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Crappy flush from shitake log
    #4257291 - 06/04/05 10:19 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

for my b-day I got a shitake mushroom log from my friends. They had gotten one and had one fantastic flush, shrooms all over the fucking thing. Then they left it outside and it died. Anyways, I thought this was the coolest thing, so they got me one for a gift.

So I bring it home, soak it in the fridge for a day. Stand it on top of my entertainment center and let it grow, misting it every so often. Within a few days white mycelium started to break through the bark and two little buttons started to form. I was real excited!

But then as the days went on only one shroom grew out of the log, and two aborted. The shroom had a real lumpy cap and didn't get all the way dark. It opened all the way up, so I picked it and had a nibble. It was real tough and seemed dry.

needless to say I was dissapointed.

Fortunately the fungus is still alive for right now, but what can I do to make sure it does better in the future?


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Re: Crappy flush from shitake log [Re: dr0mni]
    #4257310 - 06/04/05 10:28 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Humidity might be a factor, shiitake need 95% humidity during pinhead formation and 85-90% humidity while fruiting.


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Re: Crappy flush from shitake log [Re: pshawny]
    #4257426 - 06/04/05 10:59 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

WHAT!? seriously? My friends had theirs in their living room just like I did. Maybe they misted more...

the instructions say that if you live in an area with regular humidity that all you need to do is mist. The humidity is like 50% right now...

I really don't want to have to put it in a terrarium, I wanted it out as a display peice!


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Re: Crappy flush from shitake log [Re: dr0mni]
    #4257461 - 06/04/05 11:08 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

One could make a little humidity tent around the substrate block with a plastic grocery bag and a hanger, or something similar.


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Re: Crappy flush from shitake log [Re: pshawny]
    #4257564 - 06/04/05 11:37 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

maybe you can cover it when nobody's looking and uncover it when ppl come over...


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Re: Crappy flush from shitake log [Re: pshawny]
    #4257692 - 06/05/05 12:22 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

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pshawny said:
Humidity might be a factor, shiitake need 95% humidity during pinhead formation and 85-90% humidity while fruiting.




Sry to hear that man.


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Re: Crappy flush from shitake log [Re: ShroomOmatic]
    #4258847 - 06/05/05 07:45 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

i left my block in the basement with a plasitic bag like half covering it.. grew amazingly beautiful shrooms with no misting or anything... it definetly seems to vary though, i had three flushes and lets see... the first one was one huge mushie.. the 2nd flush was three mutant looking weird ones.. and the third was the basement try.. gave me one really nice looking one and a couple weird ones... by that time it was rather contam'd with green mold but that didnt seem to affect the mushies much... dont worry if one flush doesnt do well, you still have quite a bit of life left in that log!


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Re: Crappy flush from shitake log [Re: mattymonkey]
    #4262777 - 06/06/05 09:52 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

If necessary, you can dunk the log to rehydrate it. Shiitakes drive me nuts. They seem to fruit on their own schedule, not mine. I finally gave up and buried the logs in my garden patch with only about the top third sticking up out of the soil. They've been flushing for three years now, twice per year.
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Re: Crappy flush from shitake log [Re: RogerRabbit]
    #4329502 - 06/23/05 07:37 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

I tried to fruit shitake logs for a second time when it was 80 to 90 degrees. THey exploded. Those shitakes like it cool and moist.


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Re: Crappy flush from shitake log [Re: RogerRabbit]
    #4331717 - 06/24/05 11:29 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

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If necessary, you can dunk the log to rehydrate it.




You can submerge the log for 24hrs to initiate fruiting. You just have to give the log a 45 day resting period between fruitings. As long as you don't live somewhere really dry, like Arizona, you should not have to do anything more than dunk the log and wait. I'd assume that a more arid climate would require some additional measures such as humidity retention bags.

It is my understanding that shiitake require sunlight as part of their growth cycle.


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Re: Crappy flush from shitake log [Re: debianlinux]
    #4371562 - 07/05/05 10:07 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Yea if humidity was your problem then try to dunking it next time


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Re: Crappy flush from shitake log [Re: Burmeseman]
    #4389229 - 07/10/05 08:56 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

if you are talking about a sawdust block, let it sit and get dry for at least a week between flushes. soak it submerged in cold water for 24 to 48 hours, then put it in a fruiting chamber. if it doesn't fruit, try putting it in the refridgerator for a few days after soaking it. leaving it in open air will dry it out. it needs a humid environment. like roger said, sometimes they fruit on THIER schedule.


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