Types of beneficial plant microorganisms

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Plant microorganisms are essential to a healthy garden. In previous entries I talked quite a bit about bacteria and fungi and the proper balance needed between the aerobic and anerobic microorganisms in your hydroponic growing medium. plant microorganisms,plant microorganism

The beneficial bacteria and fungi in your plant root systems perform 1 of 3 possible functions: they free up soil nutrients for plant use by the breakdown of organic matter, they can enter a symbiotic relationship in the root systems meaning that the microorganism as well as the plant benefit from one another and, lastly, they can help suppress plant disease.

Symbiotic microorganisms include Rhizobia, a nitrogen-fixing bacteria, that attach symbiotically to plant roots and convert nitrogen in the air to proteins that plants use and mycorrhizal fungi that help conduct water and nutrients through plant roots.

Bacteria such as Bacillus Cereus, Circulans and Paeniticillus Polymxa help suppress plant pathogens or disease. You can see that such microorganisms are very important in growing healthy plants so be aware they are there and needed, and do not get rid of them needlessly out of some preconceived notion that 'the only good bacteria is dead bacteria'.

Adding such chemicals like hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to your plants is foolhardy in my opinion. There are enough chemicals and toxins in our environment as it is, do not add more. Yes, the addition of H2O2 will contribute an oxygen atom to plant roots but will also destroy all essental bacteria in effect harming your plants. To me, adding H2O2 to your plants is like 'bleeding' someone to cure them of the flu...


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