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OfflineMrGrib
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Popcorn seed substrate?
    #2279761 - 01/28/04 04:31 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

to anybody who has tried/uses popcorn seeds as substrate, how do you like it? How does it fare compared to other substrates in regard to colonization time and yield? Thanks.


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Re: Popcorn seed substrate? [Re: MrGrib]
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Re: Popcorn seed substrate? [Re: MrGrib]
    #2279778 - 01/28/04 04:50 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Do a search on "popcorn" and you will find many links !
Here is one and here another one.


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Re: Popcorn seed substrate? [Re: ragadinks]
    #2279805 - 01/28/04 05:16 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

thanks, but these links you gave me to these teks (which I have already read, btw), do not address my question. My question is not how to use popcorn, my question is to people who have used it how do you like the results as compared to other substrates, in regards to colonization time and yield? Thank you.


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Re: Popcorn seed substrate? [Re: MrGrib]
    #2281550 - 01/28/04 07:07 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

I've had great success with it and low contamination rates. For some time I was able to do a grain to grain transfer and have every kernel growing mycelium the next day. This resulted in full colonization in 4-5 days - at least enough colonization to be used as spawn. Those were good times. I haven't been able to get them to do that lately. Maybe it was that long break I took from cultivation. You have to watch the water content carefully when preparing it or bacteria will ruin it for you. I would recommend popcorn to anyone because it's so cheap and requires no gypsum. The only disadvantage is the lack of colonization points, as compared to rye, birdseed, etc. Try it out and let us know how it goes for you!

I just want to add one more thing. Spore germination on popcorn usually takes 5-7 days which is longer than most other grains as far as I know.


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Re: Popcorn seed substrate? [Re: ParanoidSchizoid]
    #2282270 - 01/29/04 12:54 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

thanks a lot for your input, it's very helpful to hear about others' experiences!


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Re: Popcorn seed substrate? [Re: MrGrib]
    #2282294 - 01/29/04 01:01 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

I also saw the same germination time on popcorn like ParanoidSchizoid has mentioned, from 2 different strains.

Only other projects PF involved cakes and I am a still a rookie, but I like working with the corn. Cheap and seems to work well. I had better yields from the cake project, but that is due to my just learning to work well with casings.


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Re: Popcorn seed substrate? [Re: daywalker]
    #2282303 - 01/29/04 01:05 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

can either of you comment on the potency of yield from popcorn? I'm not certain of the correlation between substrate and efficacy, but I read one persons observation that popcorn seemed to produce a less-potent fruit. anyone?


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Re: Popcorn seed substrate? [Re: MrGrib]
    #2283623 - 01/29/04 01:13 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

My foaf has used it extensively recently, with prior experience with wbs, rye & wheat. Potency has not been noted (or reported) to be noticeably different from previous grains.
Agree w/previous poster regarding water content/bacteria issues, colonization rates, and resistance to contams. FAR less green viewings were experienced with pc casings.
Typical flushes are somewhat sparse in comparison to other grains (especially wbs), but fruit well as there are few abhorts.


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