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First time grower concerns
    #4443681 - 07/23/05 06:07 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)


I've been reading through the beginner's teks for the past few hours, and I have a few questions regarding the teks.

Firstly, there are a lot of different methods in the teks to keep the humidity up. Which one is best? It seems to me that the ultrasonic humidifier is the best, but that perlite can be just as good. What method would you suggest for the first-time grower?

Secondly, temperature. From reading, I've deduced that good temperature would be a bit above room temperature, maybe between 80 and 84 degrees (does that sound right?). When growing indoors, what is your preferred method of keeping the temperature in the right range?

Exposure to light. I'm planning on having a clear rubbermaid container as my incubator. I'm going to put that inside an old toy box I have (I'm trying to keep this a secret), and have a lamp with a soft lightbulb inside the toy box as a source of light. Does this sound ok, or should I find a new place to grow it? Also, should it be directly exposed to light at all times, or should I turn on and off the light at different intervals?

Lastly, I want to know about the expected yield of a dozen cakes. I know your guess will only be an approximation, but about how many grams of dried mushrooms is to be expected from 12 cakes?

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Re: First time grower concerns [Re: brizzypare]
    #4443859 - 07/23/05 07:05 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

stick to the basics for your first time out and then step up your game. the perlite works very well for pf cakes. make sure you soak it good and then drain it off to just a drip or two. perlite works with its surface area to give you a high humidity.

for incubating the cakes for colonization the prime temp is 86. anything within a couple of degrees of that will be sufficient. i personally use a seed starting mat to control the temp of the incubator during the cold months of the year and then in like july/august haven't used anything (just room temp). read up on the incubators some more and see which will best suit your needs.
as far as light during colonization, this is a toss up. some say no light some say light doesn't hurt. i personally incubate in complete darkness and have a pretty good colonization rate. i guess the choice is yours.
try and not to use a incandescent light bulb, a flourescent grow bulb will give you more of the blue light spectrum. this is good for the shrooms growth, if you absolutely have to i suppose you could use an incandescent. but i figure it is like weed, have you ever tried to grow some under an incandescent? you just don't get very good growth.

as far as yield per cake, haahahahahaha. it all depends on the conditions you provide for them during the whole process. if i where to guess you could get an average of about 3-6 g's dry per cake but it could be 1-3 g's dry per cake. see it all depends on the environment they are in.

here is the best bit of advice i could give you: spend way more time reading and understanding the shroom. this will increase your yields and let you make less mistakes along the way.

welcome to the shroomery, there are a great bunch of people here that will help you along the way.

good luck

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Re: First time grower concerns [Re: backupwards]
    #4443942 - 07/23/05 07:41 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

for some reason i dont think you understand the diferance of colonizing and fruiting yet.

people use both the ultrasonic and perlite kinda up to you.

for colonizing you want temps of 84-86
for fruiting you want 74-76

alot of people go with the TiT, look it up it means Tub in Tub.

you want no light during colonization cause light is a pinning trigger

any light really works for fruiting just make sure it is coming from the top cause it lets the mushies know which way to grow. and do cycles of 12/12 untill you get pins and then 6/18, on/off

now a question for you, why the hell do you have a toy box?

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Re: First time grower concerns [Re: brizzypare]
    #4443945 - 07/23/05 07:42 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Cant give you a aprroximation of a yield from a dozen jars but if you follow advice and do everything right you could possibly have maybe 1 dry gm or more from each cake....welcome to Shroomery youve been rated :smirk: :thumbup:

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