Mycorrhizal Applications Inc

So many people have contacted me and asked me - "Where can I obtain some of this mycorrhizae and beneficial bacteria you are always talking about ?" Well, this page is created as an easy to understand and direction pointer as to where I've done business in the past.Originally I dealt with a company called Plant Health Care Inc (PHC). Much of what I learned came from an individual named Dr Donald Marx who was their chief scientist and actually ran a micorbiology workshop along with his wife out of Frogmore, South Carolina. Some time ago I heard that Don's wife had passed away and that himself had retired. Unfortunately this company has changed a lot and for the most part has disconnected itself from dealing with the average public. Corporation entities and stock prices are mostly what they are about now. Then there were the later business relationships with companies like Monsanto and the disconnected impatience of a certain European Affiliate when I was looking for product over here and I basically lost interest in someone who had no real interest in me as a long time historical customer. Hence I switched.



Actually I also had dealings with another company named Mycorrhizal Applications Inc back then and I can honestly say that there has always been a level of excellent customer service and helpful advice that has never wavered from the first instance I had contact with them from day one.  Of course they are much bigger now and no doubt turning into another corporate big boy, but from what I still experience in dealing with them, their personal hands-on touch has never been lost. I had originally made contact with them through references from Mike Evans co-owner of one of my favourite Cal-Native Plant sources called Tree of Life Native Plants Nursery. He told me they had an excellent mycorrhizal mix that he had ever used for Manzanitas which can be touchy for many folks to grow and care for if they are unfamiliar to the plants needs. Mycorrhizal Applications Inc's new website is very flash and sophisticated. Compare it to the simple generic original and you wouldn't know it was the same site. The owner of the company is Mike Amaranthus and he use to have a Ask Dr Mike feature which has long since been eliminated and I can understand why. They've grown tremendously and have taken on a fair amount other employees as his success has required a generous amount of backup in the form of larger staff. 

They also now have a great number of distributors for which have helped them ease the workload from the company which is based in Grant Pass, Oregon. Incredibly, I have also had great dealings with a couple distributors or affiliates of theirs and found the same personable customer service and advice offerings. So apparently they also did their homework on just who was going to represent them in the global field. One of the things that hasn't changed and folks should see for themselves is the educational program and simple common illustrations for educating and getting the average person excited about not only a better way or approach to successful gardening, landscaping, agriculture or environmental habitat restoration, but also the ability to reach a persons heart for deep down appreciation of just how things work in nature without a lot of Intellect Speak to be boring and yet just enough of the right terminology to show the amount of indepth understanding of their own proprietary technologies.
They've recently been busy building a newer ecological office headquarters facillity in Grant Pass, Oregon and I'll post them here along with a Grant Pass Courier Video of the Building:
Grant Pass Daily Courier: Mycorrhizal Applications Inc Headquarters


Here they are installing the new living roof during the construction phase with several succulents. This is actually a common proven method done even over here in Sweden. Almost every Apartment Laundry Room which is separate from the main building will have a living Succulent roof system. Presently, here in Gothenburg, they are installing this type of roof system on a public toilette facility in Brunnsparken in downtown Gothernburg city center.


Take note of the view looking down from the living Succulent Roof system at their courtyard and live pond. Very cool and can't wait to see it some years from now as the landscape grows and works it's way into the theme of the landscape. This is actually a practice being done on many buildings here in Sweden for a very long time now. It's great to see more and more companies taking this type of construction direction.



Here is the Grant Pass, Oregon Headquarters for the 
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Like a lot of Mycorrhizal Companies in the business, they also have their own photographs illustrating various plants with and without beneficial bacteria and/or with mycorrhizal inoculum mix in the potting media. These are always without a doubt great teaching tools. A picture is worth a thousand words.




Before and After Applications





Photo: Mycorrhizal Applications Inc
BTW, the above photo is of Manzanitas. Remember what I said about Mike Evans advice on purchasing their inoculum for  Manzanitas ? See how picky the Manzanitas are for their special requirements of having a symbiosis of just the right kind of Fungi attached to their roots ? Anyone who attempts to plant these in their landscape using the conventional science-based gardening techniques will fail. Take a close look below at some of the large scale almost industrial scale applications in which mycorrhizae and beneficial bacteria can be used in. Very few if any companies are pursuing this the way Mycorrhizal Apps is doing it.


