When building the fruiting chamber, what is the purpose of the tin foil platforms for the colonized cakes as shown p26 of “Magic for the Masses”? Also, if I use a humidifier do I still need perlite in the fruiting chamber? One more question... Fruiting temperatures are not discussed as much as initial colonization temperatures (which I've read to be 70 to 80F), what are the best temperatures for fruiting and how important is a stable temperature vs one that moves a few degrees during the day/night cycle? Thanks in advance.
Fruiting Chamber Questions
Posted 12 June 2019 - 09:10 PM
The foil is to prevent contact between the cake and the perlite. Otherwise the fungi may try to colonize the perlite.
Posted 19 June 2019 - 12:48 PM
Posted 23 June 2019 - 12:45 PM
Using a humidifier is superior to and eliminates the need for perlite imo. They could be complementary, for example if you are trying to save on power consumption by leaving a humidifier on most of the time, or you plan on being away for a while and want to avoid missing the humidifier maintenance schedule. I have always had a -/+ 2 degree fluctuation in temp by day n night, no big deal..I have found personally that a 21-23 degrees C is best for fruiting..I don't think the exact consistency in temp level is part of nature's way..just my opinions
Posted 24 June 2019 - 11:27 PM
As I continue to read and learn, it appears that there is more to it than just keeping the fruiting chamber at a high humidity, but also to moisten the pins and then dry them out by fanning. I think that with my first PK Tek grow I will incorporate a humidifier, but plan on the manual method of spraying and fanning with intermittent humidifier experimentation. Maybe a humidifier set at 80 to 90% humidity followed by some air using an aquarium air pump, computer fan or something. I got a power controller for humidity and temperature so that might help. I haven’t found any good threads on a humidifier set up so if anyone can point me to some teachings, please do. I’ll keep looking too…. Thanks for the responses. Take Care.
Edited by Thacan, 24 June 2019 - 11:27 PM.