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No mycelium :(
    #6039428 - 09/07/06 08:53 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Hi,

Three weeks ago I purchased a grow kit from my local head shop, consisting of a tub of substrate, a syringe with "Cubensis Mexicana" spores, and a mini terranium.  So I injected the tub with the spores, and have kept it in a shoe box ever since.

After 10 days in my cupboard at approx 20deg celcius, no growth, so I added a reptile heat mat which increase the temperature quite a bit and the box felt quite warm to the touch.  A full week later there is still no signs of growth, although quite a bit of condensation.  So I have removed the heat mat and its back to 20deg.  Still no growth.

This is my first grow.. Is it likely I have damaged the spores?

Is there any way I can salvage the kit and get it growing?

Thanks in advance  :crazy:


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Re: No mycelium :( [Re: scrob]
    #6039453 - 09/07/06 09:00 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

After 14 days of no growth I have little hope anything will grow. It's hard to say what we are really dealing with here. I suggest that you do some reading around the shroomery and read up on a few basic teks. You will realize how simple and cheap it is to grow mushrooms with items you will likely already have in your house. Then order some quality spores from a reputable vendor here at the shroomery like www.ralphstersspores.com

The kicker is that I profit in no way from recommending shroomery vendors I'm just what you call a very satisfied costumer. That's how you know something is legit.


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Re: No mycelium :( [Re: musher_420]
    #6039580 - 09/07/06 09:32 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I'm really disappointed and I paid £25 too! I don't have a pressure cooker, so that put me off using the popular PF Tek.

Oh well, there are libs growing here now so I'll think about growing my own whenever picking season is over..


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Re: No mycelium :( [Re: scrob]
    #6039628 - 09/07/06 09:50 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Scrob~

I have no experience with purchased kits so I am not too sure about their sterility or odds of working. I would imagine they would be fairly sterile, convenient and usable. However, if you can get your hands on a Pressure Cooker and some jars I would employ other methods of preparation and cultivation. And in this case I am not doubting the kit that you used (even though I know nothing about it) it may have been the reptile mat that you placed under the tub. You said it felt quite warmer than before. I am wondering how much warmer. Cause my TIT setup (*tub-in-tub*) feel warm but inside the temperature can get up in to the 90 F which is too hot. If that;s the case then the spores may have died. Wait and see. Next time you so this monitor your temperatures carefully you want them around 80-85F. I have mine at 81F which is 27C. Also, make sure you shake the syringe and mix up the spores, I had one attempt where I neglected to do this and some of the jars did nothing...no contaminations, no myc. nothing.

Best of Luck!

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Re: No mycelium :( [Re: newmodel]
    #6039745 - 09/07/06 10:18 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

That is one thing, I forgot to shake the syrgine. Unless that is the source of my problem..


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