Chappy's Power Organics Mycorrhizal
Manufacturer: Chappy's Power Organics, Inc.
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Mycorrhizae: The Natural Way to Grow
First, it is important to understand the basic nature of mycorrhizae. As a visual aid for this, hold out your left hand palm down. Spread out your fingers and pretend they are tomato or tree roots underground. Note that the five fingers dont have many feeder roots, maybe a few wispy hairs is all, so access to nutrients is limited to where the roots are in physical contact with the soil.
Now hold out your right hand. Its the same type of plant, with the same five thick roots, but imagine the fingers are completely covered with long thin hairs, like in an old Wolfman movie. These hairs are much like the root threads (hyphae) of mycorrhizae. In effect, each of the five thick roots now has thousands of little feeder roots attached to them. The plant has gained access to a hundred times more soil area.
Look back at your outstretched fingers, the bare ones on the left and the hairy ones on the right, and you should be able to answer this question: Which are normal and which are abnormal roots?
The hairy fingers represent the normal method by which plants uptake enough nutrients for full health and fruit production. This mutually beneficial relationship has developed between plants and mycorrhizae over thousands of years, and explains why many plants no longer develop small feeder roots to search the soil.
Only when a plant lacks mycorrhizae does it need artificially large inputs of fertilizer. There is really no such thing as a heavy feeder. What we would think of as such is merely a thick rooted plant without mycorrhizae. We create unnaturally heavy dependencies by disrupting the beneficial biolife in soils. Gardeners then have to take on the plant feeding role that could otherwise be handled by mycorrhizae, working in conjunction with bacteria, earthworms and various other soil organisms.
With the recent publicity, and availability of mycorrhizal inoculants, it is important to do some research, as not all inoculants are created equal. Most cheap inoculants are single species Glomus intraradicies, which will only work well in specific plant/soil situations. Our Root Booster is a carefully constructed blend of seven species of mycorrhizae. These species have been laboratory tested and proven effective over a wide variety of plant/soil situations.
And unlike fertilizer, mycorrhizal inoculation is a one time application that lasts for the life of the plant. You simply apply a pinch to roots or seeds as your planting and thats it youre well on your way to a bountiful, healthy bio organic garden.
Garden Gossip: Results from the Yard
I have been gardening for quite a number of years but I have never grown tomatoes and pepper plants that have looked quite like these!! My plants are just incredible! The leaves and stems are thick and lush (Im not sure a bug could penetrate the leaves, they are so thick and strong!) The flowers are everywhere and are setting little tomatoes left and right. And the ones that are the large beefsteak size are absolutely huge just coming out of the flowers! Gigantic!! It looks like Ill have more than enough tomatoes for fresh use, freezing, and sharing with all of my neighbors. And my pepper plants already have many peppers growing (which is unusual for this time of year in my area). I am amazed every morning when I walk out to look at (okay, okayadmire) my garden. In all my years of gardening, I have only seen tomato and pepper plants that look this strong and healthy at the Botanical Gardens or in magazines never in my own backyard!!
On March 19, I planted seeds for 32 Brandywines, half receiving a sprinkling of mycorrhizal inoculant. I am hugely impressed with the mycorrhizal inoculant. I definitely had tomatoes up above the ground within 48 hours, which is darn quick. Seeds in about 3/4 of the myco treated cells emerged, and theyre growing very well indeed. Only about 1/3 of the seeds in untreated cells even germinated!
I wanted to tell you about the effect the mycorrhizal inoculant has had on two of my roses. One is the old garden rose Soupert et Notting which I have had for six years and which has been a languid performer. I replanted it with the mycorrhizal inoculant and I can really see the difference. Its covered with buds for the first time, and putting on new lateral canes for the first time. A new to me floribunda, Singin in the Rain, is also responding to the inoculant. It is a good rose, which Ive seen in other gardens, but its first year performance here verges on the superb. I really feel that the inoculant made the difference between goodness and what may well be greatness. I will be showing both roses at the San Francisco Rose Societys big annual Mothers Day rose show.
A.H., Northern California
I just love your product. I have been promoting it through all my lectures and my gardens look gorgeous!!!
A.S., Southern California