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#1 joystik

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 02:50 AM

I got a reishi culture from sporeworks. I managed to make some petris with it and made some some bamboo sticks for spawn from a few agar wedges. I have to say that this strain is very vigorous and fast.

Since i had no sawdust i tried the reishi on pelletized horse food. This is no easy task, as I have tried this before with cubies and its very prone to contamination. I think its because of mollases they use to make the pellets. Anyway I had to rinse the sub with water really well to get most of it out.

I had no jars at the time so i made myself some myco bags from vegetable bags from the supermarket. I have a home made bag sealer, but still it was not easy cause i had to resize the bags and sometimes they dont end up very well sealed. This caused some bags to contaminate.

Ok so I loaded my PC and sterilized the sub for 2 hours at 15 PSI and let cool overnight. 1 Bag ripped from a bad seal. The rest seemed OK. So I spawned inside my glovebox. I used 3 bamboo sticks per bag.

The bags colonized in about 8 days average. I lost some to contamination from mold and some bacteria as some of the bags had small pores due to bad sealing. My bad. At 100% colonization I made a square cut on the side of each bag and put in the FC.

After a couple of days I could see the Reishi fruits starting to form on the openings. Its so fast at first. Then it slowed down a bit, but they are still growing.

Im gonna put some pics in the best possible order for you to see the development.

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#2 joystik

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 02:53 AM

Some more recent pics. Ill keep posting as they grow.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 03:16 AM

awesome man!!!! those looks great!! I found a wild few last year and tried to culture it but couldn't. :eusa_clap:eusa_clap

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 08:31 AM

Thats great. Keep the pics coming as they mature.:eusa_clap

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 10:37 AM

i spiked a rye bag with reishi - will it work?

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 10:53 AM

i spiked a rye bag with reishi - will it work?


I wanna know this now too.
Reishi seems like a great edible/medicinal to grow!
I bet you could make a little cash off selling them to a health food store or on ebay. (if you hypothetically had a large reishi grow op)

#7 joystik

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 11:52 AM

Yep it will colonize it. But reishi likes wood even more.

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 02:04 PM

it does seem to be colonizing the rye... what should I spawn it to though?

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 11:16 PM

anybody know? can i take this to coir? or just case it? will it fruit like that?

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 08:21 AM

Pasteurize some sawdust and spawn to that. Make some bags with it. Works like a charm. You could also try woodchips.

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 09:59 AM

where would I be able to purchase wood chips or sawdust?what ratio should I use of spawn to sawdust?should I incubate the bags?

#12 joystik

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 07:49 PM

I used very little spawn. Just 2 to 3 small sticks per bag. Check the pics.

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 10:11 PM

Does anyone know Reishi's favorite woods? I read birch somewhere. Would any kinds of domestic be fine? birch, oak, maple?

Beautiful grow. Besides the Cubies, I really want to get some reishi going.

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 10:21 PM

Joystick, what temp's and humidity level are you fruiting at? Also, I guess what temp's for incubation and spawn run too?

Those conks or conch's or however its spelled are going to be pretty big. Great job, I can't wait to watch them finish.

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 08:33 AM

Well Freaky, Its so damn hot here that its impossible to actually control the temps accurately, so I just let them be. I got a thermometer that reads 24C for the lowest and 32C the hottest, this would be nighttime and daytime of course.
I dont have a hygro, so Im not sure what to tell you on the humidity setting. The Tote walls dont form condensation, and i have a computer fan exchanging air for 3 minutes every 6 hours. So my guess would be an average of 65%-80% RH probably. This season is dry so air RH is relatively low.

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 09:15 AM

my reishi myc is incubating in the mid 80s

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 12:20 PM

They´re still growing. Now theyre forming conks. Theres one thats sporulating heavily. Chocolate brown spores.

JoY!

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 10:31 AM

hey... here is a pic of my reishi mycelium - note the brownish spots... does it look to you what is going on on the tops (sides - middles - etc) of your fruiting bags?

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#19 joystik

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 11:45 AM

hey... here is a pic of my reishi mycelium - note the brownish spots... does it look to you what is going on on the tops (sides - middles - etc) of your fruiting bags?


Yes, that happened to me too. I see too much moisture too. