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first time w/ bulk worm castings , rehydrate?
    #371835 - 08/14/01 04:50 AM (16 years, 3 months ago)

hi everyone,
it's my first time with bulk worm castings and i thought that the shrooms would grow big and healthy =).

this is what i've done so far

1) spawned about 3 inches of pasteurized worm castings in rubbermaid ( 56 qt ) with B+ birdseed.

2) colonized nicely in about... 8 days.

3) covered with more pasteurized worm castings , very thin casing.

4) mycelium is covering top of casing very nicely with rhizomorphic strands.

5) pins have formed all over the top and some are maturing

i fan about 4x - 5x daily. light about 10 hrs. a day. but, i do not mist or anything bc it seems like it is humid enough in the rubbermaid.

problem is i am getting small shrooms right now and not the big monstrous kinds i was expecting =). also, there aren't that many popping out. but, there seem to be a lot of pins forming. just not maturing yet. just wondering if the substrate isn't wet enough and whether i should rehydrate it w/ a syringe of sterile water or something, thanks =).



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Re: first time w/ bulk worm castings , rehydrate? [Re: shroomeritus]
    #371862 - 08/14/01 04:50 AM (16 years, 3 months ago)

Usually if you get many shrooms at once the individual aren?t so big as if you only get a couple.

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Re: first time w/ bulk worm castings , rehydrate? [Re: shroomeritus]
    #371873 - 08/14/01 04:50 AM (16 years, 3 months ago)

hmm..i was just wondering.

are tiny first shrooms normal? like shrooms that pop up before all the other ones and just grow really fast? or would this be considered the first flush. i have about 5 shrooms maturing on a 24'' by 12'' rubbermaid tub. they are all pretty tiny. i was hoping for a bit mroe than that =).



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Re: first time w/ bulk worm castings , rehydrate? [Re: shroomeritus]
    #371930 - 08/14/01 04:50 AM (16 years, 3 months ago)

more pins take longer to mature, becuase the organism is devoting its resources to so many carpophores.

how warm is your terrarium? that could be contributing.

a similar thing happened to me when i grew with straw. i got a ton of tiny pins that never really grew up. someone told me there was probably contamination inside the brick and when i broke it open there was an uncolonized spot that smelled of bacteria. check the inside of yours before you throw it out.

also, i am pretty sure bulk substrates need adequate spawn, so don't skimp on the birdseed added to the castings.

let me know how it goes.



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Re: first time w/ bulk worm castings , rehydrate? [Re: BBShrizz]
    #372087 - 08/15/01 03:54 AM (16 years, 3 months ago)

thanks BBShrizZzZzZ =),
i threw in about 3 quarts of spawn for that sucker hahah hopefully that was enough...

i wasn't going to throw it out yet ... but if/when i do ill check the middle of the brick.

i'm just hoping that the first few shrooms were early birds and the rest are coming.

temps are about..75F =/. kinda low , i know...maybe this is the problem? i'm raising the temps tonight and seeing if that makes a difference.

ill keep you posted



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Re: first time w/ bulk worm castings , rehydrate? [Re: shroomeritus]
    #372371 - 08/15/01 03:44 PM (16 years, 3 months ago)

stuff grows damn slow when it is at 75 or so. but 86 degrees and you are talking 'instant gratification'.





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