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    #3379031 - 11/18/04 12:51 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Would anyone recommend dunking my 1/2 pint PF jars before birth of the first flush. They are fully colonized, just wondering if my first flush will be larger if I dunk for 24 before transfering to the terrarium? Also, on the last cakes, for the first flush, I had great pinning, about 25 or more per cake...and about 10-15 of those on each cake would abort. I am wondering what is a good way to combat abortion of the pins? Is it nutrients, moisture, humidity or all of the above??? Thanks guys!

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Re: DUNKING BEFORE BIRTH??? [Re: thashaman]
    #3379053 - 11/18/04 12:55 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

i usually just put the cakes down in the tub, allowing them to flush a couple of times before i dunk, but i suppose dunking before hand wouldnt hurt anything. As far as the abortion rate goes, i know if you have a few big shrooms growing out of a cake wiht a lot of little ones, if you dont pick the big shrooms, the little ones will abort, not alwasy, but most of sthe time... thats the only thing i can think of.

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    #3379176 - 11/18/04 01:24 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Dunking would help the aborts alot..The more pins you have the more water you need. You should dunk cakes before every flush including the first.

"life is like a drop of rain getting closer and closer to falling into a lake, and then when you hit the lake there is no more rain drop, only the lake."

Growing with bags, start to finish (including my new grain and substrate prep)
Anyone looking to start bulk tubs/mono tubs/shotgun hybrids? Good tubs to use..
How I do grain (old still good tips)
Turn your closet into a fruiting chamber
Casing layer colonization and overlay

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Re: DUNKING BEFORE BIRTH??? [Re: scatmanrav]
    #3379240 - 11/18/04 01:49 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

thashaman, dunking the cakes at birth in water in the fridge will help stop vegitative growth of the mycelium due to a drop in temperatures with induces the fruiting cycle, called a "cold shock". Dunking them in water rehydrates the mycelium after a long inoculation period, and gives them ample water to fruit good mushrooms. Dunking them in water in your refridgerator acheives both of these two concepts.

Makes sure not to dunk again after your first flush. Pins are produced for both the first and second flushes on the first flush. So wait till after the second flush to dunk again, otherwise you could lose some potentially nice fruits.

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