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flaxftw

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new to growing, need some simple questions answered
« on: June 10, 2011, 08:43:57 PM »

well im planning to grow common mushrooms like oyster, white button, and possibly shitake (i think i forgot another one, commonly sold in stores)

ive done my research and i only have 1 problem

after the mycelium colonize the jar of sterelized rye grain....

questions:
what substrate should i use for each of those mushrooms (ive seen people grow shitakes on cakes (pf ect)

i want the top layer and bottom layer (ect compost and peat moss)

also, in the jar with the rye do i have to put another layer of some sort of material on top of the rye?

i want all substrater to be easily bought in stores even it it sacrafices a bit of yield.


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Re: new to growing, need some simple questions answered
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2011, 08:11:33 AM »

also would you be kind and tell me how to place tthe spawn in it? or can you just grow mushrooms in the grain spawn?
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Re: new to growing, need some simple questions answered
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2011, 04:10:33 PM »

Hi.

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questions:
what substrate should i use for each of those mushrooms (ive seen people grow shitakes on cakes (pf ect)

1. Oyster is a good one for begginers, they can be grown on anything from the readily available pasturized newspaper, or coffee grounds. However, they probably do better on a sawdust block mixture.

2. White button is more difficult to grow, but still easily grown; they grow well on composted manures. They, unlike oyster or shiitake mushrooms are secondary decomposers instead of primary decomposers.

3. Shiitake grows well on sawdust blocks that have been sterilised, or in logs using shiitake dowels.


Personally I would make a sterilised mycobag of sawdust for the shiitake and oyster, than use 2-4ml of liquid culture media to inoculate them using good sterile technique. But you can use agar wedges, modified deli cups, and a pressure cooker to go about it as well - like I did in this image:
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