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OfflineMarooned
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Low Humidity?
    #1463615 - 04/16/03 01:43 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

II'm using a large plastic container, purchased from Wal-Mart, to birth my cakes in. I've put about two inches of perlite in the bottom. I've experimented with the water levels, at times being about one inch, at others, just wetting the perlite, and draining out any excess. I'm using a thermometer/humidity guage I purchased from Wal-Mart as well. It only registers around 90% humidity. I'm willing to write this off as incorrect, as I've heard they can be, because the sides and top of the container I'm using have moisture all over them. Problem is, of the mushrooms that have grown out of my cakes so far, they are all white, which means that mycelium is growing on the outside, which is a symptom of low humidity, correct? Does this mean that those mushrooms are no good, or should not be eaten? Suggestions?


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Re: Low Humidity? [Re: Marooned]
    #1463769 - 04/16/03 02:31 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

your humidity is not too low. if anything, it's too high.

your humidity gauge is off. alot of humidity gauges you buy are gonna be inaccurate. they're not really important though for growing cakes with perlite humidification because the perlite's gonna keep that humidity up around 100%.

if you've get wet perlite in there, and your walls are dripping wet, your humidity is close to 100%. don't worry about that humidity gauge.

mycelium growing up the stems of mushrooms is actually a symptom of excessive humidity. it's not a problem, it doesn't mean you can't eat the mushrooms. i can't think of a reason why it'd be detrimental, except that it's nasty to look at and can rot easily...

to adjust your humidity down a tad for fruiting, try cracking the lid on your terrarium a little after pins have formed.


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Re: Low Humidity? [Re: ]
    #1463785 - 04/16/03 02:44 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

^^^

So a good way to lower humidity in a perlite set-up would be to let some air out.....so like making a few small holes in the container would be a good idea to try to lower the humidity? Am I correct?


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Re: Low Humidity? [Re: DannyBoy]
    #1463795 - 04/16/03 02:48 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

yes.


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Re: Low Humidity? [Re: ]
    #1463803 - 04/16/03 02:51 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

coolio.....now that solves my problem :smile:


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