Good day All
So, I'm mega confused.
I did a grain to bulk, with what I was certain was a clean GT culture from an Agar plate, (I'd transferred a number of times from original plate to make sure of cleanliness)
Spawn-Sub ratio 1:2 more/less, Substrate 50/50 Coir / Cow shit
I recently moved to a sub-tropical climate, and so the ambient temperatures are much higher then where I was living before, (75 nights, 86 days pretty consistent) so after 6 days I checked on the monotub- saw what looked like full colonization, and initiated FC.
Last summer, Life caused me to move into a forced grow-sabbatical, wherein I had to keep my cultures in a less -than -ideal storage situation for a few months - which could be part of the reason this is as it is.
Some signs of... weirdness? The brown/Yellow color you can see in the photos
However, it looked familiar to me; and when I've grown Reishi before, I've noticed the same coloring... also, the same type of "take over the sides of the jar with a strange -mushroom fleshy feeling mycelial blanket found on the sides of the sub a bit
My hypotheses are
1. Somehow I mixed up my cultures, and these are indeed reishi fruits growing from this bulk -sub
In which case; Question 1. How? Reishi isn't a coprophilic mushroom...?
and Question 2. How could I have mixed up these cultures???? (I'm normally excellent with the labeling)
2. This is the fruiting form of some other contaminant... in which case, interesting, and ID please?
3. This is some strange mutated form of GT (which is the only form of it so far I've been able to successfully grow).
Help? Currently have two grain jars colonizing with the same culture, but I'm hesitant-in-the-direction-of-NO to go to bulk with what might end up growing some rare form of fruit that's entirely unintended....
Right now have the sub sitting exposed to the wind on my porch, where I'm misting it whenever I chance to walk by; merely to see how these strange fruits progress.
Edited by Severian, 17 January 2021 - 10:30 AM.