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Best non-active species for monotub growing?

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#1 Samwise



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Posted 23 February 2023 - 10:53 AM

Hi peeps, wondering if anyone has any recommendations on non-active species (preferably relatively beginner friendly) that would be well suited for monotub growing? From having a google trawl it seems there are a few potential options such as button mushrooms, shaggy mane, wine caps and possibly king oyster. I have the opportunity of teaching a comprehensive 'from spore to spore' fungi workshop in a few months and think I would like to focus on the monotub approach to fruiting which has done me well and it seems like a pretty straightforward, fool proof method (want to make this as accessible to beginners as possible). I expect the majority of the attendees will be interested in cultivating active psilocybin species using this approach, but given the legality of the latter, I will obviously need to focus on a surrogate non-active species instead, only I'm not really sure might be my best option to focus on. Any input on this would be welcome. Thanks  :smile:

#2 ideaman



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Posted 24 February 2023 - 08:44 PM

I have seen some gnarly reishi grows in monotubs. Oysters too but they are not set and forget.

I have already started some projects with this exact idea in mind. I have a feeling Tiger Sawgill - (Lentinus tigrinus)  will do great. i just bought some pre made sawdust spawn. Gonna run it and plate it. I wanted to try calocybe indica but my culture wont wake up. I'm not sure the policy about posting links but if you want to PM me ill send you a link to a trusted vendor that will have all sorts of mushrooms to try. 


I am making a bunch of over supplemented HWFP spawn so that way it equals to about 20-25% after it is spawned into differnt ratios of bucket tekt coir and coir/HWFP 

Bran is the most expensive part but I also want to make 4# bran/gypsum bags and spawn that to bucket tecket feul pellets. ( my guess is that is the equivalent to spawning PF tek to coir) But that ratio might get too hot.

Get the air flow dialed in for the specific specie and im sure monos will be great for a number of species . i see people posting stellar pan cyan monos and they are pikie AF

Please post your experiments

Edited by ideaman, 24 February 2023 - 09:07 PM.

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#3 Mycol



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Posted 24 February 2023 - 08:57 PM

I’ve wanted to try king oyster monotubs

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Posted 16 March 2023 - 12:48 PM

pretty certain stropharia would be a no go; think they take two years to fruit if i remember correctly. 

#5 Ferather



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Posted 17 March 2023 - 10:09 AM

Warm or cold fruiting? Cold, id say maybe try King oyster because its easy enough to get, else I like Tarragon oyster or similar. You can try other gourmets, but some may be a bit more trickier or require more steps, oyster tend to be the easiest to start with.


King oysterTarragon oyster

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Posted 28 March 2023 - 05:54 PM

And by beginning with oysters you'll gain immediate experience, quickly getting a solid grasp of air exchange and humidity requirements....IME


If you asked me.....I'd grow a large sawdust block/cake in a filter patch bag (or similar) and let it really consolidate well....then do your mono tub fruiting on a rack above a pool of saltwater.... 


Most of the edibles I grow need a ton of air and moisture (as in spraying with a mister) too.....oysters are the easiest start for sure....


I've been growing them for years can get away with a ton of things, EXCEPT, letting them get too wet or worse sitting in water.....


Good vibes!



Edited by Arathu, 28 March 2023 - 05:58 PM.

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