This was my first attempt at growing Psilocybe Hoogshagenii/Semperviva Var. Convexa.
Genetics donated by the good man Mjroomer (thanks pal!). Big thanks to whomever collected this strain, and a nod to Searle Hoogshagen, R.I.P.
Substrate: Sterilized horse manure compost, 2" thickness.
Casing: Sterilized 50/50 peat moss/coarse vermiculite + oyster shell and calcium carbonate for pH adjustment. 1/4" thickness.
Culture cleaned on MYA, clean in three plates and transferred to malt/corn syrup liquid culture. Liquid culture was used to inoculate 1/2qt of millet, which was then expanded to bulk at a ratio of 1:2 grain to compost.
Fruiting temperature: 75F
Light misting 2x/day.
Fresh air provided with airstones under water and 4" of perlite.
Additional fresh air exchanges provided automatically with a CPU fan on 5 minute/4 hour cycles.
Once pins appeared fanning was cut back to 3 minute/4 hour cycles.
Bach's flute sonatas were played to them occasionally throughout all stages of growth.
Incubation: 12 days @78F
Primordia formation: 14 days.
Harvest: 30-35 days (some fruits took longer to mature).
Harvested tray soaked in reverse osmosis water overnight and reintroduced to fruiting conditions on 5 minute/4 hour fanning cycles.
Total yield on first flush: 4g dry.
Stipes were very thick/dense and readily bruised brown to blue. Caps were a little small, and no spores were produced. I accidentally left the fan on for two hours mid-grow, and I believe this dried and stunted the growth of the caps. I think I'll eliminate the fanning entirely after primordia formation on the next flush. I can't wait to eat some.
In the coming days I'll post a description of my fruiting chamber along with a detailed tutorial on its construction, so stay tuned.