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General topics / wheres bigfatmouthJ?
« on: June 18, 2010, 08:51:56 AM »
has anyone seen her? havent heard from her in a while, starting to worry!

Cultivation / Mythbusting Thread
« on: May 05, 2010, 10:27:28 PM »
ill start this off with a couple myths that are taken as fact by alot of cultivators, anyone feel free to add to the thread any you may have encountered.

poo is hard to work with, smells bad - dried poo smells like dirt, in fact when its pasteurized in an oven it takes on an earthy sweet smell. cow or horse patties found dry in the field need no special leaching or rinsing to use, just shred it and go.

sunflower seeds must be removed first, and wbs must be rinsed and soaked - not true, you can use wbs without any preparation by just adding a measured amount to a mason jar and then adding half the volume of water, then pc'ing  for ninety mins at fifteen psi. you dont even have to remove the dirt and grits.

sterilizing poo renders it useless - false, while some species require the microbes present in pasteurized poo, cubensis do not. pc'ing poo will work great for p. cubensis and reduces the chances of contamination.

incubators are a must - not true, cubes will colonize at room temp, and most strains will also fruit at room temp, seventy two to seventy five.

a casing layer is required to get a good pinset - false, a casing doesnt guarantee a good pinset, nor is it necessary for fruiting cubes in a bulk grow. some species however do need or benefit from a nutritious casing layer but cubes arent one of them.

miracle gro perlite wont work - it works just fine, perlite is one of the best ways to create and maintain the proper humidity in an FC. perlite has tons of little nooks and crannies that slowly release moisture into the air. however you should wash MG perlite well as algae will thrive on the fertilizer its treated with.

bulk growing is difficult and shouldnt be the starting point for a newbie - false, bulk is just as easy as pf tek when you break it down to its simple elements. you nocc up birdseed or rye or whatever, wait for it to colonize, add the spawn to sterilized poo, coir, straw, what have you and let that colonize. then you introduce to fruiting conditions. in a month you can have a bulk grow done from spore to harvest.

layering spawn and substrate is the best way to spawn bulk - false, while layering obviously works it is by no means the best way to go. Evenly and thoroughly mixing your spawn with your sub will cut colonization time in half, ive had subs fully colonized in three days using this method, sometimes two. this also keeps contams from getting a foot hold early on.

you shouldnt mist after pins form or they will abort - not true, while direct misting of the sub is not recommended mushrooms love the mist even after pinning has initiated, just mist around and in the air above the sub.

thats all i can think of now, please add any you have found in your travels with the humble fungus. hope this helps answer some folks q's and dispel some of the myths that are taken as fact.

Cultivation / blue oysters on sawdust+FB spawned two days ago
« on: May 04, 2010, 10:15:27 AM »
These are blue oysters on sawdust spawned on the second, i pc'd the dust for an hour with three grams of fb per bag, two bags. they look nice and healthy, ill be posting updates as i go. this grow is MS>wbs>sawdust+fb

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