[quote name="explorer7" post="1336024" timestamp="1505960397"]
Thanks so much brother! Amazing info
Once I harvest these pins, can I soak for 24 hours (I assume with distilled water), and then drain the water.
Do you suggest I put another casing after soaking?[/quote]
Take any comments from me with an extra helping of salt as my experience with the mex types are extremely limited and I am in no way, shape or form worthy of offering quality advice or recommendations
The only time I ever use distilled water is within my AA pressure cooker to avoid mineral buildup/deposits as I detest cleaning that beast! I mostly just use bottled "spring" water (thats freshly opened hoping to avoid unnecessarily large contaminates) for soaks or mists etc.
I've never recased mine after harvesting a flush as I simply shear them off at casing level with scissors leaving the casing intact. The stems on all the mex types I've ever grown are tenacious and tough little buggers. Very fiberous and much tougher than they appear.
The only methods Ive used indoors is doing a long sclerotia grow of at least 6 months, harvesting the large stones then simply putting the spawn (including smaller sclerotia) in a tray and case perhaps 3/8 - 1/2 inch thick. Harvesting sclerotia is a huge pita to me and its simply easier to grow more than obsess about pulling smaller stones. Besides, through both cloning stones after selecting/sectoring mycellium on agar Ive managed to isolate a galindi thats a very decent producer of larger stones which also fruits nicely. It did seem to me that the trays which had the most leftover sclerotia in them both pinned first and fruited more aggressively, but I cant say with any certainty that this statement is in all reality the truth.
One other highly subjective observation I seem to have been finding is that the outdoor fruits seem noticeably more potent and Ill even go so far as say have a slightly different vibe to them. Of course I have nothing to back up such claims, there are way too many variables involved, statements as this are extremely and unreliably subjective but its simply been a recurring feeling every time I've done some form of comparison "study" lol.
I have a group of galindoi bags which need to be harvested of sclerotia and put in trays/cased asap as they are approaching the 8 month mark ... which is where in my past experience things can often start to deteriorate. This time I'll case with a mix containing a generous portion of sand. I've seen many mentions and pics with strong indicators that the mex group benefits pretty noticably when sand is a component of the casing mix. Being more familiar now on my isolates performance without a sandy casing mix .... using it should prove interesting.
This thread actually encouraged me to finally put some Chicon Ninda mex spores Ive had for awhile now to agar. Once I narrow down the genetics to a few more uniform isolates, I'm interested in how it performs producing sclerotia and fruiting. The only other mex type Ive played with is Jalisco and the genetics I narrowed down performed poorly producing sclerotia and even more pitifully fruiting. It could of been simply my poor skills selecting sectors when on agar, so I'll likely try again at some point from ground zero going from multispore to agar.
I have been trying very unsuccessfully to source some mex "A" spores for a very, very long time now. Many say they have at some point either seen it or worked with it but no longer have it. It's now like some bigfoot myth and largely a mystery if it still even exists.
Best of luck and I look forward to following your progression
Edited by Organicanna, 21 September 2017 - 11:53 AM.