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How do mycorrhizal fungi benefit plants?

In its simplest sense mycorrhizal fungi do everything plants roots do just BETTER.

When new plants are planted with rootgrow it takes only 2-4 weeks under normal conditions for these fungi to start benefiting plants. In that time they attach themselves to the plant's root system and grow out rapidly into the soil, searching for nutrients and water. They essentially become part of the plant's own root system.

The benefits to plants are;

Better nutrient uptake

These fungi are so much thinner and finer than the plant's own roots they can therefore find nutrients in the soil far more efficiently that the plant's own course roots. They are especially good at finding nutrients responsible for flowering and fruiting such as Phosphorous and Potassium. As they can explore a much greater amount of soil than the plant's own roots they are also far more likely to find trace elements and the rare nutrients that all plants need to grow well.

Drought tolerance

Mycorrhizal fungi are an essential part of a plants ability to combat drought. Leaves and stems have developed mechanisms to combat drought such as silver leaves, waxy leaves and hairy leaves but these adaptations on their own aren’t enough if the plant doesn’t have its friendly fungal partner on its roots.

Mycorrhizal fungi hold onto water in soils like a sponge.

Benefits to roses

Over the last few years the benefits of treating roses with rootgrow at planting time has been well documented. Using rootgrow with roses will not just help them to establish well and produce a good show of flowers but it will also enable gardeners to grow roses in soil that has previously had roses growing in it.

Now established throughout the UK as a standard treatment for roses rootgrow has reported to be successful in combating the problem of rose replant disease or rose soil sickness.

Establishment in difficult soils

Mycorrhizal fungi will enable plants to establish and thrive even in difficult soils. In poor sandy soils the mycorrhizal fungi will be able to find scarce nutrients and hold onto water. In clay soils these fungi will be able to unlock nutrients from the soil acting like a clay breaker.

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Empathy AfterPlant Evergreen with rootgrow

Empathy AfterPlant Evergreen with rootgrow 1kg (11025)

After Plant Evergreen Plant Food with Rootgrow is recommended for the feeding of all evergreen plants, in particular containerised topiary, rhododendrons, azaleas, bay trees and buxus. An Organic food for use after planting to boost growth. Contains Rootgrow Mycorrhizal fungi Not recommended as a substitute to Rootgrow at planting. Apply after first signs of growth in spring and periodically afterwards.
Manufacturer Code : APEG1000

Empathy Basket Starter with rootgrow -%2

Empathy Basket Starter with rootgrow - 12 Biscuits (11028)

When planting up your baskets and containers give the plants the best start in life with Empathy Basket Biscuits. Rootgrow Empathy Basket Starter biscuits. Using a few Basket Starter biscuits whilst planting your baskets and containers is the perfect and easy way to give them the best start to life and to get the absolute best from them.

Empathy Tomato Starter with rootgrow -%2

Empathy Tomato Starter with rootgrow - 6 Biscuits (11029)

Rootgrow Empathy Tomato Starter biscuits are the perfect way to get the absolute best from your tomatoes, salads and vegetables. Easy to Use. Use when planting in grow bags, pots or in the open ground, to give your tomato plants the best start to life and to help maximise the productivity of your efforts.

ERICOID rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi - 200

ERICOID rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi - 200g (11030)

New! rootgrow™ ericoid is the latest product to be added to the Empathy range and comprises of specially adapted mycorrhizal fungi for use on the roots of acid loving plants such as blueberries, cranberries, lingonberries, bilberries, rhododendrons, azaleas and heathers to aid establishment.
Manufacturer Code : RGE200

RHS Supreme Green Lawn Seed with Root%

RHS Supreme Green Lawn Seed with Root Grow 1kg (11003)

Supreme Green lawn seed with rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi is suitable for creating new lawns or for overseeding and repairing worn patches on established lawns. The grasses establish very quickly and are chosen for their natural toughness and vitality producing a good-looking, hardwearing lawn able to cope with everyday family use. One pack is enough to treat 40M2 as patch and repair and 28M2 as a new lawn.
Manufacturer Code : SGRG1000

