[NAFEX] Blueberry planting alternatives
lreich at hvc.rr.com
Tue Oct 18 09:31:24 EDT 2005
I never tested various innoculae. I did this research over 20 years ago,
when innoculum was not available commercially. The growing part is very
easy: I used leeks because they have coarse roots that are easy to harvest.
The growing medium was calcined montmorillonite clay, also knows as kittly
litter these days. You just mix some innoculum into the medium and plant
leeks, then harvest the leek roots and use them to innoculate other plants.
From: Doreen Howard <gardendiva at charter.net>
Reply-To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2005 15:19:51 -0500
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Blueberry planting alternatives
I found your post below interesting, especially the part about growing
inoculum on the roots of leeks in clay chips. Have you ever tested various
brands of commercial mycorrhizae inoculum? If so, were some better than
others? Also, is there something published about how to grow inoculum on
leek roots? I seen references to it in several places, but never found a
Lee Reich wrote:
Also, while "regular supplies of organic matter" might create nice
conditions for mycorrhiza (such as moister soil), contrary to what you
wrote, mycorrhizae do not feed on dead organic matter -- your leaves, for
instance. It's totally possible for this association to thrive in soils
lacking any organic matter. When I was researching mycorrhizae as part of my
studies with Cornell, I grew innoculum on the roots of leeks planted in pure
montmorillonite clay chips.
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