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jaroon

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Ideas before I get started - input please
« on: September 30, 2004, 01:15:02 AM »

I travel for a living, but when I am home I think I may be able to cultivate. If not, im disappointed! I expect to be out of town for 3 weeks. I am using an aussie strain.

So, in order for me to yeild 3 waves using pf tek method, I have some questions about automated setups.

Here is my plan:
substrate and innoculate jars/glasses before I leave town (est 6 cakes). Setup everything for incubation in my closet - inside one of my rubbermaid storage containers.
I expect to have this environment to be tested for accuracy before I leave town using a meter. Preferrably keeping it at a medium temp so colonization does not occur too quickly. After all of this has been setup, I leave town.

When I get home, I expect the cakes to be colonized, and pinning (or close to it).  Birth and begin the fruiting using perlite - follow the pf tek manual from then on, with only one variation - your tin foil method instead of using a cap.

While I am expecting these to fruit, time is VERY important, cause I leave town 2 weeks after I get home, is it possible to get maximum flushes and yield in that amount of time after beginning the fruiting process? I read so much about it, and found it to be too variable to count on maximum yield. I really want to try this, but I want to know if I am wasting my time, or if I am going to miss one of my flushes due to my time constraint.

Will using smaller containers during substration allow for a faster fruiting process? I understand that there will be less area for the mycelium to grow, hence a faster colonization as well, but under cold temperatures I can safely be gone for 21 days and not ruin my cakes.

Any tips or ways I can modify my method for me to be able to cultivate in this lifestyle? Or do I need to move to washington to pick em?
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Ideas before I get started - input please
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2004, 03:21:13 AM »

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I travel for a living, but when I am home I think I may be able to cultivate. If not, im disappointed! I expect to be out of town for 3 weeks. I am using an aussie strain.

So, in order for me to yeild 3 waves using pf tek method, I have some questions about automated setups.

Here is my plan:
[size=8]substrate and innoculate jars/glasses before I leave town (est 6 cakes). Setup everything for incubation in my closet - inside one of my rubbermaid storage containers.
I expect to have this environment to be tested for accuracy before I leave town using a meter. Preferrably keeping it at a medium temp so colonization does not occur too quickly. After all of this has been setup, I leave town.[/size]

[size=8]When I get home, I expect the cakes to be colonized, and pinning (or close to it).  Birth and begin the fruiting using perlite - follow the pf tek manual from then on, with only one variation - your tin foil method instead of using a cap.[/size]

This should work, the temperature should be just right, too high and there will be invitro pinning way before you get back. Either way a three week colonization will be normal for most cubensis strains.

[size=8]While I am expecting these to fruit, time is VERY important, cause I leave town 2 weeks after I get home, is it possible to get maximum flushes and yield in that amount of time after beginning the fruiting process? I read so much about it, and found it to be too variable to count on maximum yield. I really want to try this, but I want to know if I am wasting my time, or if I am going to miss one of my flushes due to my time constraint.

Will using smaller containers during substration allow for a faster fruiting process? I understand that there will be less area for the mycelium to grow, hence a faster colonization as well, but under cold temperatures I can safely be gone for 21 days and not ruin my cakes.[/size]

I would think it is about the surface area that determines the type of flush you get. In my experience (many years ago), once the cubensis cake starts to fruit, a flush will go on for about three days at most, and will be followed by another in about 5-7 days. You would safely get two flushes in a couple of weeks.  If you are going to case (i couldnt glean this from your post or because of my ignorance of the tek) then you will need to add at least a week to your growing cycle, because it would take that long for a casing to colonize. If you are looking for a single massive flush, use flat containers, give the fungus the maximum surface area for fruiting (exposed to natural light and humid air)possible.

BTW, Do you mean casing by substration?


Any tips or ways I can modify my method for me to be able to cultivate in this lifestyle? Or do I need to move to washington to pick em?
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2004, 03:19:23 PM »

BTW, Do you mean casing by substration? [/i][/size]
Yes

I have also posted on shroomery for even more input, and other users offered some suggestions that better suit my situation, so my yields can be more plentiful, and I will have less chance of failure. I am switching to rye, and using invitro method so I can avoid transfer and possible contamination. Seems my methods were a little too rigged for good cultivation, so its a must that I change my plan.

Guess I am saying, that plan has been scratched!

Thank for the input though!
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