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#1 hyphaenation

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 06:59 PM

Last summer I made a couple of beds in the yard. One was P. Cyanfriscosa and the other P. Cyans (PNW). It was a little late in the season by the time I made the beds due to a mid-summer move. I laid down moist cardboard and then on top of that in both cases I used a mixture of hardwood woodchips, straw and potting soil, layed with colonized alder chip spawn.The beds did well but never fruited before freeze-up came.

This spring as the snow subsided I could see that there was life in both beds. Late in the season I topped each bed with soaked wooodchips of birch and maple. As I looked in the bed I could see rhizomorphic mycelium stretching into the new chips and on the straw that I used for mulch.

Soon the snow disappeared entirely. So I decided to expand these beds. What I did was soak birch shavings over night and then pasturize them for 2 hours at 165 F and then drain. After cooling I started layering some birch shavings, a clump of cyanofriscosa, more shavings etc until I filled each pot. I marked the pots and put them where they will colonize (greenhouse).

I repeated this proceedure for the P. Cyans bed. Each pot has islands of healthy mycelium covered with pasturized birch in layers. When this colonizes I plan on making a seperate bed for each pot. Some near my favorite fishing spots...

The original beds were topped back up with woodchips and they should recover. In the case of the P. Cyans (well colonized) I can take chunks from the edges and make several pots and still leave the bed intact. The cyanofriscosa bed was much smaller so I took most of it.

Hopefully I can now get prepared to start these other beds in different locations. Making chips is one of my biggest jobs. Right now is the perfect time to be cutting barches to chip as the leaves are yet to come out and the sugars are high. I'm going to try some experiments with P. Cyans and Cyanofriscosa on bamboo. I have this idea that if you get it going in bambo chips under a bamboo patch it could become self propetutating.

More later.

Input welcome.

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 08:08 PM

At the same time as I moved the beds I kept some pots with clusters of the old colony and new chips. These pots I colonized indoors at 60 F for a couple months. When I set them outside in the woods they finished colonizing but never fruited before snowfall.

I actually dug through a foot of snow and took one inside. It was frozen soild. It thawed out and I was happy to see that it was still well alive. I added it to new chips and it grew.

So now i'm still waiting for the others to become visible from the snow and i'll use each one to make a new bed.

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 08:12 PM

Sounds and looks great so far hyph,
We'll be anxiously waiting! :D

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 08:18 PM

May the spores be with you ...

Azures coming along nicely to. Will add to this thread when they hit the wood sub.

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 08:21 PM

what did you start your azures on?

My print was too old i guess, i got nothing on my wbs.
I still have some spores in a solution, i dont know what
to do with em to get em to germ.

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 08:27 PM

I started the Azures on popcorn. That was a tip from Waylitjim. Its good to always use the smallest jars possible for woodlovers like AZ because they grow slowly, while contams grow at normal speed.

If the Azure spores are from a fairly sterlize source than you might be best to use a BRF / sawdust / bran mix like waylitjim describes. The spores catch on the bran, spread to the BRF and finally to the wood for a taste of whats to come. Problem is if its a dirty print than the contams hatch just as easily.

Did you make an LC ? I think you should donate a drop to that cause...

Further reading if your bored

http://mycotopia.net...dlover-tek.html

http://mycotopia.net...ice-azures.html

http://mycotopia.net...utdoor-log.html

http://mycotopia.net...woodlovers.html

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 11:58 AM

Here's the Azure jars on popcorn. Hopefully very soon I can bury them in pots of birch shavings, then into a bed.

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 03:23 PM

Good luck Hyph :thumbup:

it is amazing how the myc resumes growth
soon after the snow melts away :amazed:

let's hope this fall is a fruitful one :)

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 03:36 PM

what did you start your azures on?

My print was too old i guess, i got nothing on my wbs.
I still have some spores in a solution, i dont know what
to do with em to get em to germ.


I don't know where you got your print, but I had one that I got from sporeworks during the exotics 4 for 40 special that wouldn't germ on anything either. I contacted them about it and they replaced it with a syringe and it showed up strong and healthly on pda after about 5 days.

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 03:44 PM

I got my Azures from Jedi Council .... :reb:

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 04:38 PM

Glad to hear they all made it through Hyph - you'll be cookin this season i bet..

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 04:51 PM

I honestly feel like keeping the transplant pots outside. Everytime I colonize woodlovers inside troubles come. Outside they can be frozen solid and still be fine.




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