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"The Benefits of Mycorrhiza for Bonsai Growth: How to Cultivate It for Optimal Health"

Mycorrhizae are thousands of fungi that form beneficial relationships with plants by colonizing their roots and extending far into the soil. They enhance the ability of plants to access soil resources by increasing the surface area of their roots by 100 to 1,000 times. Mycorrhizal fungi release powerful enzymes that dissolve hard-to-capture soil nutrients, such as organic nitrogen, phosphorus, iron, and other "tightly bound" soil nutrients. This extraction process is particularly important in plant nutrition and explains why non-mycorrhizal plants require high fertility levels to maintain their health.

Undisturbed forest soils are full of beneficial soil organisms, including mycorrhizal fungi. However, several common practices can reduce or eliminate these beneficial soil fungi, such as tillage, removal of topsoil, erosion, site preparation, compaction, fumigation, invasion of weeds, and leaving soils fallow. Scientific studies indicate that endo mycorrhizal fungal populations are slow to recolonize unless there is close access to natural areas that can act as a source of mycorrhizal spores to repopulate the affected area.

If you want to add mycorrhizae to your bonsai pots, you can use a blend of mycorrhizal spores that can be added to your custom fertilizer blend or used on its own.

It's important to note that different types of mycorrhizae grow in different plants, so just because the spores are unavailable to your bonsai does not mean you can inoculate your trees with a blend of mycorrhizae spores. However, reintroducing mycorrhizal fungi in areas where they have been lost can dramatically improve plant performance with less water and fertilizer. Apply all these products so they come into direct contact with existing or emerging plant roots.



  • §  Increased uptake of nutrients and water.

  • §  Increased soil biological activity.

  • §  Improved soil structure and aeration.

  • §  Reduced effects from drought.

  • §  Reduced effects from root pathogens.

  • §  Reduced chemical inputs and environmental damage.

  • §  .They extend the plant rooting system improving root functions.

  • §  They allow for better exploitation of the soil environment.

  • §  They increase the surface area available for nutrient uptake.

  • §  They make nutrients soluble which are normally not accessible to roots.

  • §  They influence the soil environment covered by the fungal filaments.

  • §  Encourages growth of beneficial bacteria and other non-disease-causing fungi.

  • §  They ward off unwanted organisms which can cause plant diseases.

  • §  They produce a biological glue that promotes soil stability and increases moisture penetration and aeration of the soil.

Jo-Da Bonsai stocks Mycoroot, which is an easy-to-use product that helps your bonsai thrive.

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