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OfflineHerbanShaman
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Rate of Growth -- My mushrooms are slow growing
    #2910322 - 07/20/04 11:17 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

I have had the worst luck with my most recent batch. Two containers with overlay, and one with sparse fruit. On the batch that is fruiting my mushrooms seem to be growing slowly. What is the normal rate of growth? They've been growing oh say a 1/2 centimeter a day. What are reasons the growth could be stunted. Could my pH be off?

Oh and by the way, my gf thought of a way to put water in areas hard to reach when pinning begins. Fill one of your spore syringes with distilled water and inject as needed. Has anyone else tried this?
And a 2nd tip, related to my first overlay experience. Use a big and clear straw to take a "core sample" you can get a visual of how moist the layers are. This is how I determined that I in fact had overlay.


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Re: Rate of Growth -- My mushrooms are slow growing [Re: HerbanShaman]
    #2910988 - 07/21/04 02:16 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

In my exp., if they are gonna reach their full potential, they do it relatively fast (read as 3-6 days pin to mature fruit). Sometimes they just don't want to grow.

The syringe w/ distilled h20 is a good idea. I have done the same to try to rehydrate flushed out casings. Don't over do the 'core samples'... maybe the overlay is due to over incubation or high temps in the fruiting chamber?


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Re: Rate of Growth -- My mushrooms are slow growing [Re: daywalker]
    #2911893 - 07/21/04 12:19 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Yep in fact the overlay was due to just that I think, combined with too much time in incubation. I had left for a few days, and when I got back they were overgrown.

On a side not, the pins have really picked up growth speed, and I'm not really scared they are going to abort anymore. They are all about an inch tall, and I'd say will mature within another 4 days. If this increased growth rate continues, maybe just a couple. What's strange is that from the time I woke up this morning to now (about noon) they have grown as much as they did all of the past 2 days. Strange ay.
All in all, I'd say this bad batch has taught me a lot. If you never get overlay you can't be sure how to avoid it, that's what happened to me. Sure I read about it a lot, but in former batches nevr had a prob. The high temps and too long incubation I think are major culprits, but I think my casing might have been too dense also. It was perlite and peat. I mixed an entire bag of vermiculite with the old casing to lighten it up. I like this new mixture a lot, but only time will tell.


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