Yachaj describes the PF Stropharia
The PF Stropharia combines a great sporulation capacity with an easily
printable cap (no slimey veil remnants hanging from it), an extremely
agressive mycelium, strong blueing of the flesh, a solid stem and a top
notch harvest on PF Substrate (usually in bouquets of smaller potent
mushrooms instead of a few weak large ones). It is a winner on all qualities
which are important for a cubie except for its pinning speed (PF Classic is
Please help to preserve this unique Psilocybe cubensis race. Spread its spores
as prolific as possible but - do not change the name PF Stropharia.
This genotype was a present from me
to PF. Everybody may distribute its spores, but the name stays.
- do not change the substrate. This is a PF TEK / hippie tek only cubie!
The origin of the PF Stropharia
At this moment there are two versions of the story. According
to my notes the PF Stropharia was born in January 1997. It came up in a jar
of PF Substrate which was gamma ray sterilized instead of steam sterilized.
The difference between cold and hot sterilization is that in cold
sterilizations (with gamma flash) the substrate remains raw. The mycelia
have a slight difficulty in colonizing it and pinning is delayed. This is
not an advantage so I terminated the gamma flash experiments, but according
to my notes the PF Stropharia came up from one of those jars - from PF
Classic spores obtained from PF in 1995.
But as anyone can see, the PF Stropharia looks very different from the PF
Classic. It has scales on the cap while the PF Classic is smooth. It has a
ring around the stem, the mycelium is much denser. It doesn't look like a
PF Classic offspring at all.
So PF's explanation of this that I made a mistake. That the PF Stropharia is
a genotype I received from someone else and that I mislabeled the jars.
When I look at the mushroom I would say that PF is right. His explanation is
the most simple one and in science the simplest explanations are usually
right. The Stropharia is too different from the Classic to be offspring.
But at the same time this explanation is difficult fo me to accept because I
didn't have so many different cubies back then. I had only
2 cubies which liked PF Substrate (the PF classic and the 'Amazonian' from
the Hawaiian vendor Pacific Exotic Spora which PF now distributes under the name
'Hawaiian'). So if I mislableled the jar then still the origin of the
PF Stropharia is a mystery.
The meaning of PF "Stropharia"
The name PF refers to Psylocybe Fanaticus, the inventor of the substrate
which this cubensis race seems to like best. Stropharia refers to the
appearance of it. The veil which protects the spores during the first
stage of the mushroom growth sticks to the stem when he cap unfolds,
leaving a ring. This looks like a belt. Stropharia means Swortbelt in
This is an invitro fruiting in a drinking glass.
Photo from Yachaj - also published in the Entheogen
Review article by Yachaj - "Mushroom cultivation - from
falconer to Fanaticus and beyond".
Grow Mushrooms from Spores
PF-Tek voor de
gewone man | La PF-Tek pour
für einfache Gemüter | PF-Tek
Fatica | PF-Tek
iesacejiem | PF-Tek
Paprastoms Mintims | PF-Tek for
Lavpanner | PF-Tek pentru
oameni simpli | PF-Tek na
jednostavan nacin | PF-Tek za
telebane | PF-Tek para
Mentes Simples | PF-Tek
för latmaskar |
Hood - Build a HEPA filter flowhood | Hotte de
ventilation laminaire - Construire une hotte avec un filtre HEPA
azurescens outdoor cultivation | Culture
extérieure du Psilocybe azurescens | Psilocybe
azurescens buitenkweek |
for Simple Minds | Graan
voor de gewone man | Método
para torpes de preparación de grano | Granaglie
Senza Fatica | Le
Grain pour les nuls | Grudai?
of Gas Exchange | Het
belang van gaswisseling | Oro
kaitos svarbumas | L’Importance
des Échanges de Gaz |
filter lid for Simple Minds | Polyfil
filterdeksels voor de gewone man | Polyfill for
Simple Minds italiano | Método
para torpes de elaboración de filtros de fibra de
poliéster | Dangtelis
su filtru | Couvercle avec
filtre Polyfill pour les nuls |
Pouring Agar for
Simple Minds | Agar
uitgieten voor de gewone man | Versare l'Agar
Senza Fatica (...e senza condensa) | Método
para torpes de llenado de placas petri con agar | Couler
l’Agar pour les nuls |
Simple Minds | Klonen
voor de gewone man | Método
para torpes de clonación de setas | Le clonage
pour les nuls | Clonagem
para Mentes Simples | Klonavimas
cooker test | Snelkookpan
test | Test
della pentola a pressione | Test
para comprobar el correcto funcionamiento de ollas a presión
para a Panela de Pressão | Test
de cuiseur sous pression |
Cooker Use |
filter discs test |
Inoculation Technique | Technique
d'Inoculation de Mycélium |
Het Bedekken van PF-Cakes | PF-Tek
pyrageliu aptaisymas | Casing pour
gâteaux PF-Tek | Casing
pentru prajituri PF