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okay, so i left my house for a few days, and i have a few blocks of Agrocybe aegerita that just started fruiting a few days ago. The mushies are still little pins, about at this stage http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3090/2614329935_fdaaf5a033.jpg?v=0 (picture taken from someone else's site...) My 2 questions are this: #1 How little FAE can this particular species deal with? right now they are nice and chubby, no elongation, or small caps, etc. I made it into a shotgun FC before this session of fruitings... poked quite a few 1/4 inch holes all over (top, bottom and sides). And i can probably get my girlfriend to do it a few times while i'm away, but she won't be very diligent about it (maybe one or two times per day) AND #2 How long until these little buggers are ready to pluck from sub for eating? i've never grown these guys before, so i don't know flush times yet... just need to know how many days i have until i need to go back and tend to my little babies....
Agrocybe aegerita is very CO2 tolerant. It will even fruit completely inside a sealed mycobag just like you may have seen with invitro cubensis grows. They tend to be more elongated but still OK. Minimal air exchange should produce normal looking mushrooms but may increase contamination issues if the air is very stale.
Flushes should be mature about 7 days after pinning, but the quality is better if you pick them before sporulation. Your temperature is going to have a great affect on the maturing speed so its hard to predict with any accuracy.
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yeah, temps in my FC right now are a little high, they're producing pretty slowly. It's like 65 in there right now... These guys want between 50-60. My girlfriend has been fanning it once or twice a day though, and sounds like they're doing just fine without me. I'll be back to check on my babies, as well as my mass amounts of colonizing jars of various other things as well tomorrow.