Xtreme Gardening Mykos is a fast-acting friendly fungus that attaches to plants roots in a symbiotic relationship. Mycorrhizae creates a "sponge-like" mass which collects and stores nutrients and water. This fungal mass also extends the reach of the root network, so the plant can uptake water and nutrients from a larger volume of substrate.
Mychorizae are also able to break own, cycle and retain nutrients from the substrate – making nutrients available that were ‘locked out’ and un available in forms the plant can easily up-take.
Xtreme Gardening products contain a single species of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: Rhizophagus intraradices, formally known as Glomus intraradices. Mykos does not contain any other microbes such as trichoderma or ecto-mycorrhizae as there is only a limited amount of space in the root zone for beneficial organisms, use of one or two specific species of beneficial organisms reduces the amount of inter-species competition, so you can be certain that the strain of beneficial you put in the soil will colonize the substrate. In some mixed-population beneficial bacteria products that there is competition between species and only one or two of the included blend of types colonises the substrate. The substrate is a physically limited space with limited food available for microorganisms. Once the space has been colonised, there’s no room for more species – by using only one species with known beneficial effects, you can be sure you’ll see a boost in the growth of your plants.
Mykos is an endo mycorrihizal product which has been proven to have positive effects on the yield and quality of 93% of common plants, including all species of vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs. Endomycorrhiza are superior to Ectomycorrhizae because they physically attach to the root tips, allowing for direct transportation of nutrients, water and carbohydrates between the plant and fungus.
The folks at Xtreme know the benefits mycorrhizae brings to any type of garden, whatever the system. They’ve developed a range of dosing options, so you can bring nature back into your garden whatever system your using. All types are the same type of mycorrhizae but with different routes of application to provide a better chance of inoculation depending on the substrate or system type.
Normal mykos is supplied in a granulated form – under a microscope the granules have a cup shape and they allow the fungus to be resistant during transportation. Granulated mykos works well during transplant in soil and coco but it’s not great in any type of hydroponic system.
Xtreme Gardening have developed their Mykos wettable powder for hydroponic gardeners who still want all the great benefits of mykos in a package that can be used with water alone. Mykos WP completely dissolves when added to water, so you can add it to any reservoir and see the results.
Root packs are perfect for use in systems that use clay balls as Mykos wettable powder may not stay in contact with the roots for long enough to colonise them in certain systems where there is a strong or regular flow of water. Ebb and flow systems are one such example, but root packs can also be placed under rockwool cubes in other systems like NFT. The roots of plants grow through the pack where they come into contact with the mycorrhizae spores, creating the symbiotic, beneficial relationship, without the mykos washing away.
Mykos helps new plantings, reducing transplant shock by stimulating root growth and making more nutrients available. Mykos forms hyphae which increase the root mass resulting in more absorption of nutrients and moisture. The fungal network can transport nutrients over large distances and deliver them directly into the root cell. Plants supply Mykos with energy in the form of carbohydrates that are produced during photosynthesis. Individual plants are connected with other plants through this mycorrhizal network, and can share nutrients, sugars and water.
Mykos protects your plants against drought & heat stress. As well as physically protecting roots by keeping harmful pathogens from making root contact. Mykos can also improve the soil structure both in clay soil and sandy soil. Mykos also helps break down organic compounds and convert them into plant available plant food.
Mykos has been used to break the last 9 World-Records for 'Xtreme plant growth, including a 2,230.5 lb. pumpkin in 2015! – in fact mycorrhizae is regularly used by competition growers to get their freakishly large yields.
How to use:
Make sure you select a type of mykos that’s compatible with your system
Use once at every transplant
Mykos granules can be applied at a rate of 1-2 teaspoons at the bottom of each planting hole. Or gently roll your propagation cube in granules to evenly coat them then transplant them as you normally would, making sure to backfill the hole appropriately.
Mykos Wettable Powder (WP) is very versatile. Just dissolve a tablespoon per 4l and apply to the rootzone of plants or directly to the reservoir. The fact the powder completely dissolves in water means it can be used in all recirculating systems, including aeroponics, NFT or dripper systems. You can even use Mykos WP as a root drench to inoculate your plants in soil or coco if you’ve forgotten to add mykos granules during transplant. If adding Mykos WP to a reservoir, make sure it’s kept oxygenated to keep the spores alive.
Mykos Root Packs are like a teabag that contains the mykos spores. Plant one at the bottom of transplant holes where the roots of plants will grow through the pack, getting inoculated on the way.
Never Use peroxide containing products alongside beneficial organisms – The peroxides will just kill your friendly army, so you’ll just be wasting money on products that aren’t compatible.
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