When a seed is exposed to the proper conditions, water and oxygen are taken in through the seed coat. The embryo’s cells start to enlarge. The seed coat then breaks open, and a root or radicle emerges first, followed by the shoot or plumule that will contain the stem and leaves…that’s just Seed 101.

Many factors can cause poor germination of the seed. Like over watering, which can cause the plant to not have enough oxygen. Planting seeds too deep can cause them to use their entire stored energy before reaching the soil surface. Dry conditions cause the plant to lack enough moisture to even begin the germination process and have the energy to keep growing.

Many growers (like USA Horticulture) turn to endomycorrhizal or ectomycorrhizal relationships to fuel seed germination. By definition that means…

  • Ectomycorrhiza is a form of symbiotic relationship that occurs between a fungal symbiont, or mycobiont, and the roots of various plant species. The mycobiont is often from the phyla Basidiomycota and Ascomycota, and more rarely from the Zygomycota.
  • Endomycorrhizae refers to the type of close relationship between a plant and root fungi in which the hyphae or thread-like material of the fungus actually penetrates the cells of the root, rather than just colonizing on its surface. … Another name for Endomycorrhizae is Arbuscular Mycorrhizae (AM)

In laments terms…Ecto is when the beneficial fungi penetrates the roots, endo fungi exists only on the epidermal layer of the root.

Mycorrhizae products, like Great White are on the market to duplicate these relationships in Cannabis seed germination. Mycorrihizae increases the uptake and absorption of water into the root system producing healthier plants over time.

Beginning the germination process with endomycorrhizae development, or mycorrhizae  products can increase benefits of the plant over the life span of growth. This includes advantages like…

  • Strong root development
  • Increased transplant success
  • Higher yields & enhanced quantity
  • Increased tolerance to soil issues, toxicity or disease
  • Improved resistance to drought

Connect with USA Horticulture to implement best growth practices into your existing, or developing grows. Stay tuned and follow our journey as we continue to research, test and collaborate with like-minded networks.