Natural undisturbed forests can be the perfect example of nature at it’s best. One may ask, how does all that variety of plant life survive without nutrient inputs, scheduled watering or routine pruning? There is an underground symbiotic relationship responsible. The natural forest is our favorite laboratory.
Our company was founded in the Forestry Industry in the late 1980′s. We were known as Forest Mycorrhizal Applications – A little history lesson here- supplying slurries of Ecto mycorrhizae throughout the US and Canada. We found through research and field applications that if a nursery manager inoculated their seedlings they saw fewer culls, and greater survival upon transplanting. Mycorrhizae form a symbiotic relationship with the seedling that through thousands of filaments, mine the soil for nutrients, excrete antibiotics, and reduce drought stress. Inoculated seedlings not only have a stronger root system due to the extensive filaments but also enjoy increased height and caliper.
Natural occurring mycorrhizae can be eliminated in the field by high temperatures such as severely burned land. Nursery practices that include fumigation use of soil-less growing media and high levels of water and soluble nutrients produce non-mycorrhizal plants. When high levels of fertilizer and water are provided, the non-mycorrhizal plants can grow well in artificial media. However those same seedlings will not easily adapt to field conditions. At less than half a cent per seedling, mycorrhizal inoculation is easy and affordable insurance. Just add it to your existing watering system.