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Low-tech expiriment
    #541487 - 02/05/02 03:29 PM (21 years, 9 months ago)

Way back in early October I got a Dung Brothers kit. I innoculated the 2 bags of rye grain with Koh Samui and in a few weeks 1 of the bags was fully colonized, but the other had only a few spots of white in it. I waited a while longer but nothing seemed to be happening so I mixed the colonized bag with the compost and had 3 very successful flushes before I had to leave for winter break. At this point I noticed that the other bag of rye berries which I had forgotten about had completely colonized. I figured that it would probably die in the month that I would be away but I left it in my room just in case.
Upon returning a month later it still looked healthy, although a little dry and with a small amount of yellowish disharge from the mycelium. I decided to buy a bag of potting soil that consisted of: one of the following (reed sedge peat, forest products, or composted rice hulls), Canadian sphagnum peat, and perlite. It is a fairly loose mix and appears to have some bark in it. Anyway, I thought that what I was doing was casing the rye, but since I didn't at that time really understand what casing was I simply mixed up about 2 1/2 inches of the soil with the crumbled up substrate in a Sterlite tub and let it colonize fully before initiating pinning. Despite that, a very impressive pin-set developed, probably even more abundant than with the compost, which was both surprising and exciting.
A promising first flush started but then quite a few of them stalled. As far as my understanding of aborts goes, these seem like they were further along in their development than is usually with aborts, about 3/4" tall. They stopped growing and the caps started turning bluish however. In addition the other mushrooms seemed to slow down considerably and on those whose veil had broken the caps pretty small and never really opened up. I'm not sure if this is because the substrate I used was old or because of the potting mix, or because I am failing in some way to maintain the proper enviromental conditions. Any help anyone could offer would be very much appreciated.


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Re: Low-tech expiriment [Re: vodgod]
    #541562 - 02/05/02 05:22 PM (21 years, 9 months ago)

I think your problem is in the H20. while you were away the mycelium probably used much of your water...or more likely, there wasnt enough water to begin with.

it could also be that the humidity level provided for your casing is too low.

all the signs point to water deficiency.

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Re: Low-tech expiriment [Re: fresh357]
    #541715 - 02/05/02 08:30 PM (21 years, 9 months ago)

I'm not entirely sure, but I don't think humidity is the problem..I hydrated the soil fairly well before mixing and when it looks dry I mist it. It produces quite a bit of condensation on the sides and lid..

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