Microbial life in the soil is a key element to obtain abundant harvests of cannabis buds, especially if we practice organic farming.
Composed of bacteria and beneficial fungi, microbial life protects the root system of plants against harmful bacteria and pathogens - responsible for several diseases - while enhancing nutrient uptake by the roots.
Creating a true natural symbiosis with plants, microbial life breaks down organic molecules so plants can assimilate the nutrients contained in the soil.
It also stabilizes the pH value of the soil and breaks down organic matter like dead roots. For best results, microbial life should be added from the very early stages of the plant life (germination or rooting).
We can find 3 different types of microbial life useful for cannabis cultivation, which can be used together:
- Mycorrhizae is a fungus family which highly improves the uptake capacity of the roots. The Glomus type is the most commonly used.
- Trichoderma is a fungus from the Hypocreaceae family, efficient against several pathogens like the feared Fusarium. The Trichoderma Harzianum species is widely available on the market.
- Different species and families of Bacteria are oftenly used by farmers to improve the performance of their crops. Some of them are capable of transforming the nitrogen in the air into an assimilable form for plants.