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Hmmmm. I spoke with Workman and, based on appearance, he thinks there might be a chance that these Psilocybes aren't ovoids. I thought something was funky with the shape and color of the caps and the seemingly evanescent annulus . Newbie is going to check the stump tomorrow to see if there are any fully mature specimens. If they have no annulus then we'll see how it goes from there.
I'm headed out for the rest of the day, but tomorrow I will put the spores and some gill fragments under my scope and we'll see how things look.
Well I hit up that stump again today and it was bare, just some tiny little pins in the bottom.. I'll come back next week. There were also some of what look to be the same kind of mushroom growing in a completely different area of the woods that Gumby found on a log in a thicket of Japanese Knotweed. When he found them on Sunday they were small and scarce but when I checked today this is what I saw...
How much longer should I give em? I'm gettin kinda antsy. (the biggest mushroom in those pics was probably about 1.5" long)
Really?! That seems too long.. I'm assuming that's to let the pins catch up? Given my experience with psilocybes is pure homegrown, I've never let them get past the breaking of the veil. As long as the adults don't get old and rot before the rest of the pins mature I'll go check them in about a week. My goal here is obviously to come back to a log full of mostly mature mushrooms.
Woodlovers in the wild grow slower than cultivated cubes. You should pick them long after the veils break, they are still growing at that point. They will kick out spores for a week or so, its best to pick them around the time that they are finishing that process but before they start to rot.
Also you can put some sawdust or fresh wood under the mushrooms to catch all the spores that fall.
Awesome. Thanks for the tips! I'll be sure to post lots of pics when I go in for the harvest. I like that idea of putting some fresh wood there too. There are so many fallen and rotted logs around there I'd love to set up a nice pile of rotting wood for next season. I'll have to do some reading on the types of wood they like too... I'm a total newb at identifying vegetation but after seeing with my own eyes that wild edible and active mushrooms are in my area I might as well start learning it now.
Bring along a hatchet and cut up some hardwood to feed them. Alder or apple or something.
Your best bet is to figure out what type of wood they are growing on now and then find some that is dead but not colonized yet, and chop it up into smaller peices and bury it along with the spawn and put chips of it under the mushrooms as they drop spores.
That tree was rotted out enough that I could probably break off some pieces at the other end by hand and move them under what's growing. I pulled a piece of it apart and found pins inside of that as well so I'm willing to bet there's a whole colony in there. I'd really like to get in there and see what's growing but I don't wanna destroy the mycelial network that it has going.
I don't even have a hatchet but I'll find a way to get rest of that log (a good 3-4ft section) that doesn't have any growth under what's growing.
On a side note, this is the area where we found the majority of those giant morels. Do you think once the area dries up to what it was before more morels will pop out of it? I'm hoping for another haul before the season's over.
If you're not working on Saturday I'll drive down and we can do some hardcore hiking and hopefully find several new patches. I say we go up past that old train trestle, but this time we'll walk along the power lines. None of the weeding our way though the jungle shit we did last time. That sucked a little bit.
Did the second patch (where you found those guys) seem to be trampled again? You think other locals know what's up still?
Quote: Gumby said: You think other locals know what's up still?
That's what I'm worried about. I didn't see any new footprints and we did a thorough search so I'm not sure if it's us or someone else. I did my best to cover it up a bit with foliage but we'll see when we go back to check it. That log looks so promising, I'd be SOOOOO disappointed if I get there and it's picked clean.
Gumby told me to pick them today so I did. I felt bad picking some of these little ones but their caps were just about open so I knew they were gonna end up little anyway. A lot were a part of a cluster too and came RIGHT OFF with the slightest tug lol.
There were a lot of little pins forming as well. I have a feeling it's going to look even better in a week or so when I go back. Hopefully this is the start of a beautiful patch. I'm taking 6 prints from the largest ones I saw.
Hmm.. I mean these are showing insane signs of being actives but they're drying to a color I'm not used to. The caps are turning a dark shade of grey. I'll check on the prints tomorrow, but does this new info clarify the ID any?
Gumby I ave been searching out morels lately on a lg creek bottom in my area haven't found any yet though I did find some partially decayed suspected oysters and some ?able possible P.Cearulipes [look very similar to my cubes]bruising was faint & spore print didn't have a purple tint just dark brownish I think the area i am hunting may be too damp. BTW I am out of town till next week will try to post pics next week [If I can get good ones] New flushes were just starting day before I left.