Beneficial alliance

Mycorrhizal fungi have occurred naturally in the soil for 450 million years. They form a close symbiotic relationship with plant roots. They are called mycorrhizae (from the Greek "mukés", meaning fungus, and "rhiza," meaning roots). However, in most soils that have been disturbed by residential construction, or intensive cropping practices with applications of fertilizers containing pesticides and other chemical products, the mycorrhizae content has considerably diminished, and has become insufficient to significantly enhance plant growth.

When mycorrhizal fungi colonize the plant's root system, they create a network that increases the plant's capacity to absorb more water and nutrients such as phosphorus, copper and zinc. This process in turn enhances growth and favors rapid development of roots and plants.

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Mycorrhizae are an excellent way to…

Ensure 2x faster establishment
Roots with mycorrhizae spread over the available space more rapidly thanks to their spectacular extension.

Reduce watering needs by 30%
Roots with mycorrhizae have more surface area to absorb water.


Increase survival by 75%
Roots with mycorrhizae have a greater capacity to absorb nutrients from the soil. Therefore, you get plants that are healthier, more vigorous, and more resistant to stress.

Increase phosphorus absorption to the detriment of blue-green algae
Up to 80% of phosphorus absorbed by plants is by mycorrhizae.

Improve soil structure and prevent erosion The root extension (filaments) provided by mycorrhizae holds soil particles together, which reduces erosion. Furthermore, by improving soil structure mycorrhizae allow better water penetration of about 25% , thus slowing down erosion and stabilizing the soil.

There are two main types of mycorrhizae:

Endomycorrhizae associate with 80% of plants.
Most deciduous trees and herbaceous plants

Ectomycorrhizae associate with 5 to 7% of plants.
Most evergreen trees

To be used when sowing, repotting, planting, or tending your plants.

Quantities to be applied vary depending on the type of plant and the size of the root system. Follow instructions on the product’s label.

MYKE® Growth Supplements must be applied directly in contact with the plant’s roots. In the case of MYKE® Potting Mix and MYKE® Grass Seed, mycorrhizae are already incorporated into the products. Therefore, no specific action is required.

Mycorrhizae are easy to use and are safe for both the environment and the health of gardeners and their pets. MYKE® products are ready to use; they are formulated with integrated mycorrhizae; no mixing or preparation at time of planting or gardening.