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Does mushroom compost have mycorrhizae?

The Short Answer is No. Mushroom compost definitely doesn't substitute for mycorrhizal fungi. They do not live or reproduce in compost of any kind though a few might survive the composting process. These are called endomycorrhizal fungi or arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi - sometimes referred to as VAM or AM for short.

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Consequently, which plants benefit from mycorrhizal fungi?

Mycorrhizal fungi live in symbiosis with the roots of a large variety of plants, including trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials.

Beside above, how do you encourage mycorrhizal fungi?

  1. Phosphorus fertilizer. Don't use too much, especially chemical phosphorus.
  2. Other fertilizer. Other than phosphorus, overfertilizing in general can inhibit mycorrhizal fungi, so it's good to fertilize just a little at a time.
  3. Organic fertilizer.
  4. Pesticides.
  5. Mulch.
  6. Diversity.
  7. Water.
  8. Tilling.

One may also ask, how do you add mycorrhizal fungi to soil?

Using Mycorrhizal Fungi To Bring Nutrients To Your Plants

  1. When planting, rub the fungi on the root ball or throw a pinch into the planting hole.
  2. When seeding, mix it with the seed before sowing.
  3. When sodding, mix with water and spray it on the soil before laying the sod, or second best would be to spray it on after and water it in.

Does mycorrhizal fungi really work?

Studies have shown that adding mycorrhizal fungi to this type of environment can have some positive results. Keep in mind that the main value of the fungi is to provide the plants with water and nutrients. In a potted situation, many gardeners over water and over fertilize, negating the benefit of the fungi.

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