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Outdoor Rescue of Maitake
    #3174854 - 09/24/04 02:16 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Over the past few months I have had terrible luck trying to get maitake to fruit indoors. I follow Stamets' instructions strictly, except that the coldest I can get in my grow chamber is between 55 and 63 F (he recommends between 50 and 60). When that run failed, I tried another, but decided to shock the blocks in my refrigerator each evening, and them place them into the 55-63F grow chamber during the day. That, too, failed to initiate mound formation.

Over time (starting in late July) I've buried my failed blocks outside in my yard and covered with a bit of straw or rice hulls, and watered periodically. FINALLY I've got at least something, my first 300g cluster from an outdoor block, which, by the way, appeared at the exact same time as several clusters in a local forest a few miles away...





Now if I could just get these buggers to fruit indoors! I'm rather puzzled since it has been far warmer outside than what I have been providing in my grow chamber (70 - 80F during the day, about 50 - 65F at night, with one 47F night). I'm thinking that perhaps that particular temperature fluctuation is key to induction. I've also had thoughts about the effects of the decreasing amounts of light each day as the summer wanes, i.e., circadian rythym changes. Grrrr, these guys are tough!

Any thoughts would be appreciated...


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Re: Outdoor Rescue of Maitake [Re: Basidiocarp]
    #3174912 - 09/24/04 02:42 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Great experiment and nice to *see* you again - has been a long times since your last posting.

> I'm thinking that perhaps that particular temperature fluctuation is key to induction.
Had the same experiences with wild Coprinus comatus.
I could not get them to fruit indoors but they had no problem to fruit outdoors when the nights where getting colder.
At this time also all the wild mushrooms started to grow like mad.
It seems that the big temperature differences between day (up to 25 degrees Celsius) and night (down to 3 degrees Celsius) trigger fruiting.
The funny thing was that not only the mushrooms that like colder weather started to fruit but also the ones that like warmer weather.
Beside the Coprinus comatus also a cultivated warm weather strain of P. pulmonarius, a cold weather strain of P.ostreatus, some reishi, SRA and Hypsizygus ulmarius started to fruit - all at the same time :confused:
I do not know if the change in amount of light has an effect on pinning ...
It would be really interesting to measure the local change in temperature, humidity, light and CO2 and correlate that to the fruiting of mushrooms.


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Re: Outdoor Rescue of Maitake [Re: ragadinks]
    #3175933 - 09/24/04 06:33 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

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ragadinks said:  Great experiment and nice to *see* you again - has been a long times since your last posting.


Indeed, indeed, I'm working on opening up a new business and that has been consuming most of my time.  I've had little time for mycological adventures...  This is the first time in a long while that I don't even have any experiments going!  :frown:


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