Friday, April 18, 2014

Beneficial Microrganisms


A teaspoon of healthy soil contains millions of beneficial microorganisms


We ingest probiotics, like yogurt, to keep bad bacteria from colonizing our bodies; why wouldn't it be the same for the plant kingdom?! Bad bacteria and spores can make you sick! Bad bacteria and spores can also make plants sick! Some bacteria are so sophisticated that they can render plants zombies in order to carry out their infectious ways; however, we can prevent these kinds of infections in plants by applying the same concept as taking probiotics for human health. Plants utilize beneficial aspects of microorganisms (Mycorrhiza, bacteria, and insects) just like us. 'Rhizosphere bacteria may improve the uptake of nutrients to plants and/or produce plant growth promoting compounds.They also protect plant root surfaces from colonization by pathogenic microbes through direct competitive effects and production of antimicrobial agents.'

Contemporary research shows that inoculating plants and soil with beneficial Mykos and bacteria has a tremendous impact on plant health and vigor! Studies are also substantiating the amazing symbiotic relationships micro-organisms and plants share in order to benefit each other in nature. The horticulture world calls this the soil food web. I can speak from experience; Since inoculating my soil based plants with Mycorrhiza and Beneficial bacteria, my plants are much healthier, vigorous, and productive. ~Ed Hydroharbor/Home grown Hydropoincs

A couple of products we carry that are great root inoculates:


Roots Organics-Oregonism XL
Roots Organics Oregonism XL is a distinctive super-soluble formulation of endo/ecto-mycorrhizae, beneficial bacteria, and Trichoderma. The species of microorganisms in our product are specifically selected for fruiting and flowering plants with a tolerance to heavy fertilizing. Mycorrhizae colonize the root zone, forming a symbiosis with the plant’s roots, massively increasing the size and effective surface area, facilitating greater nutrient uptake, resistance to disease, and increased tolerance to drought. The beneficial bacteria and Trichoderma in this unique product also produce plant and root growth promoting compounds and protect against pathogens. Oregonism XL is incredibly versatile and effective in potting soil and hydroponics.

General Hydroponics Subculture M and B
General Hydroponics has developed two cutting edge root innoculants, SubCulture-M and SubCulutre-B. SubCulture-M is a blend of mycorrhiza that is dusted on roots during transplant. SubCulture-B is a blend of cultured bacteria that can be used in hydroponic reservoirs and in soils. Both products allow your plants to develop a symbiotic relationship with the media and nutrients, and serve to increase your plants immunity to disease and also will promote huge increase in yields.
Extreme Gardening-Azos

Extreme Gardening-Mykos

Extreme gardening separates their Mycorrhiza and Bacteria for soil based applications.


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