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OfflineBBShrizz
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Worm castings- pic and ?
    #380414 - 08/28/01 12:16 AM (22 years, 10 months ago)

i spawned 5 pounds of worm castings with 3 PF style cakes. it colonized like crazy, in like 5 days. but now i'm having the same problems i once had with straw - the pins start up like crazy but never reach full size.

i figure it could either be some sort of internal contaminant or possibly not enough nutrition in the substrate.

any ideas?




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OfflineMattyB
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Re: Worm castings- pic and ? [Re: BBShrizz]
    #380621 - 08/28/01 10:42 AM (22 years, 10 months ago)

If you're concerned with nutrition, try mixing the castings with compost or grain. Your pinheads may not be developing becaue of poor air exchange.


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Invisiblepuscle
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Re: Worm castings- pic and ? [Re: BBShrizz]
    #380629 - 08/28/01 10:56 AM (22 years, 10 months ago)

Too humid? Did you cease misting once the pins appeared?


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Re: Worm castings- pic and ? [Re: BBShrizz]
    #380706 - 08/28/01 12:48 PM (22 years, 10 months ago)

hmmm....
i had a similar problem with my castings...they were growing really small for some reason, even smaller than yours. then, i just put a casing layer of verm on top and walah, shrooms were growing between the ranges of 6 - 9 inches within a few days.



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OfflineBBShrizz
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Re: Worm castings- pic and ? [Re: BBShrizz]
    #380958 - 08/28/01 06:17 PM (22 years, 10 months ago)

i doubt it's the air exchange. i have the coolmist running constantly. and if anything, the humidity feels too low, not too high.

i just checked again and 90% are now aborted. shit.




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OfflineAzure
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Re: Worm castings- pic and ? [Re: BBShrizz]
    #380989 - 08/28/01 07:03 PM (22 years, 10 months ago)

If your substrate is shallow; regardless of how nutritious your substrate is, yallz will get small pinners.


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OfflineMattyB
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Re: Worm castings- pic and ? [Re: BBShrizz]
    #381046 - 08/28/01 08:38 PM (22 years, 10 months ago)

Do you have a hygrometer to measure humidity? If you've got your humidifier running 24/7 in a rather small grow chamber, there's a chance that the humidity will plateau and not increase. When I have mine attached to a 10 or 20 gallon fishtank going for 24/7, humidity plateaus at 75%. However, when I have it on a timer, 14 times a day for 1 minute on low or medium speed, humidity stays just above 90%. Maybe that's the problem, since I had the same happen when I started off. Since all humidifiers are different, you may need to tinker around to see what you need to do to reach optimal humidity.


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OfflineBBShrizz
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Re: Worm castings- pic and ? [Re: MattyB]
    #381322 - 08/29/01 08:12 AM (22 years, 10 months ago)

matty, i don't understand the logic.

24/7 gives me 75% humidity and 14 minutes a day gives me 90%?

not sure how it computes.


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Re: Worm castings- pic and ? [Re: BBShrizz]
    #381484 - 08/29/01 01:56 PM (22 years, 10 months ago)

When I had my humidifier on 24/7, there was a ton of air blowing into my small grown chamber, even when I had the humidifier on low. I tried a few other things to boost humidity, such as extra spraying, but none of it worked. In a last ditch effort, I thought maybe all that air blowing around in my grow chamber was keeping the humidity down instead of keeping it up. When I got a timer and had the humidifier go on every hour and 45 minutes for one minute each time, humidity actually went up. I know it doesn't sound logical, but all I can figure is that it has something to do with too much air blowing around in there. But like I said in my previous post, you may have to experiment in order to get the right humidity level.


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