How Mycorrhizal Fungi Works
Alpha Thrive products include our special blend of Mycorrhizal Fungi. Mycorrhizal fungi work by attaching themselves to the root of your plant. This extends the root system further into the ground, letting your plant get more water and nutrients, and from farther away. The end result is that your plants have more of what they need to stay strong and healthy- and because they’re healthier, are more tolerant to adverse weather conditions like drought, excessive heat, or high winds.
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View this video from our friends at Mycorrhizal Applications and learn how it works!
Isn’t mycorrhizal fungi already in the soil?
Mycorrhizal fungi exists in soil that hasn’t been tampered with. That means if the soil has been tilled, topsoil has been removed, erosion has occured, or the soil has been fumigated, then some of the mycorrhizae has been stripped.
Artificial landscapes affect the mycorrhizal relationship in two fundamental ways. First, they isolate the plant from beneficial mycorrhizal fungi available in natural settings. Secondly, they increase plant stress and the need for water, nutrients, and soil structure mediated by their below-ground “partners.”
So, to help restore the natural eco-system of the soil, we’re helping to put back what was there in the first place.
View this video from our friends at Mycorrhizal Apps and learn how to get nutrients back in your soil!
How is mycorrhizal fungi beneficial?
Mycorrhizal fungi populate the area around a plant’s roots and form very thin filaments, adding to the length and efficiency of a plant’s roots. It’s actually like having a second set of roots for the plants. Plants, trees, and shrubs with a well established root system are better able to survive things like droughts and transplant shock. They also absorb more nutrients from the soil.
Plants with mycorrhizal fungi can survive better in their non-native environments. Mycorrhizal fungi boost a plant’s immune system, making them resistant to soil-borne pathogens. On top of it all, they help keep those pesky parasitic nematodes away.