Support plants for a lifetime with mycorrhizal fungi

Mycorrhizal fungi has become a planting essential thanks to its incredible abilities to create a secondary root system, supporting plants and trees throughout their lifetime, helping them to grow stronger and healthier.  

Rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi is produced by natural gardening brand Empathy, and once added at the point of planting the clever fungi attaches itself to the plants’ roots and grows outward, searching for nutrients and water to feed them, helping to increase their tolerance to drought and adverse soil conditions.

The fungi provides long-term plant health as it has the ability to transport nutrients and water, reducing the need for chemical fertilisers. It also supports different growth stages of plants and, through its underground root network, this friendly fungi can connect with plants nearby and stimulate the plants’ own natural defence mechanism.

Endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society rootgrow™ is used widely by RHS gardeners thanks to its ability to establish plants with greater vigour, produce better-developed root systems for more resilient plants.

Empathy uses rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi across its entire product range, creating quick and easy solutions for seasonal planting and growing. It’s Starter range includes, Basket Starter, Bulb Starter and Tomato Starter, each has been formulated to provide the right amount of mycorrhizal fungi and plant supporting bacteria and enzymes, it is also used across the Supreme Green Lawn Care range and its After Plant Granular Feeds.

How do I apply mycorrhizal fungi?

Empathy’s rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi is available as a granular additive which should be added to the planting hole when planting in both open soil and containers, ensure the roots of the plant come into contact with the rootgrow, backfill and water as normal.

Rootgrow™ Gel has been specially developed for bare root plants and trees, simply add the solution to water and dip the roots before planting as normal.

When using mycorrhizal fungi with plant seeds simply sprinkle along the seed drill or add a pinch of granules just below the position of each seed or bulb. Cover with a small amount of soil and plant as usual.

Which plants benefit from mycorrhizal fungi?

The majority of trees, plants, shrubs and edibles can benefit from mycorrhizal fungi, for rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries use specially formulated rootgrow™ ericoid.

Can I apply mycorrhizal fungi after planting?

Mycorrhizal fungi is best used at the point of planting, however established plants can still benefit. Use Empathy’s After Plant natural plant food, which combines mycorrhizal fungi and beneficial nutrients and microbes that help to release more nutrients in the soil over time.

To find more about Empathy’s rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi and the wider range of natural gardening products visit


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