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I have two big 10# fp bags filled with bright white azure spawn on alder chips, and I want to expand it several times before I make beds. (I making gift bags for friends, since we don't find this species in our parts ever. Not yet at least.)
So here's what I had in mind: soak a pile of alder chips/beech shavings/hardwood sawdust and place them in a plastic tub along with my spawn and let them colonize.
Question is: do I need to sterilize the new substrate? Just pasteurize it? Or nothing at all, since as an all wood matrix its unlikely to find competitor fungi?
(As a side note to thst theory, I used oatmeal, 1c/bag, to supplement my bags, a la MushMush, and found it quickly contaminated with some Penicillium hitchhiker, but that didn't seem to stop the azurescens from eventually colonizing the entire bag.)
I have two other containers exactly like this one that just got planted outside. . .now I'm trying the same thing with Stropharia r. a. and it seems to be taking to it just fine [not as fast, though]. I can't see why azurescens wouldn't be as successful.
Besides the grain spawn, no PC required
I think these fred meyer shavings might be treated such that they are already somewhat pastuerized, but regardless, it works.
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