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mushrooms that grow similarly to cubes?


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#1 liferider

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Posted 01 October 2021 - 03:30 AM

i have been growing cubes for around a year now and enjoy it very much, however i now have a lot of cubes in storage in my cupboard and have had to stop growing for a while because i have far more than i can eat.

i was wondering if there are other types of mushroom that grow in the same way that cubes do, or similar to them? so i can start to grow other mushrooms, expand my knowledge and continue my new hobby.

 

any suggestions? and what would the difference be?

 

thank you :wub:


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Posted 01 October 2021 - 08:23 AM

Lions mane or oysters are a good place to branch out to if you want ones that taste better.
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Posted 02 October 2021 - 04:21 AM

thank you. do they grow the same way? if not do you know of any good teks to get me started in the right direction?

i have been doing: agar > rye grain > coir (shoebox).

 

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Posted 02 October 2021 - 08:01 AM

Are you looking for gourmet or more fun ones?

 

Oysters will work that same way. Not ideal but a good starting place to see if you enjoy them. Most of us have trouble fruiting with pure coir. Most of the gourmet prefer wood substrate. Wood BBQ pellets work. Better to source local wood.

 

https://learn.freshc...yster-mushroom/


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Posted 02 October 2021 - 09:43 AM

My personal opinion.........dive into growing the various oysters in the same manner as you learned the cubie technique(s). NOT that they are grown the exact same way but that you learned from others HOW to do it. Oysters are very aggressive species and they are quite tasty too. They are also fairly easy to grow on many substrates. Once you generate clean grain spawn via the (agar->grain->??) route it's pretty much on. I have found the method of inoculation via agar wedges to sterile rye to be extremely effective as shown in many books on the subject. This of course is demonstrated repeatedly in the OMC and elsewhere by numerous examples. There is a ton of info available.....Topia is a GREAT PLACE for pretty much endless study on the various topics...

 

IMHO......First thing to do is figure out a substrate you have readily available and then work up (as in study and adopt/apply one of the MANY methods) a method of creating the colonized fruiting "block(s)". Bag culturing works, buckets work, beds outside work, and etc. etc. By far the biggest difference will be fruiting. Oysters NEED way more fresh air than cubes and in fact my outdoor blocks of oysters get hydrated via the garden hose and natural rain so there are some differences of course. One of the most important things that I've learned is that it is the fungus itself that teaches us how and what it needs....repetition brings familiarity and experience, which I call inter-species communication.

 

Growing and studying mushrooms is fun regardless of the species, oysters are a great place to start especially since you've been successful with cubes...

 

Good fungal growing vibes to you!

 

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Posted 02 October 2021 - 10:08 AM

Aspen Chips and Oysters are a Simple starting Point.  Clean spawn and Hot water Soak(for Chips) and you are in Business.  


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Posted 04 October 2021 - 07:52 AM

thank you all for the help :wub:

i am looking for gourmet. i have enough cubes to last me a long time but i have fallen in love with growing mushrooms :) looks like oysters are the next step. i still have much to learn about the process and i think trying another species will help me learn.

maybe one day i will grow A. Muscaria :biggrin:

i will look up some teks for oysters and figure out what my best options for substrate are, starting with aspen chips. i have been doing the absolute minimum for cubes to save money (hence using straight coir) so this will be a good chance to move forward and learn more about substrates and probably improve my cube grows too.

 

thanks :wub:


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Posted 04 October 2021 - 11:34 AM

I’m starting some of these too . Good luck

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Posted 06 October 2021 - 12:17 PM

You will REALLY start to understand mushrooms overall and will be able to grow anything expanding your horizons.  AND... YES... when you go back to growing Cubes(eventually... we all do) they will be bigger better and healthier with the acquired knowledge across the board. I'm straight addicted to making hard wood pellet blocks... I give King Oysters a ton of credit for my current success and overall knowledge... really taught me Humidity and Air and the fine line of TOO wet.  


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#10 liferider

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Posted 10 November 2021 - 05:19 AM

thanks for the replies.

i haven't even had a chance to get started with this yet. life got on top of me for a while but it has been bouncing around my head constantly!

hopefully i get more time soon.






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