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PF - Tek / Fruiting Questions (with pics)
« on: November 17, 2010, 09:51:07 PM »
Hey guys,

So far this forum has been the answer to all of my problems as a first time grower and I'm happy to report that I am well into the fruiting process of my first grow.

However, I've encountered somewhat of an issue - the fruiting seems to be a rather slow process. It's been 8 days in the fruiting chamber and I've had but 1 pin, which popped up on the 6th day, and seems to be growing well. Is this pace reasonable, or could I be encountering problems? It seems odd that on two cakes I have only 1 tiny mushroom, 8 days into fruiting. Thank you very much once again for the insight guys.

Here are the pics



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PF - Tek / Colonization questions... (updated with pictures)
« on: November 04, 2010, 03:19:40 PM »
Hey,

I've followed the Pf-Tek rather meticulously over the past 25 days and noticed the spread of mycelium essentially seemed to halt after about  18 days. The problem is, I'm not sure if it's fully colonized. There's still about 1/4 inch of verm that hasn't been colonized at the top. I've waited for a week to see if there would be any growth and there hasn't been.

My question is, am I ready to begin the fruiting process? I'll try and post some pictures here soon for you so you guys can tell me what you think.

Thank you!!


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PF - Tek / Newbie: Questions regarding fruiting and yield of cakes.
« on: October 19, 2010, 10:53:46 AM »
Hello all,

I would like to thank everyone on this site first of all for providing awesome information. Growing mushrooms for the first time has been remarkably straight forward given all of the information found on this site.

That said, I have a few questions and I would appreciate any/all advice.

I recently inoculated 2 jars to begin with and was delighted to see the growth of mycelium within 5 days. I'm currently awaiting full colonization but am already wondering about fruiting.

The pictures/descriptions in the Pf-Tek series do not mention things such as soaking the colonized cakes overnight and later coating them in dry verm to fruit, while the videos provided (Part 4) advocate this. Is it necessary to soak/coat the cakes to initiate fruiting?

Also, the videos do not mention "pinning" unless I am mistaken. Is pinning necessary before you begin fruiting?

And, finally, what kind of yield can I expect from 2 1/2 pint cakes? I inoculated each with ~1.5 cc's of Golden Mammoth spores.

Thank you so much!!


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