Water Penetration and Holding Capacity for Fruiting Vegetables
Water 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.
Fruiting vegetables rely heavily on access to water and nutrients throughout the growing cycle. Access to water helps the crop mitigate environment stresses to optimize fruit production 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. In a poorly structured soil, the soil’s platelets lay horizontal instead of vertical which results in the development of hard pans which prevent water to penetrate beyond the hard pan. Poorly structured soil can become water-logged which causes disease and stresses to occur.