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OfflineHeysoos
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Dung Cased w/Coir?
    #340005 - 06/13/01 07:15 PM (21 years, 2 months ago)

My friend has some Gulf Coast casings that are in the middle of the second flush. The casing layer was straight dung (about 1/2"). The second flush is noticably smaller than the first, and he was thinking it's because of lack of water in the substrate. There has been considerable shrinkage of the substrate and the dung is completely covered with myc. What's he's thinking of doing is putting another casing layer on top, probably coir, but is there any way to re-hydrate the original substrate and casing layer? He's thinking maybe of dunking the whole thing, but it's kinda messy, and he's not sure if it would work the same as with cakes. My friend's been putting a little water down the sides of the tray, hoping for the substrate to suck it up, but it just seems to be collecting in the bottom of the tray. He's also seeing splitting of the caps as they open, is this not enough water content? Any suggestions?

BTW: PF cakes, temp 75, bubbler setup on 1/2 hour or more after fanning....



Edited by Heysoos on 06/13/01 07:18 PM.



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Offlineegghead
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Re: Dung Cased w/Coir? [Re: Heysoos]
    #340016 - 06/13/01 07:28 PM (21 years, 2 months ago)

To remoisturize, think about applying another thin non-nutrative casing layer. Vermiculite or jiffy mix or something. Then use that to get moisture to the mycelial layers.



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Re: Dung Cased w/Coir? [Re: Heysoos]
    #340052 - 06/13/01 08:27 PM (21 years, 2 months ago)

Have your friend STOP pouring that water in the casing tray, it sounds like the water is pooling, which attracts those nasty molds! Apply another thin casing layer on top of the existing casing layer. I would go with the coco fiber because it hold its moisture extremely well. Just my humble opinion.

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