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Perlite layer???
    #349152 - 06/26/01 06:47 AM (16 years, 1 month ago)

I know I don't need it for moisture so how wet should my casing be? By the way I used the "Spore Trading Post" method by fully saturating the perlite plus adding an extra half inch of standing water but don't believe that crap because the extra standing water will cause the blue-green mold to grow. I'll never order from them again, anyways how wet should the casing be and is the perlite a good idea to use. It worked okay for my first flush but the yields suck!



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Re: Perlite layer??? [Re: Rxman]
    #349164 - 06/26/01 07:43 AM (16 years, 1 month ago)

> how wet should my casing be
When applying the casing layer, you should be able to squeze a few drops of water from the casing material with your hand (with not toooo much force). This iis how wet it should be.

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Re: Perlite layer??? [Re: Anno]
    #349393 - 06/26/01 04:52 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

Hey Anno,
So is vermiculite a little better to use for moisture? Yeah, when I used the instructioons from the "Spore Trading post" it said to put fully saturate the perlite with an extra half inch of sitting water! Well my casing (cow poop) was so wet that it was almost mud and I think this is one of the reasons for my contamination.



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Re: Perlite layer??? [Re: Rxman]
    #349400 - 06/26/01 05:04 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

No, no, you are confusing things.
A perlite layer is used for humidification of fruiting containers when you have cakes.
Vermiculite(mixed with peat and limestone or alone) is used as a casing layer.

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Re: Perlite layer??? [Re: Anno]
    #349807 - 06/27/01 06:29 AM (16 years, 1 month ago)

I gotcha Anno,
Do you use a bottom layer for your cakes? I know some people don't.



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Re: Perlite layer??? [Re: Rxman]
    #349852 - 06/27/01 08:46 AM (16 years, 1 month ago)

yeh u want a tub, then perlite soaked, then ur tray, then casing/mycellium in tray. that should ork good.
i have always used a bottom layer of verm or 50/50 just coz i don't like all the condensation that would go un under the myc. you will find tho that ur myc will rip thru that bottom layer forming a sort of extension of the cased material anyways :smile:
either is good... if ur unsure use just a thin layer of moist verm, can't hurt, and it will provide moisture absorbance and release...

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