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sub-mycelial moisturization
    #1674944 - 06/30/03 09:31 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

i would like to know whether it would be better to use perlite underneath a substrate to re-moisturize or use a second casing, like a fungal sandwich. Also, would the moisture be carried to the top of the substrate or would the mushrooms just try to grow on the bottom of the substrate?

If this were put into practice, the setup would be whole grain rye in 9x9(?) inch pans with a casing of 50%verm to 50%peatmoss/cocacoir w/lime.


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Re: sub-mycelial moisturization [Re: Dr_Bloothumb]
    #1675004 - 06/30/03 09:55 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

i have had good results using an inch layer of wet verm under the substrate in a casing.


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Re: sub-mycelial moisturization [Re: mushroomspoon]
    #1675030 - 06/30/03 10:05 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

do you use new vermiculite with new flushes?


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Re: sub-mycelial moisturization [Re: mushroomspoon]
    #1675033 - 06/30/03 10:06 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

I agree.


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Re: sub-mycelial moisturization [Re: soochi]
    #1675296 - 06/30/03 11:32 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

From my experience and readings it seems as though you should have no layer under your substrate just a casing layer on top. I know that perlite will easily lead to contams but havn't heard about verm. With your findings does a verm bottom help keep them hydrated through multiple flushes? Would keeping a high humidity in the terrarium yeild the same results?


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Re: sub-mycelial moisturization [Re: Dr_Bloothumb]
    #1675485 - 07/01/03 12:34 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

A friend has had a number of casings go Toxic when he used a layer of wet verm on the bottom of substrate. The green mold was slowly developing under the mycelium layer and then overtook it and broke out everywhere....no chance of cutting out the bad parts when its ALL BAD :sad: :thumbdown: 


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Re: sub-mycelial moisturization [Re: Zodiacz]
    #1675512 - 07/01/03 12:42 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

You know, you can use perlite as a casing layer. It's been done before, but not recommended.


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Re: sub-mycelial moisturization [Re: redfoot]
    #1677185 - 07/01/03 04:30 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

just don't over water your casings. the moist verm bottom shouldn't be sopping wet. it helps with water retention and aerating the bottom of the casing which sometimes can get water logged.


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