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Why do they grow DOWN!
    #391762 - 09/11/01 11:30 PM (17 years, 3 months ago)

Ive been cultivating now for awhile (equador) and all my mushrooms seem to always grow down. Also I am using perlite for humidity, and eventually every shroom hits the perlite, Is this a bad thing? Should I try to keep the mushrooms from touching the perlite?

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Re: Why do they grow DOWN! [Re: Deviant]
    #391782 - 09/11/01 11:47 PM (17 years, 3 months ago)

shrooms aim for the light...is your light source above the shrooms? do you have a clear terrarium where light is going all over? maybe you're casing and the casing layer isn't providing enough support for your shroomies? (i'm new but those are my guesses)



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Re: Why do they grow DOWN! [Re: Deviant]
    #391787 - 09/11/01 11:52 PM (17 years, 3 months ago)

Yes, Im using a clear terrarium, I figured the reason might be becasue the terrarium is in a closet and light only comes from one side and not to much of it is from the top, more or less the side. Thanks for the input

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Re: Why do they grow DOWN! [Re: Deviant]
    #391810 - 09/12/01 12:14 AM (17 years, 3 months ago)

From the situation you describe I can clearly see your problem. Mushooms are phototropic. This means that they do not need light for energy but rather use it for a sense of direction. Your mushrooms are seeing your bright white perlite as mother natures sky/sun and are growing towards that. Several minutes a day of overhead light should help this problem.



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Re: Why do they grow DOWN! [Re: Deviant]
    #391837 - 09/12/01 12:43 AM (17 years, 3 months ago)

HQ and her jackal have noticed also that down-growing fruits happened when the casings were not adequately fanned (but had plenty of humidity). they were more twisted than really down-growing though b/c of the sporadic air exchange. but light is likely the culprit... unless its your casing layer (if youre casing) it might not be strong enough to hold the weight of the fruit, and it begins to bend down...

but i vote light.



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