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...Trying a new strain and it won't pin. Any tricks? I have never scratched the surface to induce pinning but have heard others tell of it. Or maybe an extreme temperature drop? It just sits in its fully colonized bags of sawdust and bran.
Try waiting 6-8 weeks for it to colonize and 3 weeks in the FC. Slow down the process. I was try to push my kings to fast, and they don't like that. Scracthing can give even pin set and higher yeilds but it is not neccesary.
What is your substrate? Fruiting conditions? I just used a casing layer for the first time with kings and it worked out well. I had a bucket grow that i wound up just taking the top off and cutting the liner bag back. Nothing happened for a while and i had just cased my portabella and had some left over. I first cased half the exposed surface. Then a few days later i noticed pins popping through the cased side of the bucket. I then cased the rest. Got an ok flush from the original cased half and now have a second flush poping up all over. I have also just put into fruiting my first quart jar of supplemented saw dust that had been scratched, recolonized, then just tonight put into fruiting. Time will tell how this works out.
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