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Offlineacidburn187
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First time grower and my mushrooms stopped growing
    #534328 - 01/28/02 09:23 PM (16 years, 4 months ago)

Hey everyone! Well here is my story in a nutshell, tell me what you think.

I downloaded the Magic Mushroom Growers Guide from the website here to use as my guide for growing my first cultivation of magic mushrooms. I bought all of the supplies and followed the instructions perfectly.

I started two batches of 12 jars 1 week apart. I only lost 1 jar of the 24 to contamination, and the rest were gradually ready to be put into the terrarium. My first terrarium was a cheap rubermaid container, with a plexiglass drop shield and a spray bottle. About 3 of the cakes sprouted mushrooms and they grew a few inches longer.

By the time my second batch of 12 were ready to go into the terrarium, I had built a much better terrarium. It was 100% clear plexiglass and sat in the bottom of my closet. It has room for around 35 - 40 cakes and the drop shields slide from side to side like doors in a cabinet. I had put the humidifier right inside the terrarium. (Yes, there was room for 40 cakes and a humidifier). The humidifier was just a water bottle with a spout and a fan. I had moved my cakes from the old terrarium to this one (Without touching much of the cake, I touched the bottom of it where the vermiculite was stuck).

Once my mushrooms were in there, not one of them fruited!! Of 23 sucessfully colonized cakes, only 3 fruited!!!??? I even bought a digital thermometer/humidity monitor. It was kept at 80%+ humidity, and at around 70-80 degrees farenheight. I know they aren't accurate but i figured it was a good guide. I would air out the terrarium every 2 days and run the humidifier for a few hours every day. I would also leave the door open so that the cakes would get some light. (Maybe 2 or 3 hours a day).

Can anybody help me as to what I was doing wrong??

BTW, the strain I used was P. Cubensis

~Paul


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Re: First time grower and my mushrooms stopped growing [Re: acidburn187]
    #534340 - 01/28/02 09:34 PM (16 years, 4 months ago)

fanning out your air every two days is probably not enough, try fanning out stale air 2-3 times a day.

You may need some more light to initiate pinning...are the ones that did pin in one area of the terrarium that may be getting more light?


Edited by fresh357 (01/28/02 09:36 PM)


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Re: First time grower and my mushrooms stopped growing [Re: fresh357]
    #534354 - 01/28/02 09:45 PM (16 years, 4 months ago)

I think the air exchange was definetly the problem, unless the humidifier exchanged some air for you. It prolly wasn't the light, I don't remember where I read it, but it said a few minutes of light a day was enough to tell the myco to start making mushrooms and growing.


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Re: First time grower and my mushrooms stopped growing [Re: Syd_barret]
    #534359 - 01/28/02 09:48 PM (16 years, 4 months ago)

supposedly its milliseconds of light...but seems many people cant fruit unless they expose them to lots of light. i give them probably about as much as he does, however, and ive never had probs.


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Re: First time grower and my mushrooms stopped growing [Re: acidburn187]
    #534369 - 01/28/02 09:59 PM (16 years, 4 months ago)

80 rh% is not enough. Hand spraying wont do justice for a terrarrium that large. The MMGG is a good tek. but it is a little outdated. You'll want to look into either perlite humidification or a cool mist humidifier setup. 15 minutes of light a day should be good enough for any strain of Psilocybe Cubensis.


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