planting in spot areas of the garden, a teaspoon of MycoMinerals™ at the bottom of each hole could also be done.