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Well I just done having a bunch of reishi jars finished colonizing on WBS and now i'm ready for the next step, and given that I am mostly growing reishi for esthetics, I thought I should pot a log. Stamet's book talks about it but it's kind of vague, so I thought i'de ask a few questions here. First, should I pasturize the log and soil to eliminate the baddy contamies? I'me going to sterilize my sawdust and wood chips in the pressure cooke (the filler for the pot)...is this alright? Can I just keep the pot in the room somewhere without the need for extra heating (22 degrees celcius in the room, dunno the humidity level but im assuming thats what the soil is there for)? Do I just give it regular light coming through my room or should I pull out my lights and give it a 12/12 light cycle? How deep should the dirt be, and finally should I wait for the log to be colonized before adding the soil? Thanks all for your help :p
Let me first establish that I have no experience with growing reishi in any manner.
That said, you must understand the very premise for burying a reishi-log. The soil provides an essential active biological haven. Here, dirty is good. If you were to sterilise the soil you would radically alter the established biological cultures which are keeping each other in check. I would expect sterilisation would allow a select 2 or 3 contams such as green or lipstick or powder mold or something equally disgusting to take hold and flourish.
As for your logs they certainly do not need to be sterilised. Rather, you should focus on using freshly felled wood. The older the wood the more likely competitor fungi have already moved in and begun colonisation. Freshly felled wood has optimal starting water content as well. I can't imagine trying to sterilise a whole log anyway.
You are right in that the soil maintains humidity and prevents log dry-out but I am unsure about watering and drainage for an indoor grow. Mother Nature takes care of that problem outdoors. Also, IINM, Mother Nature provides the proper temperature fluctuations to trigger fruiting though I suspect a fully colonised log will someday fruit regardless of temperature changes.
Hopefully someone with some indoor resihi log cultivation can help you out on that one.
Oh, yeah, the logs should be buried post-colonisation. If you were to bury post-inoculation I would expect the buried end to become colonised with fungi present in the soil... altho I do know someone personally who buried post-inoculation (outdoors) with success.
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