Lots of fun microbial talk, and for more basic biological info I recommend Jeff Lowenfel’s book @TeemingwithMicrobes. We might also talk about Fungi too (btw Jeff also has @TeemingwithFungi and @TeemingwithNutrients books), and the symbiotic relationships between microbes, fungi, nutrients, water, air and soil that make up the natural @rhizosphere that exists beneath the surface! Booyah!
At Key to Life, as an @EquipSupplier we’re all about carbon-based concentrated powders to deliver all these amazing beneficial bacteria in a more sustainable form - meaning not in water, (because why pay to ship water?). One of the magical things about microbes is that when given the right stimuli (air, water, food) they love to reproduce. Powdered forms of these microorganisms, combined with @molasses, @kelp, @sulphur, @fulvic and @humic acids, etc can be brewed into ‘microbial teas’ that generate population explosions and can be distributed through automated irrigation or @fertigation systems such as @Dosatron. Watering with these teas will make your moms very happy - and you will see the difference!
At KTL, we wanted to provide diverse species of microbes including varieties of Bacilli, Pseudomonas, Streptomyces, and Trichoderma (this is actually a fungus). Benefits of these species include speeding up rooting times, increasing root nodulation and vigor, as well as keeping root zones healthy and clean. They assist with nutrient chelation, cleaning root radicals, and also cleaning leaf stomata when applied in a foliar fashion. They also have a flushing effect, helping to solublize and eat salts and prevent nutrient lockout. In short: beneficial microbes and fungi help plants to be healthy and strong, maximize canopy during veg, maximize macro and micro nutrient uptake during flower and oil production, maximize terpene development, and help plants fight off mold, mildew and pests.
Since I’m on a roll, I’ll just mention these points:
- When evaluating microbial amendments, be sure to check species diversity and cfus (colony-forming units) per gram. KTL microbes contain 1.2 billion cfus per gram.
- Biochar is a great way to promote microbial and fungal life, as well as nutrient and water retention in your soil.
- Mycorrhizal fungi are really cool! They actually provide the capability for communication and even nutrient exchange between plants! How cool is that?