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Popcorn and straw
    #2211912 - 12/31/03 03:33 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Ok so its been awhile since i have been growing, last time i was just using popcorn and got ok results but i want a better pin set. I think i read somewhere that this is the problem with popcorn. Now is there anyway to increase the pin set on this media I was thinking about using a small amount of straw as a top layer before i case the stuff with vermiculite.


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Re: Popcorn and straw [Re: EvilGir]
    #2211919 - 12/31/03 03:36 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Have you experienced this with any other substrates. Are you patching your casings?


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Re: Popcorn and straw [Re: SixCee]
    #2212002 - 12/31/03 04:07 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Well Yeah I had the same problem with BRF, but not as bad, I just cant seem to get a decent pin set, I have used BRF but i find that Popcorn is a lot easy to use and not as messy. I usualy get the pins loc alising in one area and not the whole tray. For the humidity i just use perlite. But popcorn for me is the medium of choice i can create A LOT of cultures ect with no contams in a short period of time. I just wish I had a good pin set.


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Re: Popcorn and straw [Re: EvilGir]
    #2212032 - 12/31/03 04:17 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

First of all you can add peat to your vermiculite. You'll get better pinsets with peat and lime added to the verm. Also, make sure you break up the substrate well and lay everything down evenly. It should colonize the whole area almost completely evenly -- if not, and you still have patches, something is wrong. Did you make the casing airy when applying it (I crumble it between my fingers when applying it.) Is the moisture correct? Was everything mixed well?

If you get even colonization, you should see an even spread of white poking through in spots all around. Don't let big patches form -- patch these as soon as it's a problem. Fruit it when you see even spots poking through -- fuck percentages -- as long as it's even.

Also -- I only fan every other day when running through the casing because CO2 buildup speeds things up a bit -- just watch out for yeasts. It hardly ever takes more than 3 or 4 days, though, if you do it right.

If you do all this right you should be fine, except for the occasional fluke.

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Re: Popcorn and straw [Re: EvilGir]
    #2212077 - 12/31/03 04:45 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

I don't belive that popcorn is a poor substrate when it's time for a good pinset. Most of my best results were done with popcorn casings and it's definately the easiest way to go for me.

I always use a mix of coco-coir and verm for my casing layer and just put enough to cover the substrate.

These pics are *all* from strait popcorn casings with coco-coir/verm.















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Re: Popcorn and straw [Re: EvilGir]
    #2278593 - 01/27/04 07:58 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

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jezu said:
Ok so its been awhile since i have been growing, last time i was just using popcorn and got ok results but i want a better pin set. I think i read somewhere that this is the problem with popcorn. Now is there anyway to increase the pin set on this media I was thinking about using a small amount of straw as a top layer before i case the stuff with vermiculite.




Why not spawn the popcorn into pasteurized straw/poo in a rubbermaid container?


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