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Mushroom cultivation => PF - Tek => Topic started by: muffinman on May 07, 2008, 05:37:30 PM

Title: 100% colonization
Post by: muffinman on May 07, 2008, 05:37:30 PM
how long after 100% coloniztion should i wait before i "birth" the cakes? also i saw a video where the guy rolled the cakes around in i think vermiculite after dunking them and before putting them in the fruitin chamber, is this right?
Title: Re: 100% colonization
Post by: anno on May 08, 2008, 12:54:43 AM
From http://www.fungifun.org/English/Pftek#a6

"Within 5-10 days (with certain mushroom strains it can however take up to 30 days) pinhead-size accumulations of mycelium should form. These so called pins represent the beginning of mushroom growth. In the following days also small mushrooms with brown heads become visible. When this is the case it's time to birth the cake into the fruiting container where the mushrooms can develop to maturity.
Some strains don't easily develop pins. In this case put the colonized jar wrapped in a plastic bag in the fridge over night and then proceed to fruiting next day, even if the cake doesn't show pins yet. This cold shocking usually helps trigger pinning somewhat."