Mycorrhizae and Trichoderma
A healthy, well-developed root system makes your plants much healthier and helps them to produce high quality, large yields. You can use mycorrhizae and Trichoderma to do this, which is a method that’s rapidly growing in popularity among growers that prefer to grow organic-only cannabis plants.
If you still don’t know what mycorrhizae and Trichoderma are, stick around to learn everything you need to know.
What are Mycorrhizae?
Mycorrhizae are beneficial fungi that act alongside your cannabis plants, favouring healthy, fast and strong root growth that can easily deal with unfavourable conditions.
Most plants act symbiotically with mycorrhizae, in a process in which both are benefited.
At La Huerta Grow Shop you can find many brands that manufacture their own mycorrhizae. Some of the best sellers are Micro Vita by Crop Top, or the renowned Piranha and Tarantula by Advanced Nutrients.
Mycorrhizae Cannabis Plant Benefits
Like we were saying, mycorrhizae are becoming more popular among growers all over the world because their benefits are incredible:
- More water and nutrient absorption such as Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (NPK).
- More root development and growth.
- More tolerance to excess nutrients.
- More protection against fungi, nematodes and other illnesses.
Types of Mycorrhizae
The two types of most common mycorrhizae are Endomycorrhizae and Ectomycorrhizae.
- Endomycorrhizae penetrate your plants roots and reach their cells.
- Ectomycorrhizae, however, penetrate your plants roots without reaching the inside of the cells.
How to Use Mycorrhizae with Cannabis Plants
Mycorrhizae should be applied straight to your substrate before planting cannabis seeds or before transplanting. In these two cases, it’s the ideal time for mycorrhizae to reach your plants’ roots and stimulate growth. Plus, it also helps your plants to recover the stress that transplants can cause.
If you’ve used mycorrhizae correctly and your plants are healthy, using Trichoderma alongside it can really improve the state of your plants.
What Are Trichoderma?
Trichoderma are fungi that benefit your cannabis plants when they’re growing, helping them to grow strong and resistant to fungi and illnesses. Growers from all over the world have been using Trichoderma for decades as a preventive for fungi such as fusarium, pythium or sclerotinia.
Unlike mycorrhizae, Trichoderma don’t act symbiotically with the plant; they feed off root fungi that’s bad for your plants.
Make sure not to use mineral products when using Trichoderma if you want to keep them alive.
Trichoderma Benefits in Cannabis
Trichoderma can be a growers best friend for the following reasons:
- They attack bad fungi that can damage roots.
- They take up space and nutrients so that pathogens can’t.
- They help generate natural antibodies, protecting your plants from illness.
- Stimulates plant growth.
- Decomposes organic material – similar to how enzymes act.
How to Use Trichoderma in Cannabis
Trichoderma can be used in your water approximately once a month in order to guarantee a large Trichoderma population.
We recommend using Trichoderma about 2 – 4 weeks after establishing mycorrhizae in the substrate if you plant on using it.
If you have any questions when it comes to using mycorrhizae and Trichoderma , get in touch with La Huerta Grow Shop’s team of experts.