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Mushroom cultivation => Cultivation => Topic started by: atinama on March 18, 2006, 12:01:51 AM

Title: Casing soil PH
Post by: atinama on March 18, 2006, 12:01:51 AM
If somebody want to case mycelium cakes (http://www.fungifun.org/English/Casing), he should add any powder which? contains high amounts of CaCO3 to reduce acidity if the soil is acid...
 
PH level range from 1 to 14.
 
1 means that soil is acid. 14 means? alkaline. And 7 means that soil is neutral.

the soil with 7 PH level could be used for casing mushrooms... if the PH level is 6, 5 or lower you should add substance which will raise the PH level and the soil will be neutral.

Substances in powder:

- limestone
- dolomite
- whiting (chalk)
- even ash
Title: Re: Casing soil PH
Post by: atinama on March 25, 2006, 09:06:10 AM
cased mycelium cake with potting soil (PH 7,2) and vermiculite.

ready to initiate pinning?

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c26/glotniagalve/Pict0175.jpg)



Title: Re: Casing soil PH
Post by: anno on March 27, 2006, 04:42:54 AM
Yes, spray the stands down a bit with some water to knock them back, so they don't regrow the casing and then place it into the fruiting chamber.
Title: Re: Casing soil PH
Post by: atinama on March 27, 2006, 11:18:01 AM
(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c26/glotniagalve/interrarium.jpg)
Title: Re: Casing soil PH
Post by: atinama on April 01, 2006, 12:21:18 PM
this morning I identified pin heads...
very important day-my first pins
(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c26/glotniagalve/pinning.jpg)
(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c26/glotniagalve/pinheads.jpg)

Title: Re: Casing soil PH
Post by: atinama on April 02, 2006, 12:16:13 PM
(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c26/glotniagalve/pinss.jpg)
Title: Re: Casing soil PH
Post by: anno on April 02, 2006, 02:16:34 PM
looks good!
Title: Re: Casing soil PH
Post by: atinama on April 04, 2006, 09:17:45 AM
(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c26/glotniagalve/firstflush.jpg)
Title: Re: Casing soil PH
Post by: anno on April 04, 2006, 11:27:05 PM
Nice! Don't forget to take spore prints when they open!
Title: Re: Casing soil PH
Post by: atinama on April 05, 2006, 10:03:54 PM
Does it possible to innitiate second flush?

First flush gave 19 mushrooms... Normal?

some mushrooms are as twice smaller than the biggest ones, why does it happens?

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c26/glotniagalve/mush.jpg)
Title: Re: Casing soil PH
Post by: anno on April 06, 2006, 01:36:57 AM
>Does it possible to innitiate second flush?

Read What should I do after harvest?  (http://www.shroomery.org/index.php/par/23451)

>some mushrooms are as twice smaller than the biggest ones, why does it happens?

Nature works this way. Not all apples on a tree are the same size, the same with mushrooms.
Title: Re: Casing soil PH
Post by: atinama on April 08, 2006, 02:11:16 AM
(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c26/glotniagalve/cup.jpg)

3,5 cm (1,38") diameter print

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c26/glotniagalve/print.jpg)

prints

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c26/glotniagalve/prints.jpg)
Title: Re: Casing soil PH
Post by: anno on April 08, 2006, 06:00:14 AM
Good work!
Title: Re: Casing soil PH
Post by: atinama on April 15, 2006, 11:10:15 PM
at the first experiment which pictures are above I used a potting soil which was boiled in microwave in order to sterilize it... somehow I got only one strain of fruits instead of two different strains, because there was two different strain cakes in different fruiting chambers with the same conditions.
this time I crumbled cakes into pieces and used the same potting soil just without boiling it. The result is that I have fruits of two strains.?

Apparently the process goes better with the second test...

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c26/glotniagalve/1mm.jpg)
(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c26/glotniagalve/2mm.jpg)
(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c26/glotniagalve/mm.jpg)

Now I have the same problem with "redboy". This strain was cased at the same time like the others two strains which are above just the potting soil was boiled in microwave in order to sterilize it, and till now any pin appeared.

Conditions are the same... results different! ?

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c26/glotniagalve/rb1.jpg)
(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c26/glotniagalve/rb2.jpg)
(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c26/glotniagalve/rb.jpg)

I'm thinking about putting more potting soil on the surface of the casing...
would it be a good idea or you have any other suggestions?