Aha! I finally got to the point of some succes with the spores I took from these specimens.
I took four spore prints, two of the specimens dropped a lot of spores, and two ended up producing a less dense print. I hadn't read into taking spore prints at the time so I messed up by not letting the prints dry before folding the foil and storing in a baggy - which made for some bad prints in case of the dark prints.
I didn't know at the time I started streaking these spores onto agar the effect of not doing your prints the right way, and thought it would be best to use the thick prints to start out with. Tried two times from both of these thick prints, on several plates,with not much luck other than some mycelial growth I wasn't able to save from its horribly contaminated habitat.
So, the third time I tried one of the prints that didn't look so cool but seemed cleaner and weren't wet when I stored them. At this point I knew how to do printing so I figured it would give me more chance of succes than my previous attempts. Something else which happened by chance this time, is that I made a thinner agar mix, simply because I was too impatient to notice I hadn't mixed in my ingredients quite well.
I just recently learned that this mistake might have come in helpful since a thinner agar mix would help in hydrating the spores.
I was extra careful with my sterile technique because this had caused me some problems before, and this resulted in some nice clean streaks onto my plates, that stayed clean the first week unlike my previous attempts.
I did four dishes the 19th of November and two of them have started germinating yesterday, showing more promise today.
I am so pleased with this, I had almost given up on the prints I took!
I suspect the two cleaner prints were also more clean because I took those specimens from the underside of the patch they grew from, so they might have been less exposed to the elements. Might have well been younger too.
Hope to be able to update with some pictures soon at the point I'm ready to make some transfers.
Edited by RutgerHauer, 24 November 2019 - 05:17 AM.