Water Penetration and Holding Capacity for Bulb Vegetables

bulb vegetablesWater penetration and holding capacity are dependent on soil structure including aggregate stability which allows for water to enter the soil and for the pores of the soil to retain that water.

Due to their typically shallow root systems, bulb vegetables can struggle to attain and retain water. By increasing the crop’s root absorption area with mycorrhizal fungi, the hyphae will have better access to and will be better able to retain the water necessary for productivity and quality.

The four-species consortium of symbiotic, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in MycoApply® aids the columnal (vertical) formation of the soil structure which allows water to penetrate deeper into the soil profile as well as promoting pore development that helps retain water until it is absorbed by the plant. Studies also show that mycorrhizae expand root absorption area by up to 50x, dramatically expanding the active root zone and allowing the hyphae to absorb water and nutrients the plant root would not otherwise access.