thank you!Wait, so you are putting your first print that you ever took, 5 years ago, onto agar, now?! If that's the case, I would very much like you to share your results on this thread!
i just put my very frist spore print (pesa) on agar. its been 5 years since ive work with them and im so excited to see its mycelium growing :) there's something special about the first strains imo
yup :) just made the first transfer of clean myc (was expecting contam on the first plates). i will for sure post the new results vs the very first flush i got from it and the cap i took the print from. im very excited to see those guys again
Good luck, hope you get some to pop since you'd be selecting for spore longevity which IMO is an under-appreciated trait.
I've had a bunch of strains whose spores all crapped out in 3 years, showing no growth at all when I tried to use them (they were stored in syringes in the fridge). But one of them still worked, and it fruited nicely (it was just a bit slow to get started).
I'd been given a handful of syringes by someone who'd ordered a bunch 3 years prior but never got around to growing any. The one (out of seven) that grew ended up becoming my standard go-to strain for the vast majority of my grows. I've tested prints out to 6 years old and they still grow, so I started to really appreciate spore longevity as a desirable trait since I don't grow all the time. I'm also curious how much spore vigor and longevity relate to other desirable traits like clustering (it's a great strain for that plus I select for it when making prints) or speed of colonization (it's MUCH faster than the first strain I ever grew, which was the PF Classic).
I still grow the PFCs every few years or so to keep a fresh stock of spores (it's got decent longevity, too).
ive been trying to bring them back for few months now, i made those prints in foil and them put them in a photo album. ive been trying germinate them on agar and it finally took off last week. i really hope it fruits. the original grow was from a bag block on a martha tent. was my very first big fruit :).
this time id try to fruit them in a monotub and actually work with them.