RHS Supreme Green Lawn Seed with Root%

RHS Supreme Green Lawn Seed with Root Grow 500g (11026)

Supreme Green lawn seed with rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi is suitable for creating new lawns or for overseeding and repairing worn patches on established lawns. The grasses establish very quickly and are chosen for their natural toughness and vitality producing a good-looking, hardwearing lawn able to cope with everyday family use. One pack is enough to treat 20m2 as patch and repair and 14m2 as a new lawn. Picture shows 1kg pack (also available).
Manufacturer Code : SGRG500

Rootgrow Empathy AfterPlant Organic plant%

Rootgrow Empathy AfterPlant Organic plant food 1kg (11015)

Empathy AFTER PLANT is an all purpose, organic plant food with added rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. This product is designed to kick start soil fertility during establishment, using nutrients and additives that will actively encourage the natural symbiosis between the plant, mycorrhizal fungi and essential soil bacteria that stimulates healthy plant growth.
Manufacturer Code : AP1000

Rootgrow Empathy Afterplant Organic plant%

Rootgrow Empathy Afterplant Organic plant food 2kg (11020)

Empathy AFTER PLANT is an all purpose, organic plant food with added rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. This product is designed to kick start soil fertility during establishment, using nutrients and additives that will actively encourage the natural symbiosis between the plant, mycorrhizal fungi and essential soil bacteria that stimulates healthy plant growth.

Rootgrow Empathy Afterplant Rose Food 1k

Rootgrow Empathy Afterplant Rose Food 1kg (11022)

Empathy AFTER PLANT ROSE FOOD is the first product in the Empathy range to include both rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi and beneficial bacteria, offering a lifetime of benefits to the treated plant.

Rootgrow Empathy Afterplant Rose Food 2k

Rootgrow Empathy Afterplant Rose Food 2kg (11023)

Empathy AFTER PLANT ROSE FOOD is the first product in the Empathy range to include both rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi and beneficial bacteria, offering a lifetime of benefits to the treated plant.

Rootgrow Empathy Bulb Starter - 1kg

Rootgrow Empathy Bulb Starter - 1kg (11018)

Empathy Bulb Starter ensures the ideal biological conditions for bulbs to germinate, grow and flower. Bulb Starter incorporates rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi to improve nutrient and water uptake and vermiculite for improved drainage in the root zone and seaweed meal as a source of natural auxins to stimulate root development.

Rootgrow Empathy Bulb Starter - 2kg

Rootgrow Empathy Bulb Starter - 2kg (11019)

Empathy Bulb Starter ensures the ideal biological conditions for bulbs to germinate, grow and flower. Bulb Starter incorporates rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi to improve nutrient and water uptake and vermiculite for improved drainage in the root zone and seaweed meal as a source of natural auxins to stimulate root development.

Rootgrow Empathy Bulb Starter - 500g

Rootgrow Empathy Bulb Starter - 500g (11017)

Empathy Bulb Starter ensures the ideal biological conditions for bulbs to germinate, grow and flower. Bulb Starter incorporates rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi to improve nutrient and water uptake and vermiculite for improved drainage in the root zone and seaweed meal as a source of natural auxins to stimulate root development.

Rootgrow Mycorrhizal Fungi 150g

Rootgrow Mycorrhizal Fungi 150g (11001)

This new 150gram pouch of root grow is produced and packaged under license from the Royal Horticultural Society. RHS gardeners recommend the use of rootgrow when planting out and it is the first product of its type to receive such an endorsement.

Rootgrow Mycorrhizal Fungi 1kg inc GEL

Rootgrow Mycorrhizal Fungi 1kg inc GEL (11027)

Rootgrow gel is designed to treat bare rooted plants such as hedging, fruit canes, roses and trees.

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