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Growing sideways off the cakes?Drew ManUnkyHerb4 1 12-08-01  07:32 pm
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Sadpanda (Sadpanda)
Posted on Friday, October 05, 2001 - 07:48 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Nanook, you seem to be the most knowledgable when it comes to cultivating from straw beds so here's a few questions for you....

1) Do you know why some of my "little babies" are growing upside down? How would I correct this problem

2) Why are these suckas mostly growing out of the sides of my tray instead of up through the middle?

3) Do you have any suggestions for getting larger yields out of a straw bed?

Questions 1 and 2 have been a reoccuring problem... and that makes me a sad panda...
Any advice would be most appreciated!

Thanks Nanook!
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Nanook of the North (Nanook)
Posted on Friday, October 05, 2001 - 08:22 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Interesting. Could it be a light problem? Shrooms grow towards the light source. Could it be they are confused? Is light comming into the side of the beds through a transparent or translucent container? Try blocking off the light with some foil or duct tape around the outside of the bed right up to the level of the top of the casing, then increase the amount of light falling onto the top of the bed. This will solve you crooked shroom problem.

As far as shrooms growing up along the sides of the bed instead of from the middle... Again check your light source. There may be a problem with your casing too if shrooms are not coming up through it, it sounds like they may be trying to grow around it instead. I have seen this when the pH of the casing is off.

As far as larger yeilds from straw. The best technique to increase yeilds is to spawn with a proven clone strain. Clone a tissue sample taken from the largest shroom growing in a healthy cluster.

I hope this helps.
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doogie howser (Doogie)
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2001 - 09:33 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i have cakes in a terrarium (rubbermaid container), but the pins are growing out every which way, even down towards the ground. how can I get them to grow upwards like all the pretty pictures i see?
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plinkerdink420 (Plinkerdink420)
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2001 - 10:49 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

where is your light source? i've had pins start to grow downward or sideways, but then turn towards the light after a day or so.... i have a dark blue container with a hole cut into the top of the lid covered with plexi glass so i know the only light coming in is from the top so they don't get confused
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Marx2k (Marx2k)
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2001 - 04:13 am:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My friend, she leaves her mushrooms in the dark.. complete dark. She had a flourescent bulb inside the terarrium, attached to the lid that goes off every 6 hours for 30 minutes at a time. Her mushrooms have been growing directly up ever since she did this.
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Nuecrew (Nuecrew)
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2001 - 04:46 am:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A long time ago I read an experiment where one cubensis had no light...anyway all it took was a full spectrum strobe, one millisecond flash to get the mycelia to fruit.
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jim brown (Shrhobbyist)
Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2001 - 12:13 pm:Edit Post Quote Text Delete Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Is there anything wrong with shrooms that don't grow upward? Do crooked shrooms mean a smaller yeild?