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Re: mycorrhizal fungi?


Is his name Joiner? Jim? John?
----- Original Message -----
From: Island Jim <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2003 7:07 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] mycorrhizal fungi?


> hi, libby,
>
> here's the sum total of what i think i know about mycorrhizal fungus
> supplements.
>
> one of the more respected tropical fruit gurus [i'm having a senior moment
> with his name but he holds the rank of professor at university of
florida],
> who has a large demonstration garden and orchard in the miami-palm beach
> area, inoculated the entire garden and orchard with it a few years ago and
> swears by the results.
>
> i have several packets of the stuff--samples from a would-be
> distributor--that i've never used. now that you remind me of it, however,
> and i have two trees i want to plant this weekend, i may try it out.
>
>
> At 09:33 AM 5/8/03 -0400, you wrote:
> >Has anyone tried using a mycorrhizal fungus supplement?  I have one of
those
> >rebate coupons from Gardens Alive, and though I have learned the hard way
to
> >take their catalog claims with a pound of salt (moreso for their
subsidiary
> >Audubon Workshop than for Gardens Alive itself; all you fans can stay
calm
> ><grin>), this product intrigues me.  They call it "root boost", and say
it
> >is a supplement of soil fungi that have symbiotic relationship with most
> >plants, and planting some soil fungi with the plant gives the plant a big
> >benefit.  Of course they have different formulas...
> >
> >What got my attention in the catalog write-up is the thought that in most
> >developed areas these days the top soil, where most of these beneficial
> >fungi reside, has been stripped off, so this product really could make a
big
> >difference.
> >
> >I have a gaggle of perennials and shrubs to plant this year, and I'm
> >wondering if this would be a good idea.  Some are going in areas where I
> >have been working on improving the soil, some in new areas that are still
> >basically clay.  It won't quite be free but even with shipping it'll
still
> >be under $15 and I could probably get it by next week.
> >
> >Has anyone tried it?  Any thoughts?
> >
> >Thanks,
> >
> >Libby
> >Maryland zone 6
> >
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