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Alder mulches
    #4705380 - 09/24/05 03:39 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

I'm familiar with most softwood mulches used in the landscape industry: pines, hemlocks, cedars, but....

What is the main identifying characteristic of alder mulch? Is alder the only mulch type that provides ideal habitat or are general hardwood mulches/chips also accepting?


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Re: Alder mulches [Re: wietstocker]
    #4707990 - 09/25/05 02:49 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

i believe most hardwood chips are suitable for cyans, alder is what most people say though so that is your best bet i think.

As for what alder looks like, search something along the lines of "cyans pics" here and you'll find lots of pics of peoples cyan patches growing off alder, and other woodchips cyans grow off.

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Re: Alder mulches [Re: day_tripper]
    #4709276 - 09/25/05 12:28 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Alder is great for woodlovers (especially when cut and chipped in the spring) because its full of sugars and fungii loves it. Generally people put down "beauty bark" which is mainly either ceder or doug fir BARK mulched up. Coniferous trees are long lived trees and their barks are filled with growth retarding tanins which Psilocybes cant handle. Basically i just described 2 ends of the spectrum, however most of the time your never gonna have pure alder woodchips available. If you have a mixture of alder, fir, ceder, cottonwood wood chips that will be fine for Psilocybe growth...even if theres a little bark in there youll be fine. Basically check WOOD debris and stay away from anything that is comprised of only "bark mulch" which is evil. Hope that helps..

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