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I have a monotub going that is about ~50% colonized and I just noticed a fruit this morning. The problem is probably because I used a pretty low spawn ratio 2 quarts of spawn to 1 brick of coir. Should I put it into fruiting conditions and just take what I get or should I keep it shut and let it colonize a little longer?
what are your colonizing conditions? i would advize making sure your polyfil holes are taped up, wrap the whole FC in a big trash bag, then wrap it all up in a thick blanket and stick it in a closet until it's colonized.
keep a lookout for contam... i just realized you said a whole brick of coir... in one FC? damn dude...
The colonizing conditions are pretty much exactly as you suggest. The brick of coir is one of the small lizard bedding ones from a pet store...not the giant industrial size ones. It's probably 7 quarts of coir, 1 quart of verm and 2 quarts of spawn.
2 quarts of spawn to 1 brick of coir.....it might not colonize all the way. Wait to see how long it takes another fruit to pop up, and if it's soon, put it to fruiting conditions and take what you can get
What do you mean "shut it"? If it's colonizing, you have all of your holes taped up and keep the lid on for 10-14 days, on average. Never take your lid off while it's still colonizing. If you opened the top before it was time, you gave it enough air to start fruiting. I would keep the holes taped and keep the lid on until you hit 14 days, or until it looks mostly white (mine never achieve solid white). The pins that are there will just have to fend for themselves. Better to let them suffer by not having any fresh air than to expose your entire sub to a possible contam!
Might be a loose fitting lid? Ideally, your tubs should colonize, consolidate and then start pinning before you ever give it it's first breath of fresh air. I would keep it shut until at least 10 days have gone bye. 14, if you're feeling particularly patient.
In a monotub early pinning usually means contamination. Something went wrong. Maybe bad spawn or improper pasteurization technique. Try introducing it to fruiting conditions and see what happens. Uncolonized coir is fairly resistant to trichoderma and other molds but watch out for suspicious spots.
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I used 6 quarts spawn... per one brick coco coir + verm
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I usually use 5 quarts spawn. I just only had two left and decided to have a go at a low spawn ratio to see what would come of it. It's been a few days since I posted this and since then I picked the fruit and shut the lid. It's colonized a lot more since then. It's now about 75% and no signs of contam. We'll see what happens. On a side note I just checked my outdoor patch and found a cluster of about 7 BIG fruits. Temps are finally in the 80's and it's been raining like a mofo....woo hoo!