Promoting good mycorrhiza growth in Spruces?

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How can i go about this? i heard that another CBS' needles, in a bag with some water (effectively making them rot) then sprinkling on soil is one of the best way to incorporate into my Bonsai... will this work?
 

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How can i go about this? i heard that another CBS' needles, in a bag with some water (effectively making them rot) then sprinkling on soil is one of the best way to incorporate into my Bonsai... will this work?
I doubt this will do much of anything except make a slimy mess.

Myc fungus does not grow on needles. It grows on roots. Myc is not some magic mushroom that will cause development miracles. It can help, but only a bit. Some trees don't even associate with them.

The best way to inoculate your soil with the right species is to find a healthy CBS and take some of the soil from its roots and sprinkle that onto the root zone of your tree.
 

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Another method is to incorporate chopped charcoal in your substrate mix and give it an initial dose of osmocote. According to Japanese experimental data, charcoal is a very good substrate supplement if you want mycorhization.
 
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