Took the spore library out of it's storage container to get a view of what I'll be working with on this adventure back into the hobby. I never catalogued them and there are some where the labels are off (sharpie on plastic). There are plenty to work with until I grow bored. If they're just too old to germinate and grow on any type of medium after hydrating then they'll make some really kickass framed artwork. Some have handwritten messages from old friends here at Topia when they mailed them and it was nice to read through those again when going through everything.
Some pics first:
the youngest of the spore library and enough to have fun with attempting to germinate. November 2004 was the oldest I kept (one of my own) with most dated 2005 through 2006. Any older than that didn't look well taken care of and also looked like the ones I had worked with when I first started back in the late nineties early 00's so just tossed them. Those were my pre-Topia prints anyway.
Mikey - there's a few dixie prints in there
I think the one that surprised me was a Kreeper print but not sure if it's dark enough.
These are the only prints I truly, deep down, want to find a way to come alive again. Of any in the library these are the ones I want to succeed with. These are most likely dirty but the fact I can still see the white/translucent print gives me hope. I printed these on acid free paper - per Hippie3's suggestion during my grow with these. Chances are slim to none, but somewhere on that paper I have hope that they'll make a come back.
I'm going to frame this. I think there may be a link in the old archives or even the new from Shed's grow and of his laminated printing technique. I've always treasured this print and now it will be part of the myco hobby room. If I can locate those links I'll post them.
These prints are definitely going to need hydration before they can go to any type of medium. I'm going to work with the biggest, darkest prints in the stacks to start with in the hopes that quantity of spores helps my success rate. I'm doing a lot of research and reading also, please share your experiences and any links if you would like.
I will be experimenting and trying many different approaches. I'm okay with failure and expect it as well as welcome it. There is always something to learn even when things don't work.
I look forward to others input and ideas as well as their critiques. So please, don't be shy, we're all in this together.
Also, part of the fun of this will be that it will not be done in front of a flow hood. I'll be using a Still Air Box or SAB. I have to replace my sterilizer/pressure canner as my AA's were dumped along with all my other large items from the past. So the first few attempts will be through simple steam sterilization practices for the hydration steps.
I'll update once I get some spores to sterile water.
Looking forward to sharing some home mycology fun with everyone and it's so good to be back and doing what I love!
If you've wondered where I disappeared to; I didn't have legal trouble or anything like that lol. All was well and good, just had 3 kids to raise on my own and that, with work, didn't leave me with time or a home environment I was comfortable in growing with them in and their friends coming and going as well. It was easier to step back and enjoy those years watching them grow into independent, free-thinking, self-sufficient young adults who I am very proud of and knowing my hobby and love of Topia and mycology would be there again when the time was right. This is that time now and for the future.