Hi all, I'm new to this website but have prowled looking for growing tips for a while.
I came here seeking advice/solutions...
I have been trying to grow since end of July.
I've so far created 4 rounds of jars, 18 jars total, and only one has any growth in it (very slow - going on 2.5 weeks and just barely the top of the jar is colonized).
Round 1: Prepped 4 jars at end of July, using 2 year old syringes. After a month, jars showed no growth, so I dumped them into compost and bought new syringes. Few weeks later, compost had mycelium (now totally contaminated), so I know at least one of the old syringes still has viable spores even though they did not grow in my jars.
Round 2: Prepped 6 jars first week of September, using 6 brand new syringes. Only one of these is growing anything, very slowly.
Round 3: Prepped 6 more jars second week of september, using same 6 syringes. No growth yet (~ 12 days in).
Round 4: 2 more jars last Friday: nothing.
I have no idea what I am doing wrong. I am using WBS, and have followed various tek's to the T. I take my time and complete each step thoroughly.
I've altered variables: moisture content in jars - wetter/dryer; breathability - polyfill in holes, layer of dry vermiculite, porous tape over holes; temperature - consistent 80 degrees...
In round 4, I tried shaking the jars after inoculating.
I am fairly confident I don't have contamination in my jars. They're all breathable. None of the jars have sludge or pooling water and they vary in wetness from dry to the touch to condensation on the walls of the jars.
I've just never had this much trouble getting growth started. My only thought is the syringes were super cheap, and maybe I didn't get enough spores or got unviable ones. But even still...the fact there is some growth seems to indicate I should get more than 1/18.....and why is the one going so slow? What might I be doing wrong?
Has anyone else had trouble like this?
Let me know if any more info might help.
Thanks in advance.