An organic fungi of UK origin which helps establish the healthy growth of roots on a newly planted tree or shrub. Use dry granules directly onto roots for container grown and rootballed plants or as a root dip for bare root plants. One treatment lasts forever. Easy to use when planting. Transplanting success rates will increase and the plants immediately develop better root systems able to take up more nutrients and with increased drought tolerance. 1 kg will of Rootgrow will do about 250 bare root plants up to 120cm tall or about 60 2 or 3 litre pots. As a general rule allow 5g per bare root plant up to 120cm. With container plants allow 2g per litre of pot or rootball. For our container trees at 175-200cm allow 50g and the large 12-14cm girth trees allow 150g per tree. N.B. Rootgrow will not work on ericaceous species such as rhododendrons heathers and brassicas.
What are Mycorrhizal Fungi?
Mycorrhizal fungi are a remarkable group of organisms that have been benefiting plants for at least 500 million years.
At the dawn of time when plants were just beginning to colonise our planet mycorrhizal fungi were there living in a symbiotic relationship with plants enabling them to extract nutrients and hold onto water in very difficult soil conditions.
In effect, the fungus provides a secondary root system, a system that is considerably more efficient and extensive than the plants own root system.
These fungi are living organisms and will live with the plant, sourcing a continued nutrient supply for its entire lifetime – a truly sustainable plant nutrition solution. In exchange the plant provides carbon and sugars to the fungi. Not unsurprisingly, 90% of all land plants employ this relationship to enhance their own root system’s capacity to deliver nutrients.
What is rootgrow™ Rootgrow
contains a mixture of species of UK origin mycorrhizal fungi. These fungi are completely natural and are grown at our production facilities in Kent. Rootgrow also contains an inert clay carrier which acts as a substrate for the fungi to grow through and a few bio-additives which enhance mycorrhizal colonisation.
Why do I need rootgrow™?
All plant roots in all soils have a relationship with a staggering array of microorganisms, one of the most important families of these microorganism are the mycorrhizal fungi.
Most gardeners buy or raise plants in sterile composts where the plants have easy access to the essential nutrients, however a soon as they are planted into soil, the root environment changes radically which can lead to plant failure and poor growth.
In most soils there simply are not enough of the right type of native mycorrhizal fungi close enough to the new plants roots to colonise fast enough to show the incredible range of benefits complete colonisation of a host plants roots can achieve.
This is why it is so important to use rootgrow, just 1 teaspoon can contain up to 5000 pieces of fungi all ready to explode into growth, colonising every millimetre of a plants roots in a matter of days.
A new plant with a fully functioning mycorrhizal root will have the best chance of becoming the rewarding plant gardeners so passionately want to thrive in their gardens.
The benefits of rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi
- one treatment lasts forever (as the plant grows the fungal partner grows)
- easy to use (simply sprinkle in the bottom of the planting hole)
- earlier and better growth (in 2-4 weeks after planting the mycorrhizal fungi can increase the active root area of plants by up to 700 times)
- better drought tolerance (due to the vast fungal root making best use of all available soil moisture)
- better uptake of fertilisers when applied after planting (the network of mycorrhizal fungi act like a net catching nutrients and preventing leaching, especially with natural fertilisers)
- increased uptake of obscure trace elements (the ultra fine fungal strands can unlock nutrients from the soil)
- reduced mortality of plants especially specimen plants and plants that are difficult to establish (the extended root system nourishes the plant from very early on in its life)
- helps prevent rose replant problems (the mycorrhizal fungi colonise weak or damaged roots and start transferring nutrients and water to the rose much faster than its own roots)
(In summary the benefits include)
- Better and more balanced growth
- Healthier and more dense root system with hugely increased ability to exchange nutrients from the soil
- More abundant flowers and fruit
- Reduced need for synthetic or chemical fertilisers
- Higher resistance to drought
- Reduced stress during transplanting
- Stabilization of surface
- Improved resistance to soil pathogenes and environmental stress
Did You Know?
- Rootgrow can increase the root capacity of a plant by up to 700 times in just a few months
- The roots of a mature Beech tree laid out end to end would stretch for 5 miles, the mycorrhizal hyphae (rootgrow root) responsible for feeding that tree would stretch around the globe!
- 20m of fungal hyphae have been found in just one sugar cube size piece of soil
- Glomalin, a sticky glue like substance, is exuded by the fungi and is locking up one third of the worlds carbon underground. It also binds soil particles together which builds good structure.
- Mycorrhizal fungi is used to treat tea plants grown on plantations in Kenya which ends up in some of our tea bags
- Pine trees and conifers would not exist on earth without the association with mycorrhizal fungi – imagine the earth without forests!
- Some rootgrow fungi produce mushrooms used in cooking, including the Cep and Chanterelle, delicious!
- The largest single living organism on earth (by area) is said to be an Armillaria fungi covering almost 2,200 acres in a forest in Oregon, North America – awesome! Humongus Fungus!