Soil nutrients including microorganisms are as important for marijuana growth as lighting and water are. One of those microorganisms is the Mycorrhizal fungus. As a matter of fact, despite a type of fungus, its purpose is completely different from other destructive fungus species like powdery white mildew. But, before anything else, it’s important that you know what this fungus is.
What Is Mycorrhizal Fungus?
It begins with the development of small thread-like organisms known as Hyphae that are found in the roots of cannabis. When these structures pass through the epidermis of the root that the entire process of soil fertilization begins. What’s more surprising is the fact that there are about 150 different species of the Mycorrhizal fungus.
Moving on, if you’re a cannabis grower interested in indoor cultivation, then this fungus is the one that you must include in your home garden. Some of the most stunning benefits of mycorrhizal fungi in cannabis crops that you should be aware of including the following ones.
1. They Promote Cannabis Growth
This fungus, when it colonizes, brings hidden nutrients to the soil surface. These nutrients are then absorbed by the cannabis plant that promotes growth.
2. They Protect Cannabis Plant
It’s common knowledge that water scarcity can damage the cannabis plant. The mycorrhizal fungi can actually absorb moisture from other parts of the plant and deposit it in the roots. As a result, the plant doesn’t wilt.
3. They Maintain The Soil Ph
The ph level of the soil is very essential when it comes to cannabis growth. This fungus is highly active and it helps in maintaining the soil Ph. Besides, it also protects the plant from nutrient toxicity.
4. They Make The Roots Strong
Unlike destructive fungus species that feed on plant sap, this fungus, in particular, strengthens the plant by strengthening the roots. But, how? Well, there are 2 ways in which it makes the roots stronger.
- It eats extra carbs and other root damaging pathogens so that the plant doesn’t rot.
- It makes the roots thicker. Therefore, pathogens find it very tough to penetrate the walls of the root.
5. They Increase The Yield
When you introduce this fungus in your garden, the roots of cannabis become strong, there are more nutrients available, there’s no water scarcity, and there’s the least danger of pathogenic damage to the plant. This increases the yield naturally.