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#21 BuckarooBanzai


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Posted 25 October 2005 - 07:49 PM

I live in the deep South, so everything gets a little soupy during the moist season! Seriously, I've gotten some very nice cubies from the grain fed fields. They tend to be more numerous, larger and a little more potent. That could also be because of the risk associated with hitting those fields. The local big agro school (grain only) actually stakes piggies with night vision on the fields near campus during the season. Every year, it seems like 3 or 4 students find that out the hard way...

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 08:46 AM

Here is a pic of a casing that flushed out indoors and was stuck outside to finish. These shrooms are members of the 6th flush I believe. These pinned in rather warm temps but the next day the temps dropped significantly. The day this pic was taken the low was around 33 F and ice was on my windshield. The following morning the temps were slightly cooler. They grew from pins to this size in average temps of about 45 deg F.

outside their temps will fluctuate much more than those grown in artificial conditions.
same with humidity.
not to mention rain and insects, etc.
so in general it would seem that indoor-grown shrooms would be higher quality and potency.
now indoors, it is claimed that shrooms grown in colder temps are actually more potent, but i haven't really seen any proof of the claim.

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 02:31 PM

watch out for the bulls! yup been chased by one on horseback and he was not happy!!!!

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 06:27 PM

It seems the ones on the pies vary, as do the ones on the straw areas you speak of.
I cannot say all the ones from straw areas were stronger than the ones from pies.
Was just wondering, "How did a bull get on a horse?" I think I could have out ran that
act. Must have been some good slp/fmrc
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Posted 26 October 2005 - 06:32 PM

not supposed to eat as you pick....

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Posted 27 October 2005 - 07:51 AM

LMAO @ fmrc. :lol:

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Posted 29 October 2005 - 12:32 PM

I love how this community responds to things like that with polite humor instead of flames and denigration...:cool:

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Posted 01 November 2005 - 09:36 AM

that is one of the key qualities we insist on maintaining here at mycotopia
that sets us apart from many other similar websites.
we require politeness, civility,
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a quality fast disappearing in the real world.

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Posted 02 November 2005 - 01:32 PM

Whenever, where ever you pick any mushroom in the wild. "ALWAYS " put your pickings in a mesh bag. An onion sack is best the mesh plastic. This way when you walk around your like johnny mushroom seed. The spores that fall will insure more to grow !Any mesh bag will do. As long as they don't fall through and you go home with none. My friend went to school in jacksonville.
I would go to visit. We picked some real beuties. I live in south eastern PA.
Does anyone know of wild magic growing around hera ?

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 01:30 AM

Since I just read this thread with a guide by the cool GGreatOne234, I wanted to note that someone in the thread suggested using scissors to cut manured shrooms. And since the thread had no reply button to it, I created this post for further information regarding this guide.

Cutting the shrooms form manure with scissors is not good. It causes oxidation to the mushroom and some loss of potency.

You need to extract and lift the shroom with your first two fingers from the base of the ground without hardly even squeezing the mushroom so as to not cause oxidation which is a loss of some of the psilocine alkaloid That is what it the bluing is. a loss of chemicals when the damaged shroom s enzymes reach the air..

Then with your last two fingers you can flick off the small amount of manure from the bottom of the stem.

This helps preserve the potency of the shroom. And shrooms in manure, especially Copelandia species can reproduce every three days for up to 21 days. I have photographed this growth which will later appear on my site in the cultivation section.

So I am posting here a freshly collected basket of Copelandia cyanescens to show yo how they should look when collecting them without any loss of potency. IF dried properly within a day, they can be of high potency at one dried gram and that would be the equivalent of 1 gram dried of Psilocybe semilanceata or 3 dried grams or so of P. cubensis.

A couple of photos of picked Copelandia species with no damage to cause bluing.


Mushrooms in lawns or fields and meadows of grasses do not need to be cut with scissors for harvesting.

However, most wood chip and bark mulch varieties do or they get massive dirt and crud sticking to them and in the caps and along the stems. So those who should be clipped with scissors and it does help the mycellium under ground survive better. However, if you are on your hands and knees where you are picking massive collections of P. cyanescens, P. stuntzii or P. baeocystis, you are actually already causing massive damage to the mycelia from your weight on the ground. This means some mushrooms will mutate their shapes into and unusual and abnormal designs.

Notice in the images below how their is a lack of bluing in the collected specimens. Only a few become damaged. One should also carry their containers like they were a cup of coffee so as to not shake or disturb the mushrooms in their containers. Keep them still as you walk through the field and not sling or slop the container to and fro. Remember, it is up to you, the collector, to protect your shrooms from damage and oxidation

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