How to grow plants and mushrooms together in a sustainable way,

using Mycorrhizal fungi and MyCO2 Bloom and Grow as CO2 generators to benefit the plants.

The Mycorrhizal Difference

Mushrooms and plants can work together in many ways. with MyCO2 mushrooms can provide CO2 to plants. With Mycorrhizal products you can use fungi to provide nutrients and more to the plant’s roots. It is common knowledge that plants and mushrooms have a symbiotic relationship at the root due to the popularity of products that contain mycorrhizal mushroom spores. These mushrooms have a root structure called mycelium which grows inside and outside of plant roots, expanding their root structure and improving their accumulation of moisture and nutrients in the soil. In addition this mycelium prevents the plant roots from becoming infected with common root diseases. One product in particular that we have personally witnessed benefits from is Xtreme Gardening’s Mykos. We have used this product in the soil of our outdoor vegetable garden with incredible results, and at a customer appreciation event we were able to visually witness the mycelium growing on roots in a petri dish viewed through a microscope! When it comes to using beneficial fungi in the soil, Mykos is the best! It actually work fast and creates strong roots in 93% of common plants. Mykos is a single species of Endomycorrhizal fungi, Rhizophagus intraradices, which helps new plantings, reducing transplant shock by stimulating root growth and making more nutrients available. The network of mycorrhizal fungi can transport nutrients over large distances and deliver them directly into the root cell. They work symbiotically with plants which supply the mycorrhizal fungi with energy in the form of carbohydrates that are produced during photosynthesis. Individual plants can become connected with other plants through this mycorrhizal network, and can share nutrients, sugars and water.

While mycorrhizal fungi can add a boost to your plants, it his unlikely they will ever fruit edible mushrooms, and if they did, they would need to be professionally identified for edibility prior to eating them. This is not a big deal as Mykos and similar products are not intended to grow mushrooms and should not be a reason to pass up the mycorrhizal power!!

MyCO2 Bloom and Grow mushroom plant symbiosis

With mycorrhizal goodness boosting your plants photosynthesis, especially when grown in a controlled environment like a grow tent or a greenhouse, carbon dioxide becomes a major player in the creation of carbohydrates that will be delivered to the mycorrhizal network via the plants. Science has shown again and again the importance CO2 plays in photosynthesis, as many commercial greenhouse farmers augment the ambient CO2 levels within their greenhouses with compressed bottles of CO2 or via the use of burners. While practical at a large commercial level, large tanks and other mechanical means of CO2 augmentation becomes problematic in a home greenhouse, indoor grow tent, or bedroom sized garden.

In these smaller, personal gardens, mushrooms and plants can be grown symbiotically through the use of MyCO2 Bloom and Grow.

MyCO2 are customer activated meaning they come with the pure mushroom spawn separated from the sterile substrate in a sealed bag equipped with a two way air filter patch. By simply removing the clip that separates the two ingredients and mixing them together, the mycelium comes to life and begins decomposing the wood based substrate turning the carbon molecules within the substrate into carbon dioxide gas which flows out the filter patch. By hanging one or more My CO2 bags in the garden you can rest assured your plants will receive the CO2 they need as it is generated. After the decomposition cycle is complete, which is when the loose substrate becomes a semisolid mass of white fungi, the MyCO2 is ready to grow mushrooms!

At this point gardeners should take the MyCO2 out of the garden and follow the instructions on the side of the box to grow mushrooms, and also read the FAQ / Instructions page and watch the related videos. Essentially the only tools you need are a sharp object to poke a hole or make a slit in the bag, and a hand sprayer to augment the available humidity via misting the opening multiple times a day. All you do is poke a hole or make a cut toward the center of one of the rectangular sides, push all the air out of the bag, and wrap the excess bag to the opposite side of your hole. Since light is a trigger to grow mushrooms, remove trap door on the back side of the box and place your kit inside with the hole or cut you made visible through the trap door opening. Now just set the MyCO2 on your kitchen counter or somewhere else in your home where you visit multiple times a day with the hand sprayer beside it so you can mist it and check on it every time you pass by. Before you know it baby mushrooms will start forming and pushing their way out the incision you made. Once the mushrooms are big, yet the caps edges are still rolled down, they are ready to pick and cook! Its really easy to do, if you have children they will love it, and it adds a source of protein to the garden that benefits the plants!

Author: Donnie Creekmore

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