October 5, 2008 at 12:06 pm #355817
I thought it was time for an update…
I prepared a few pots of sterlilised substrate. Oops… I forgot to add the gypsum. Wonder how much that will matter???
Here’s a pic of Worowa’s original bag and a pot colonising nicely with the white fluffy mycelium. This was taken a few days ago – it’s nearly reached the bottom of the pot now.
So when do I take the lid off??? Apart from that is it doing ok and as expected??? It’s very exciting, I keep checking them a couple of times a day! 😆October 5, 2008 at 9:57 pm #355818
Looks good TP:tup:-the Gypsum isn’t essential, but it does provide calcium and sulfur, which leads to healthier mycelium and bigger fruit.
Gypsum also helps the grains come apart more easily, when you shake/crumble the container before spawning.
You can start taking the lids off anytime, but the lid helps keep the mycelium moist, and flies out. These guys are tough, and can handle CO2 concentrations 1000’s of times greater than we can, so opening once a day for a quick peek should give them plenty of fresh air.
Have you had a smell of the mycelium? You can sometimes smell it through the plastic, Eryngii has a slight aniseed aroma.
A cold spell helps initiate fruiting, so you can try popping one in the fridge for 24 hours (after fully colonized), and see how it compares.
Good luck, hope to see some mushrooms soon.October 5, 2008 at 10:27 pm #355819MargoMember
here’s an update on my mushies-to-be
These three are in the living room – and I have another 3 (2 fowlers and a number 5 container) in the laundry. I also have a new spawn bag re-colonising.:clap:October 6, 2008 at 6:13 am #355820
Thanks Worowa – and yes I can smell the aniseed, very pleasant. Can’t wait for those mushies now!October 6, 2008 at 9:46 am #355821
They look great Margo!
I’m excited:)October 6, 2008 at 8:11 pm #355822MargoMember
not as excited as me 😆 I’m glad things are colonising at different rates as I’m away for the next 2 weeks so knowing my luck I’ll miss the first few mushies and dh will just tell me how nice they were :lol::lol:October 6, 2008 at 10:19 pm #355823
Thanks Tiddlypom and Margo for the updates. I am still in Darwin and will be on to it when I get home. Looking forward to it.October 17, 2008 at 3:37 am #355824
Vicki, Margo – how are yours going?
Some of my pots are completely white, others still getting there. I’ve put one in my seedling propagator a few days ago to see if the extra warmth makes any difference. No mushies yet though…. getting a bit impatient now but these things have a way of getting there in their own time don’t they 😉October 17, 2008 at 7:50 am #355825
Back from Darwin now, I had a couple of days back to work in the garden and then on a school camp for three days….long and short of it is……
I was going to start it tomorrow but your message made me get on to it tonight.
So I have just made a substrate from wheat bran and coir and gypsum with boiling water.
I filled four vacola jars & one food grade plastic tub 3/4’s full, put the lid on loosely (ie no rubber) and put in the vacola unit – filling up to about an inch below the top of the jars and put the plastic tub one on top.
Have turned the unit on and will leave it on for three hours then turn it off and leave it to cool overnight.
Tomorrow I will heat it again and tomorrow night I will add the spawn.
Nice to know you’re local, should be experiencing similar temperatures to the Barossa Valley. Interested to hear how the proprogator idea worked.
Tomorrow night I will open up the bag and put a tablespoon in each jar and put some of the substrate back into Will’s bag. Does that sound OK? 😐
Looking forward to hearing from Margo when she gets back:wave:October 19, 2008 at 6:34 am #355826
Did you get them done Vicki?
The one I popped in the warmth and humidity of the propagator is growing much fluffier than the others – I imagine that’s a good thing 😀October 20, 2008 at 11:00 pm #355827
Just about to post your free bags of spawn! Thanks for your patience:hug:
It’s actually Hypsyzigus ulmarius, much nicer than Pleurotus ostreatus, and useful in the garden.:tup:
We had some King Oysters for dinner last night, from the same batch I sent out. And I’ve got some in big bags, about 15cm long and 4cm thick so far!!
Unfortunately I’ve had to raise my prices-costs of inputs have gone up, and I’m a bit overwhelmed with work. I’m always open to trading/bartering;)
That sounds fine Vicki. Good luckOctober 22, 2008 at 9:07 am #355828
Yes Tiddlypom. I did it on the 17 and not much action yet. Well I can’t see anything. Do you think I should take it outside where it might get warmer? It’s in the sunroom but we have thick stone walls here and it’s still pretty cool inside (in the 20’s outside during the day) How long before you got some action?
VickiOctober 22, 2008 at 9:13 am #355829
Worowa I thought you had forgotten about the freebie and decided not to worry asking. Does the Hypsy.. one get the same treatment?October 22, 2008 at 10:41 am #355830
Thanks again Worowa – received today. Dinner table conversation went:
– hey mum, what was in your parcel
– more fungus!
– ahhh…. might have guessed. You’re weird!!!
I’ve put 4 of mine now into my warm, humid seed propagator. Still no sign of mushies but the ones in the propagator are growing lots of white fluff!
Should I have left a space under the lids of my pots for things to grow? I didn’t. Perhaps something to learn for next time…October 22, 2008 at 9:51 pm #355831
Once your substrate is fully colonized, you can take the lid off. If little flies might be a problem, you can put a bit of cheesecloth or other breathable fabric over the opening, or put them in a little fly-proof enclosure. The flies don’t seem to venture past our kitchen, so mine are just open, in a spare bedroom.
The extra air exchange helps initiate fruiting.
They also like a bit of cold, 10 degrees celsius, to shock them into fruiting-a short stint (6-12 hours) in the fridge, with lids on, should help.
If the mycelium starts drying out, give it a mist with clean water.
You can try burying a whole block either in the ground, or in a pot. I like pots, they’re more rat proof. I use coir and sand, usually from a pot that has already grown plants. Just cover your block, put it in a shady spot, and either wait for rain, or give it a soak.
Hypsyzigus ulmarius is treated much the same. It has a much bigger cap, and much smaller stem. It is supposed to be a good garden companion to Brassicas, and in my garden it likes mint.
I hadn’t forgotten-I’ve just been snowed under with work, family, running a community garden, helping get another one off the ground….so thanks again for your patience. Like gardening, you need patience when growing mushrooms.
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