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    #2320226 - 02/10/04 02:25 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

OK, I've never seen any post like this, but has anyone ever tried using a wick to deliver water to their substrate?

My experiment:
boiled sock for 1 hour, cut a thin strip off
took substrate cake and drilled a hole into the center, careful not to go through ther other end. stuffed one end of the sock (soaked in distilled water) into the hole, and the other end through a hole in a plastic yogurt container lid, into a shallow container, (lid fits).
The container filled with distilled water, with the sock, acts as a wick and delivers water as needed to the substrate.

No double-ended casing, or dunking needed.
I've had good resuls with this, bigger flushes and less time between flushes.

Variations: could put more srips in the substrate prior to PCing and have the sock stips run thoughout the subtrate, delivering water like a root system, after the cake has colonized.

hmmm......

Anyway, tell me what you think, if u've tried something similar, or your success, or whatever


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Re: Water Wick [Re: slammin007]
    #2320261 - 02/10/04 02:40 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Nice work, I would love to hear more specific comments about your results in comparison to without the wick.

Don't know that you need to go so overboard that you have multiple strips.

I think if results show good results, then maybe you should write up a tek (pictures of this process would be very interesting).


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Re: Water Wick [Re: slammin007]
    #2320274 - 02/10/04 02:44 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Incidentally there was a tek back in the day that had you put straws into the center of your substrate and fill them with water regularly. This sounds very much similar to what you are talking about.


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Re: Water Wick [Re: slammin007]
    #2320414 - 02/10/04 03:52 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I think that is a interesting new experiment :thumbup:
Maybe you could post some pics and write a tek or something similar ? That would really be great.


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Re: Water Wick [Re: slammin007]
    #2321198 - 02/10/04 03:03 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

SixTango used a wick system to deliver moisture to casings, in particular he posted pics in round pots, search and you should find it.

But if you want to do it to cakes, it's much easier to just set cakes on moist perlite for a few days after each flush. The perlite is a wick, and it wicks the moisture right into the cake. Remove from perlite when new pins form or the cake will get oversaturated and the mushies will be mushy (nice pun, eh?). This could be a problem you'll run into if you plan to let the wick constantly draw water into the cake.

Sure you could re-invent the wheel with a sock, but no need to when the straw and perlite methods are well documented at acieving the results you seek.


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Re: Water Wick [Re: mycofile]
    #2321230 - 02/10/04 03:13 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Mycota's wicking casings:
Bottom Watering
Flower pot casings


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Re: Water Wick [Re: mycofile]
    #2323030 - 02/11/04 01:52 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Thanks for the advice mycofile, So far the mushrooms haven't been mushy, the cakes don't get oversaturated, as the cakes don't 'suck up' water unless needed ( ie. as shrooms are growing).

The reason I tried the sock method is so that I don't have to do anything but pluck off the fruit.

Is it neccessary to let the cakes dry out a bit between flushes though?

I did read your links, the flowerpot method seems interesting; it's low maintenance too.


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Re: Water Wick [Re: slammin007]
    #2333966 - 02/14/04 12:54 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

Is it neccessary to let the cakes dry out a bit between flushes though?



Nope, as long as the mushies don't get mushy, no need to let it dry out.

Why not post a pic or three?


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Re: Water Wick [Re: slammin007]
    #2340513 - 02/16/04 11:46 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I thought i'd point out that using more than one wick is overkill for anything but a large (bulk) substrate. Mycelium is unbelievably adept at water transport.

Carry on...


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Re: Water Wick [Re: debianlinux]
    #2355266 - 02/19/04 04:53 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I'd post a pic, but you can't actually see anything, the wick is inside a containter and goes thru the lid directly into the cake.

I think my cakes are almost depleted, I'm going to start this experiment again, but use fresh substrate.


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