As home gardens and food production has increased in popularity in recent years so has hydroponics for plant and food production. Almost any plant can be grown in this way today and very little space is required. Mycorrhizal fungi can easily be added, usually as a powder directly into the nutrient solution, but can be used in other ways like as a root dip gel or incorporation into manufactured soil growth medias.
The big advantages of mycorrhizae in hydroponic applications are not unlike more conventional ways of growing plants. Mycorrhizae cause fine feeder roots to branch and extend the active feeding capacity of the root tips by mycelial networks in rockwool or other inert growth media’s that much more effectively access and trans-locate these materials back to the plant.
So the advantages of this system include:
- Consistent high yields and faster growth
- Water can be reused
- Less difficult manual labor and weeds are nearly non-existent
- Less area required and quality tends to be excellent
- Mycorrhizae and other biologicals can be easily be introduced to the roots