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Straw growing from my casing
    #1527524 - 05/07/03 02:42 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

I posted this in general cultivation without luck. Its been a few days now, and Ive forgotten about it. When i came back from my road trip for a few days I had a few sprouts popping up from my straw casing... I picked them off, then went ahead and cased it with coir/ground vermiculite. Today the casing layer is colonizing slowly, but a couple more straw grass like things popped up. I heard that straw seeds are a good source of contam, but i see nothing of the sort, is straw growing a bad thing, or just the way of hte natural cycle


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Re: Straw growing from my casing [Re: tak_old]
    #1527566 - 05/07/03 03:02 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

first of all, straw and hay are two different things. straw is what is left after grains have been harvested; its bright yellow, rough and dry. Hay is more akin to grass and is usually green(ish), not coarse, and not dry. Straw is what everyone uses, but some supplement their substrate with hay. With hay, I belive stamets says to not use more than 20% (not sure about this %) hay if used at all because it IS contaminant prone.

If your using either one or the other (which is likely b/c thats how you buy it), you are probably using straw. you probably wouldnt have a fully colonized, uncontaminated substrate if you were using hay. About the straw popping up, my foaf has had that happen on occasion as the mycelleum grows up through the casing. dont worry about it, just make sure you pick out exposed straw, as straw is also prone to contaminants (less so than hay) when it is exposed.
Hope this helps. -MM


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Re: Straw growing from my casing [Re: tak_old]
    #1527612 - 05/07/03 03:10 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Are you trying to say that the fresh grass is growing trough your casing?
If you're growing outdoors then that's OK but if you're growing indoors then it means that you didn't pasteurize substrate and you'll very likely get contamns.


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Re: Straw growing from my casing [Re: zeronio]
    #1528441 - 05/07/03 08:15 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Its indoors, yes. It is also straw. I pasturized it for an hour and 15 mins at about 172. It has never happend in any other attempts, just this one. Weird.


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