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#1 Benredbeard

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 07:24 PM

With fall comes the season of fitting all the damned house plants indoors again. It turns out I have a 4x4 grow tent in storage, and now with the mushrooms thing I'm considering combining fruiting tent and orchids/tropicals, humidity-lovers.

I understand that if I'm a little tardy on the oyster harvest they'll get all spored up. But any other reason this might be a bad idea? The plants are on stainless shelving with T5 grow light banks which will be plenty for the mushrooms.
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#2 Smi7lo

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 07:29 PM

Currently doing a similar thing. Combo grow. One thing I've noticed is the humidity is crazy high and which is great for tropicals but normal house plants it's too much. That's what I've got so far...

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 06:55 AM

Good question. I was thinking about trying this as well with a slight twist and using two tents with the mushroom tent exhausting to the plant tent.

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 02:58 PM

One thing that I've noticed, and I don't know if it's terribly important, but the mushrooms give off heat. This time of year it's fine, but I wonder if it would out weigh the benefits of the co2 production. Guess that's something to look into next year

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 03:08 PM

Trich loves soils... Mixing plants and mushrooms would be cool but you are going to find it difficult to manage without higher than typical contamination rates.



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 03:41 PM

I'm not running soil. Coco, Verm, gypsum, rockdust, and liquid fertilizers. Also running ro water. I don't believe any of that would cause contamination.

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 04:32 PM

I hadn't considered that P-Jam. I think it's not so much that sterile media would introduce, so much as harbor trich (which is nearly ubiquitous in our environment at low levels).

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 03:57 PM

Just a bit of an update on mine. They're fruiting now. I didn't have any contamination. My tent temps were stable and now it's going to be a benefit. I did get fungus gnats which were annoying
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Posted 15 December 2019 - 12:47 AM

Tents seem to work great because they simulate  their own room. The problem with having plants around a fungus grow is that pest that contaminate the plant will be more likely to get into the fungi and eat away at it.

 

I had this problem six months ago where I had gotten fungus gnats in my grow. At that time I was growing in bags and also an SGFC in a room with plants. When I watered the plants too much fungus gnats would be there and it was really not fun to see them get into the fungus. Also with plants that like a lot of water there will be more fungus gnats, not to mention the higher spore load by introducing plants into the tent. Perhaps if all of your fungus can fit into a tub fruiting chamber, that would be a cheap solution  so your plants can have someplace warm. You could try a shadow box?

 

Now adays since I have a supply of sane to use, I will case my plants with sand so that less fungus gnats can get through the surface to breath.






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