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Veil breaking before the cap opens?
    #3929947 - 03/17/05 12:26 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

I am a first time grower.  I have a sterlite container set up with perlite for humidification with a once daily misting of the walls.  My first cakes have started pinning recently after about 2 weeks in the terrarium.  So far, only 3 of the cakes (out of 8) have pinned, and it's been one pin on each cake. 
My question is, I have one mushroom, about 4 inches tall with a pretty round and large closed cap, about the size of a large marble.  However, the veil is broken already.  Is this normal?  Should I pick it now, or wait for the cap to open? 

Also, why is my pinset so disappointing?  My terrarium varies from about 65-72F and it seems to be pretty humid in there, there are drops on the walls and the air seems humid when I fan (which I do about 4-5 times per day).  The cakes were dunked for 16 hours in a refrigerator, and are sitting on small squares of tinfoil on top of the perlite.
How can I improve my pinset?  Should I assume the first flush is over on these cakes, and re-dunk them? 
Please help!  :smile:

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Re: Veil breaking before the cap opens? [Re: Auryn]
    #3929975 - 03/17/05 12:37 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Your cakes may be a little too moist. If you take your finger tip and lightly press down on the top off your cake and it's mushy, it's too wet. After time you'll get the feel of what hydration is premo for cakes, either doing a poke test or just by the weight and look of it. A wet cake isn't healthy looking. It should be very bright in color. Were a wet cake looks a off white or tanned a bit. You should be able to poke the cake with your finger tip getting a slight denting yield. It should be firm, but not hard as a rock. I would go ahead and pick your flush if you think it's stunted or you have a prob. You'll know if they are aborting if the caps of the mushrooms start turning black or dark in color.

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Re: Veil breaking before the cap opens? [Re: Hotnuts]
    #3930044 - 03/17/05 12:58 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Okay, as far as your mushrooms that you have go, it kind of depends on what you want. Do you want to take a spore print?? If so wait to pick until the cap starts to release the spores. Then take spore print. Im assuming you know how to do this?? Now concerning your pinset. You dunked, but did you roll or double end case. I Don't have alot of experience in cakes so have limited first hand experience in problem solving them. Good Luck, hope this helped some.

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