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WTF?1,1/2 weeks after 100% and no pins :(
    #309808 - 05/05/01 05:53 AM (22 years, 9 months ago)

Why, i say WHY are my friends 275ml jars refusing to pin, 1,1/2 week after they 100% colonized?
Could it be the too much water he used in the substrate?
Water droplets(many) are visible on the jars sides......+ i can see a flufier kind of mycelium been produced... :|
Should he birth them now? Is this normal?? Please help...thanx in advance...


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Re: WTF?1,1/2 weeks after 100% and no pins :( [Re: Sterile]
    #309813 - 05/05/01 06:17 AM (22 years, 9 months ago)

you may want to birth now, if still no pins after that do this:

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Adaptation-16: Use of an Ice-Pak to Initiate Fruiting.

You can keep the terrarium's temperature between 80 and 95 degrees F. If you have a terrarium setup that uses an ultra sonic humidifier, you can place a reusable, frozen Ice-Pak in the Terrarium. This will cool everything down and let the rice cakes slowly shift through the fruiting temperature range. Note that everything else must be right. The rice cake must have a fully developed mycelium network and there must be light. The Ice-Pak should be placed between 1/4 and 1/2 inch from the rice cakes. A flat Ice-Pak will work, but if you have the option, get one that is designed to slip into the center of a six-pak. It will have circular indents molded into each side and it will conform to the shape of the rice cakes better. If everything was ready, you should see pin heads develop 3 or 4 days after you perform this adaptation. If you don't see any develop after 3 or 4 days, you can repeat this operation again. The networks may not have been developed full enough and the few days since the last attempt may have been enough time to change this fact.
You can still initiate prolific flushes with the terrarium above the normal temperature range. The optimum temperature for growing mushrooms is higher than what is necessary to initiate new mushrooms and is between 80 and 90 degrees F. This adaptation can let the cultivator grow at the maximum rate, and still produce new mushrooms on the cakes.

The Ice-Pak will lower the humidity in the terrarium. Mostly, this is an issue when you have mushrooms on cakes that are part way through the growing cycle and not ready to harvest. They will usually survive the bad growing conditions for the six hours it takes the Ice-Pak to initiate fruiting, but they will suffer for it. You need to have an ultra sonic humidifier setup on your terrarium. Nothing else will be able to keep the humidity high enough. You can turn the humidity control up a little, but you will have to continue to adjust it down as the Ice-Pak loses its cool. If too much moisture forms on the cakes, it will prevent the initiation of pin heads and that was the whole purpose of this operation.

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