Plumeria forum: Any Experience Adding Mycorrhizae when Rooting/Transplanting Plumeria?

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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Nov 21, 2015 9:59 PM CST
I often use mycorrhizae and have good experience. I have done a number of experiments when potting up seedlings, transplanting, etc. Wherein I add mycorrhizae to some and withhold from others - same species, same growth size, same seedling batch and so on. A pure experiment with the only test condition being using mycorrhizae in some plants and not others.

The results have shown that the plants with mycorrhizae added develop larger root system and are in general "better" plants in terms of size, color, blooming and so on.

There is some info (but not a lot) I have found on the net of the benefits of mycorrhizae for Plumeria. There is tons of info showing the benefits for plants in general and many specific plants.

I am wondering if any of you have tried adding mycorrhizae when starting cuttings and/or potting up/transplanting rooted cuttings? And if so, what has been your experience?

Since I have a newly acquired cutting and rooted plant purchased from Ken, I will be in a position in a few months to benefit from experience that any of you all have.
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Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Nov 23, 2015 9:19 PM CST
Nope I haven't and I font even know what that is *Blush*
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Nov 23, 2015 9:41 PM CST
A fungus that is to a greater or lesser extent always available in most all soil. Many quality potting mixes have it added now a days. I intentionally add it on a regular basis to transplants. I use the product Mycos.

From this web site (lots of good info here):

http://mycorrhizae.com/

“Mycor” – “rhiza” literally means “fungus” – “root” and defines the mutually beneficial relationship between the plant and root fungus. These specialized fungi colonize plant roots and extend far into the soil. Mycorrhizal fungal filaments in the soil are truly extensions of root systems and are more effective in nutrient and water absorption than the roots themselves. More than 90 percent of plant species in natural areas form a symbiotic relationship with the beneficial mycorrhizal fungi.

Example with (left) and without added mycorrhizae.

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Non-Commercial info here on benefits:

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/faculty/davies/research/m...
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Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Nov 23, 2015 11:54 PM CST
Whistling Pretty interesting.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 24, 2015 11:59 AM CST
I think you can do that, but not during winter. Plumie cuttings are asleep and if there are any rooted ones right now, they may be on a slowdown, so I do not think it is right timing. Maybe when you repot in Spring, you can experiment with it. But I will let the cutting sleep for now.
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Nov 24, 2015 1:05 PM CST
Will give it a try late winter/early spring. Cutting is asleep and rooted cutting looks to be going to sleep. My one and only bigger guy seems to be falling asleep as it is starting to drop leaves.

Will let people know if I feel that it has worked - but since I cannot do an experiment, will be hard to make a conclusion.
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