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Shoebox Tek proportions w 3lbs grain spawn
    #28156141 - 01/25/23 04:38 AM (13 days, 2 hours ago)

I have two all in one bags, 3lbs each that will need to be moved to their shoeboxes shortly.

I have read until my head hurts and can’t seem to find a good proportion for 3lbs grain spawn to substrate.

I currently have two 6qt plastic tubs along with 6lbs total of grain spawn. How many more tubs will I need and how much substrate for each bin?

Thank you in advance!


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Re: Shoebox Tek proportions w 3lbs grain spawn [Re: grand5701]
    #28156202 - 01/25/23 05:15 AM (13 days, 1 hour ago)

I just measured a quart of my grains, came out to 14oz. So you could say 1lb of grains is approximately 1 quart of grains. If your grains are healthily colonized, then you should go for a 1:3 ratio, meaning three quarts of coir or coir/verm per shoebox.

Therefore you need 4 more shoeboxes and 18 quarts of CV. That is roughly 1 650g brick of coir and three quarts of vermiculite, or one and a half bricks of coir. If you can only get a brick of coir (should cost $3.50), then feel free to just split it evenly across all 6 shoeboxes and ignore the ratios. Don't forget to set aside some coir for each shoebox to cover the exposed grains.

If your bags are bacterial (which they probably are, no offense, most first few grows are bacterial), you may want to top fruit one or both of them which would require just a few handfuls of coir. If you wanted to risk it, you should use a smaller ratio of grain to substrate so 1:1-2 is acceptable to get a faster substrate colonization time and beat out contamination.


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Re: Shoebox Tek proportions w 3lbs grain spawn [Re: cooleko]
    #28157140 - 01/25/23 11:39 PM (12 days, 7 hours ago)

Thank you! So it’s safe to say 1lb = 1 quart in measuring that helps substantially.

Can you elaborate on your last paragraph regarding top fruit? What is that process and when do I complete, before or after transferring to the shoebox?


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    #28157155 - 01/25/23 11:48 PM (12 days, 6 hours ago)

Top fruiting would take place in the bag itself and is only needed if the grains are heavily contaminated. You would cut a hold in the bag, drop an inch of coir on top, and let it do it's thing. I zip tie the bag closed afterwards.

If you cut the bag about an inch from the bottom after the coir is colonized and put it in a shoebox with a little water in it (below the bag), it works really well. I'm currently doing that with 4 bags of mine that I suspected were bacterial and they are fruiting well.


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