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I've got to stop and interject here with some personal experience points which are related to this last comparison photo above. Many of these photos can look perhaps like doctored marketing scheme to get folks to buy their product. However, I once appeared at a (PHC) mycorrhizae conference and gave my personal testimonial on practical applications of using mycorrhizal spores to colonize outplantings in the landscape at Mitchell Pest Control's conference room  in San Gabriel California. I believe this was back in the year 2000. Sadly that was the last time I saw Harold Mitchell who was then retiring from years of service to the community of Southern California. Two PHC reps were there, something I doubt they have anymore for small scale business operators. Harold Mitchell gave his own personal Green House Lab Experiment experience with a slide presentation of PT Mycorrhizae fungus effect on same species of pine tree seedlings in nursery container pots. Of course like the photos above there was certainly a marked contrasting difference. But that wasn't those photos that was the most impressive. What impressed the audience was that after the original testing of pine seedlings in control potting media against those pine seedlings with mycorrhizae and their striking differences, the plants in the trays were basically shelved, abandoned and forgotten. It wasn't until three weeks later that one of Harold's employees was doing some sorting chores and clean up work in the same greenhouse  that he rediscovered the discarded control and mycorrhizal pine trees in their planting tubes together in their respective plant tube tray holders. The control plants were dried - dead and fried a reddish brown. No life whatsoever. The mycorrhizal pines which were also abandoned and also never once watered were still green and living, though just at the edge of survival.  That's when they decided to take the photo. We never knew where the mycorrhizae were gathering the water molecules from other than somehow sucking them out of the humid air in the Greenhouse, but nevertheless what they were doing was saving their own collective mycelial networked necks by keeping their hosts alive.

Now that above picture of wilted grass and vigorous grass is no exaggeration. The way native plants in the western US and I'm sure elsewhere around the globe work is that there is an abundant lush growth in springtime which slows to an eventual stop by summer and the plants simply maintain health and vigor throughout the rest of the growing season. Conventional science-based Horticulture has you watering the pants off your landscape continually and all the time chemically feeding with an assortment of conventional moneymaking science-based products which causes them to exhibit continual growth cycling. This isn't what you want. Not only does the landscaper have more trimming and clipping workload, but you are also inviting diseases and pests to your landscape projects. Delicate succulent growth to an Aphid or powdery mildew is like candy to a baby. Then you are forced to use other conventional money making science-based products like chemical pesticides which is what you want to avoid in the first place. The photos above are not only educational and illustrative, but they are the reality of how nature actually works. Mycorrhizal Applications Inc offers a number of educational pages on their site, but also several YouTube videos for educational purposes and I'll list them here:


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image: Mycorrhiae.com
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Some instructional videos and company and product trailers
















The company have more videos on their website, but you get the idea and certainly some info on the company and people behind it. This is not a marketing page by which I personally derive financial benefit of any sort. But I am inundated and at times overwhelmed with calls and emails for a source for product and I want to be able to point to a reliable source that I personally have used in the past. Many of my articles on this Timeless Environments blog and the other blog which is simply a resource for folks to benefit themselves and their landscapes or organic gardens.
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4 comments:

  1. So I bought some of the mycorrhizal powder for the 3 little pine tree seedlings that I transplanted, as well as for existing plants on our property. I have read their website, but don't know how often I inoculate the existing plants to assure the fungus takes hold. One application? Once a week for a few weeks?

    If the existing plants seem to thrive then we will also put it on the grass.

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    1. You need to keep one thing in mind. This is NOT a fertilizer. This is a one time application. Think of these mycorrhizal spores which are mycroscopic as seeds which will germinate. The powder most likely does have some rooting hormonal powder and humic acids which actually stimulate root growth. When the root cap at the tip if the root hair touches the spore, it will trigger germination and the fungi should be there for life.

      You may not notice anything the first year, but you may see a thumb sized coco brown mushroom or truffle pop out of the soil this summer next to the pine seedling. But next year is when you'll see a difference in growth output. Once colonized, you must never fertilize. Just keep adding a mulch around the base of the tree clear out a little ways beyond the brances dripline. As the trees grow bigger, just keep adding more mulch. The fungus will even help break down the mulch and feed the broken down nutrients to the pine tree. The tree in turn creates sugars and other carbons which the fungus needs, but cannot produce on it's own.

      Do you know exactly what product title it is and what it describes on the package ? Let me know here and I'll describe to you what other plants in the yard will benefit from it's presence.

      Hope that helps - Kevin



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  2. Okay, good to know. I have repeated the application twice now so will stop. I have put it on almost all of my flower beds and my veggie garden. Next I will do the roses and the lawn.

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  3. Just remember that this is usually a one time application and feeding is nothing more than providing mulch or compost, not chemical fertilizers which will cause the mycorrhizae to detach from their host. But if you think you need to do it again then do so. On your property you may have some scrub oaks in that Canyon behind your house. By all means apply some of this mix to them and they will formation networked connections quicker with your pine trees. Plus the Oaks will appear more luxurient looking.

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