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Need Help Bad!!
    #825075 - 08/18/02 09:08 AM (16 years, 1 month ago)

This is my first attempt to grow mushrooms. I started off by cultivating spores in agar and I successfully obtained mycelium. Then, I pressure cooked my canning jars filled with birdseed/water and innoculated them with the mycelium from the petri dishes. It has been about a week since the innoculation and absolutely nothing has happened. No mycelium has grown, no contamination.....nothing. What could have gone wrong?? Could it be the birdseed??

Oh yea, here are a few things that could have gone wrong, but I'm not sure:

1) I think I used too much water, as the birdseed still looks kind of wet. Would this make the mycelium not grow?
2) I innoculated the jars when they were still pretty hot, so could this have possibly killed the mycelium?
3) I read once that some birdseed has a coating on it, and it should be removed, but I think this was mainly for contamination reasons.

Edited by afdispatch (08/18/02 10:32 AM)

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Re: Need Help Bad!! [Re: afdispatch]
    #825127 - 08/18/02 09:47 AM (16 years, 1 month ago)

just put them in the dark, sometimes it takes a while

how's your WOW?

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Re: Need Help Bad!! [Re: afdispatch]
    #825369 - 08/18/02 12:13 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

You really want to wait until your jars are cold. I know its hard but patience is the key to cultivation. A good birdseed ratio is 2:1 bs:water. If this is what you did then water content should be fine. The coating should be removed because it causes clumping which prevents you from shaking the jars, slowing colonization times down.

You might have got a yellow slime type of contam. Sometimes it is hard to see. if you smell your jars it is a lot easier to detect. It should smell a little south of cheese. If you don't notice a smell, then I would have to ges you killed the Myc. with the temp of your seed.

better luck next time.


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