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Thread: Trichoderma should be transferable right?

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    Thanks for all the help! I used it on my cephs, neps and even VFTs.
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    Is Ampac available everywhere or is it an online thing?

    Have you heard of (or used) a product called MycoBoost?

    So, RootShield, Ampac and MycoBoost are all considered beneficial fungus for roots but are also different strains? Is that correct?

    And different spores are what your "cocktail" is comprised of? Yes?

    Thanks!
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    Ampac is only available from them, they have the sole rights to their specific strain... it was discovered by one of their research scientist who is a professor at University of Alaska (may have the college name wrong, but its in alaska... going by memory) and patented by ampac...so you buy direct from the mfg when you order from them, super fresh in other words... plus it is a tough as nails species, very antagonistic toward the phytopathogens... good stuff (2 yr advertised shelf life)

    there are a lot of products on the market now due to the increse demand from your indoor pot growing crowd, most will have some combo of the T22 strain and maybe one or two others with some Bacillus (sp?) bacteria added..

    what you have to watch out for is how old is it, how was it stored, what is the spore count etc etc etc, most of your lil fly by night hydro shops dont refrigerate, or they remove the expiration dates... etc, best to deal with the major vendors, and even with them I have never got any that wasnt out of date on the first try... so I try to deal direct with the mfg... which isnt a prob usually,

    back to work... break time over
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    Can't really add much since my buddy B here explained it out pretty well. But I will relate my experience a bit as well.

    I can say based on my personal experience as well that I find it very very useful. To be absolutely clear, you don't really see any change in your plants.... trich is not a fertilizer. So you will not see any growth boost....or any thing like that. All you notice is that your plants look healthy and keep growing. The only case of where I saw a "perk up" was in the case with my VFT's getting shock traps all the time. I used trich solution on it and after a month or so...they started making normal traps. Now bear in mind...that shock traps is due to root rot by media compaction.... no aeration etc. I did also poke holes in the media using a stick at the same time and removed the hard carpet of surface moss as well. So yeah.... its not really a good testement....but hey! I love this stuff and I definately will be using it forever as long as I have CP's.

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    Varun brings up a very important point,

    Biocontrols are analogous to eating right and getting your exercise, what you notice is your plants grow better then they did last year, they are more colorful, you no longer have the fungal problems you use to have, the root mass is larger, they are more resistant to disease, you can use greater amounts of fertilizer etc etc etc...

    but then again, many people have "cured" botrytis and other phytopathogen attacks with them as well...

    Personally, I consider them essential...
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    That is very good advice Av.

    What you said about direct from the manufacturers makes a lot of sense.

    These beneficial fungus' sound almost necessary for outdoor growers especially.


    I think you should write a short "sticky" on biocontrols for the forum.
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    Fry,

    Actually the plants that need it the most are our potted TC plants, when propagated in this manner they have been raised in an uber clean, sterile environment. But now without the protection of natural biocontrols they are prime targets for the first pathogen that happens to be floating by or gets carried in by a fungus gnat.

    In nature, beneficial fungi and bacteria are pretty common.. maybe not in the terminator versions that are now available to the hobbyist, but still there in great numbers doing their job.

    When was the last time you saw mother nature using a chemical fungicide. What could be better then a living organism that will seek out the phytopathogen and attack it while at the same time stimulating the host plant's growth

    3.5 billion years of evolution has to be pretty dang good eh

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    Trichoderma is primarily used to reduce to possibility of botrytis infection during dormancy.

    Plants need to be treated a few months beforehand as it takes time for it to grow along the roots, especially in peat. It's invisible by the way.

    In theory it should have any effect on growth, size or flowering and merely reduces the chanc of death by disease.

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