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OfflineElmore
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Casing Care
    #604071 - 04/10/02 08:48 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I just got a pretty good flush from a casing of a PF-Tek cake...it seems like its getting a little dry...what is the best practice for extending the life of a casing? Do I add another thin layer of casing and mist? I've seen the term "deep scratching" somewhere...does this have to do with casing care?

Your advice is, as always appreciated, but only on a theoretical level.



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Re: Casing Care [Re: Elmore]
    #604089 - 04/10/02 09:29 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

you should mist your casing after each flush, and when it looks dry.
deep scratching is just to prevent overlay


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Re: Casing Care [Re: Elmore]
    #604105 - 04/10/02 09:57 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Deep scratching, with cubensis at least, is typically a last resort used to try and initiate pinning. If you are already pinning then you do not want to scratch the casing layer. Scratching can be very risky because it will spread any isolated contamination thoughout the entire casing layer.


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Re: Casing Care [Re: Elmore]
    #604125 - 04/10/02 10:50 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Deep scratching is awsome. It forces the mycilium to grow around the surface and repair itself. This in turn makes knots and knots make pinheads. It also makes for a much more even pin set and the pins do not compete with eachother for space as much.

If there was contamination, isolated or not, in your casing it would probibly be best to throw it out so there is no real disadvantage. You might even save yourself a case of the runs by not eating contaminated fruit from those "isolated" spots.


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Re: Casing Care [Re: Elmore]
    #604143 - 04/10/02 11:29 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

never let your casing dry out. the moisture level in your casing is directly linked to the size, quantity and quality of your developing fruitbodies. water is the sustainer of life. deprive your casing of moisture, you rob it of life and it will cease to be fruitful and multiply.
before pinning and in between flushes you can freely mist your casing. i use a mixture of h2o & hydrogen peroxide. after pinning has occured and until harvest takes place you can add moisture to your casing by pouring a small amount in the corner or side of the container that your casing is in and it will reach the mycelium through a wiicking action.
i personally recase also after about the third flush with newly moist sterilized 50/50 mix
gluck!.


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Re: Casing Care [Re: Elmore]
    #604189 - 04/10/02 12:30 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Wow, thanks y'all...if I had a casing that was pulling away from the edge of its container because it was drying out, I'd mist it and edge-fill it immediately...it would be a casing with verm-only on the bottom and a jiffy mix top layer. If I had a casing of fungi that is, which I don't.


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Re: Casing Care [Re: XAZIA]
    #604639 - 04/10/02 08:41 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

do you have your casing on the bottom or somehting?
my case is on the top and it dries out, misting this with h2o2 mixture i found has bruised.
but straight water doesnt seem to!


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