Communal Gymnopilus spp. grow?
Posted 09 October 2020 - 11:23 PM
Posted 19 October 2020 - 03:39 PM
I picked up half pint jars and dropped large wedges from the original germ plates on WBS. 5 jars in total. Feeling much better and more clearheaded. And the smaller spawn jars and more genetics ought to give me more chances on this.
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Posted 19 October 2020 - 07:38 PM
Posted 19 October 2020 - 08:30 PM
Thanks, and sorry to hear about your grow Jrotten and that's a good strategy to test numerous cultures especially with wild spores where there's still a ton of genetic diversity.
@Celestialexplorer1 I recall seeing knots at 2 weeks. The clusters appear to develop slow at first before rapidly expanding once they reach 1/2" in height. I've done several grows and the following took 2 months to fruit.
They were fruited at lower temps at around 50f which may contribute to the lag. Different genetics so it's hard to say but this lot took by far the longest of all grows. It may even be a different species since taxonomy on Gymnopilus is still in it's infancy and it can be tough to tell species apart even through microscopy.
The most prolific flushes I've achieved were with G.dilepis and they also tend to grow larger than other active gyms. They took between 2-3 weeks to fruit after full colonization.
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Posted 19 October 2020 - 09:59 PM
Posted 19 October 2020 - 10:10 PM
Yes they are very colorful species. You never quite know how they'll turn out until they fruit. These grows were all fruited indoors in a fridge FC. I photograph my grows outdoors as I find natural lighting makes for better pictures.
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Posted 19 October 2020 - 10:31 PM
Lovely grows! Would you be willing to share more details about your FC? Were these grows all at lower temperatures?
Posted 21 October 2020 - 03:18 AM
The first grows in small containers were done in a modified mini fridge.
I built a custom replacement door filled with perlite which provided passive humidification and fresh air exchange. It worked well for a number of species but it was more of an artistic concept. I fruited them in the 55-65 range to replicate the natural seasonal temps here. I originally built the FC to fruit P.subaeruginosa,allenii and other temperate species. In latter experiments I realize gyms are not so sensitive to warmer temps as the caramel cap wood lovers. If one can keep temps around 65-70 they'll still fruit and may do so at even higher temps but I haven't experimented beyond that range so building a fridge FC may not be necessary at all. Even if you do go that route there's much simpler ways to utilize a fridge as a fruiting chamber.
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Posted 21 October 2020 - 06:27 PM
By the way.. absolutely brilliant
Edited by Celestialexplorer1, 21 October 2020 - 06:31 PM.
Posted 22 October 2020 - 09:00 PM
smellitstinknot, did you have any luck with the sect. cyanescens species in there? I've been thinking of putting together a cold fruiting chamber at some point in the next year with the same goal; I was thinking of using a chest freezer with a temperature controller. Your setup looks quite nice!
Posted 22 October 2020 - 09:55 PM
Posted 22 October 2020 - 10:24 PM
The mushrooms you see in the fridge pics are Psilocybe alutacea, a close relative of P.semilanceata.
@newmoon are you referring to the sect.zapotecorum species? It's a tropical species so I haven't bothered with the fridge FC. I have managed to fruit the species in a tub of perlite with the cracked lifted at room temp (70-75) and they took over a month to pin. The closest species to P.cyanescens I've fruited indoors is a cake of P.subaeruginosa.
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Posted 23 October 2020 - 11:28 AM
Posted 23 October 2020 - 06:51 PM
Awesome! I was wondering about the subaeruginosa, allenii, etc. Very nice success with the subs.