MycoBloom Recommended Inoculation Methods
MycoBloom fungal inocula is a granular substance that is best mixed into growing media or planting beds. As most fungal structures sink in water, we do not recommend mixing MycoBloom with water for a top-feeding drench dispersal. The goal of inoculation is to create contact between MycoBloom fungi and plant roots.
Inoculating Plant Containers and Container Gardening
Growing Media Mix
Mixing MycoBloom inocula in with soil or growing media is the simplest method of inoculating plants. For most plant containers we recommend adding 2.5% by volume of MycoBloom into growing media and thoroughly mixing. Use 5-10% by volume for pots smaller than 500 cu. centimeters or 2 cups. For best results, use inoculated media within several days.
For Existing Plantings
Bury 3 Tablespoons of MycoBloom inocula per gallon size of container. Dig holes around the base of the plant and bury inocula near the surface of soil or growing media.
Inoculating the Earth
MycoBloom fungi have been shown to be significantly better than resident endomycorrhizal fungi at promting the growth of some plants (see Publication section).
MycoBloom Prefered Method of Nurse Plant Inoculation
We recommend inoculating plant plugs in containers before outdoor transplanting. Using the Mass Media Mix suggestions outlined above, mix MycoBloom Fungi, fill containers, and immediately transplant a seedlings into the container. After 2-3 weeks, the fungi are well established on the plant root system and can be transplanted outdoors. This method has worked well in field restorations (see Publication section).
The simplest method for distributing MycoBloom fungal inocula to the earth is broadcast spreading. However, mycorrhizal fungi live belowground and broadcasting the inocula distributes the fungi above ground. Therefore, we recommend tilling, raking or using a seed drill to bury the mycorrhizal fungal inocula into the soil. For small areas such as a garden, we recommend spreading 1 Tablespoon of inocula per square foot. For large project areas, such as for grassland restorations, we recommend using 3 five gallon buckets per acre. If the soil of an area is highly disturbed, application rates of up to 5 five gallon buckets per acre may be required.