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Offlinepeacefrog14
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Very Slow Colonization
    #401863 - 09/23/01 07:14 PM (15 years, 2 months ago)

well ive just started growing. i innoculated 10 jars about 7 weeks ago. and i asked a few weeks ago about the extremely slow rate of colonization in some of them, and i just finally opened them (they havent gotten further than that day) and found that they were contaminated so i got rid of them. i have 4 jars right now that are doin well, they have moisture on the sides of the jar and are like 97% colonized....but it just seems like they are takin very very very very long to completely colonize. does anyone have any tips or suggestions about what i may be doin wrong or about what i could do now??? thanks

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Re: Very Slow Colonization [Re: peacefrog14]
    #401892 - 09/23/01 07:42 PM (15 years, 2 months ago)

Where are you incubating at? WHat are the temps? more details please

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Re: Very Slow Colonization [Re: 777D777]
    #401894 - 09/23/01 07:44 PM (15 years, 2 months ago)

im incubating at my house....the temp is usually around 75 degrees

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Re: Very Slow Colonization [Re: peacefrog14]
    #401901 - 09/23/01 07:51 PM (15 years, 2 months ago)

I have observed that if you pack down the substrate it colonizes really really slow. My first time I packed down the substrate material as was indicated in the directions I followed and it was only partially colonized at 3 months! If you have packed your substrate I would bet money that's your problem. If not then I have no idea.

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Re: Very Slow Colonization [Re: Ellis Dee]
    #401917 - 09/23/01 08:15 PM (15 years, 2 months ago)

Are they getting any air exchange. High C02 levels can cause slow colonization.



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Re: Very Slow Colonization [Re: peacefrog14]
    #401924 - 09/23/01 08:27 PM (15 years, 2 months ago)

Definetly raise the temp to at least 80 degrees . They will colonize much faster.If you have a dry verm barrier on the top of jars,take the tape off of the innoculation holes and the mycelia ill breathe more and help growth.



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Re: Very Slow Colonization [Re: Numba9]
    #401926 - 09/23/01 08:30 PM (15 years, 2 months ago)

How in the devil do you make sure your vermiculite layer on top is dry. I thought the 'dry' vermiculite layer was a myth. I have never removed a colonized cake to find the vermiculite layer dry, it has always been slightly damp. I always assumed it was from the pressure cooker treatment when everything under the foil was steamed at high pressure.



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Re: Very Slow Colonization [Re: Ellis Dee]
    #402157 - 09/24/01 12:23 AM (15 years, 2 months ago)

Take the tape off the holes and then cover this hole with an alcohol swab to act as a filter - or if your verm layer is real wet, just flip the cakes upside down and they should reach 100% very quickly - leave the cakes until they pin invirto and you'll be laughing...



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