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Endo Smoke

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Straw / Jiffy Mix
    #1484668 - 04/23/03 01:15 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Heres my story. I am seeking some kinda advise as to what i should do next. I may have made mistakes, but any way to attempt to fix them would be appreciated.

A while ago, a friend innoculated a box lined with a trash bag with straw. He made about 10 layers of straw, and crumbled popcorn. The temperature was kept at 80-85 degrees for about 2 weeks when it seemed to be about 100% colonized. At that point we went to walmart and bought jiffymix(50/50 verm/peatmoss+dash of lime) then applied a casing layer of about 1 inch. After a week, there was no sign of growth in the casing layer whatsoever, so i decided to poke around and see whats up. I dug a liittle, and it was slowly colonizing. Durring this process, some straw was exposed to the surface, and left. The straw hasnt really done anything bad, but it had colonized more of the surace of the casing that other parts, and that leads to my current problem.

One part of the casing layer where the mycelium was thick, a pin showed up. Next day, another pin showed up. There are now about 3 in this heavily colonized area, and none anywhere else. There are spots of mycelium all over, but nothign too thick, except around hte edges of the box. This whole time it has been about 80 degrees, but yesterday i dropped the temp to 75degrees, and upped the humidity, and gave it a little light. Was this wrong? I want a good flush, as soon as possible... I dont know if i should put more casing layer down and incubate more, or just keep going for fruits?

If i need to add new casing, would i pick the pins off? Or what. If not, will the not so colonized area colonize soon enough, or will i get a very little # of fruits?


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Re: Straw / Jiffy Mix [Re: tak_old]
    #1486054 - 04/23/03 02:33 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

I would have left it at incubator temps around 80F+ but sence you have already dropped the temps to fruiting conditions i would just go ahead and continue on the path your going, sounds like you know your stuff so you should be fine. Give it another 2-3days and if you dont see that many more pins then pick those sucker and recase those spots with some 50/50 peat/verm very lightly and up the temps to around 82F and drop the humidity to about 65%-70% RH tell most of the case layer is colonized so you have a more even flush.

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Re: Straw / Jiffy Mix [Re: tak_old]
    #1486086 - 04/23/03 02:41 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

if you had mycellium coming through all the casing layer, that was the right time to drop temp. I would even go down to 72, if you can. Sounds like you're in for a nice flush.


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Re: Straw / Jiffy Mix [Re: Raadt]
    #1496241 - 04/26/03 06:10 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

There were like 5-6 pins, but in the last 4 days none of them have had any growth, however one of them is almost fully mature. These pins/mushroom are only in 1 little corner of the casing, and there are no pins whatsoever near the rest... Is this bad? Room temp was also dropped to 70

Edited by tak (04/26/03 06:11 PM)

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