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Plants grown in most commercial nurseries are grown in relatively sterile growing media and receive intensive nutrition, irrigation and pesticide applications. When they are transplanted into natural soil they are poorly prepared to forage for nutrients and water.

Inoculating plants with mycorrhizae massively extends the root system increasing its ability to access nutrients and water.

Many growers now find that they can substantially reduce the direct costs of fertiliser, water and pesticides, by using mycorrhizae to enhance their plants ability to utilise these components and to defend themselves.  



Plant on the left inoculated with Symbio Mycorrhizal Transplanter
and grown with 50% less Osmacote than plant on the right

For some highly mycorrhizal plants it is possible to halve fertiliser inputs and double growth rates by giving them the mycorrhizal advantage.

Inoculation is very easy and if done at the cutting or seed stage costs fractions of a penny per plant. You can inoculate any size of plant by spraying or dusting the roots, drenching containerised plants or incorporating the mycorrhizal spores into growing media. Horticulture and Landscape Page

 

The advantages of landscaping with mycorrhizae

Natural soil ecosystems are teeming with an immense variety of microbial and animal life creating amazing plant productivity without irrigation, fertiliser and pesticides. Contrast this to the dead soil often found in landscaping, erosion control and urban building sites and it is no wonder that plants intensively grown in plant nurseries die or take a year or two before they start to grow.

Many landscape architects and contractors have found the most cost efficient way to protect plants transplanted into harsh conditions is to inoculate them with mycorrhizal fungi. Mycorrhizal fungi can be sprayed or dusted onto the root balls of containerised plants with Symbio Mycorrhizal Transplanter or Liquid Mycorrhizae. When planting bare root whips Symbio’s Mycorrhizal Whip Dip forms a paste with water retaining polymers so you simply dip the bare roots into the paste before planting.

Transplant losses and site management may be substantially reduced and trees start to grow in the first season giving your project a mature look much more quickly than expected.  Pictures of test site with caption “Plot 5 inoculated with Symbio Mycorrhizae shows healthy plants with the mycorrhizal advantage”


Plot 5 inoculated with Symbio Mycorrhizae shows healthy plants
with the mycorrhizal advantage


Symbio’s mycorrhizal inoculants have been specified with great success for many major landscaping projects with the M62 corridor, Croydon Tramway, A34 Newbury Bypass and the Olympic Stadium to our credit.

Specification clauses for landscape architects may be downloaded here.

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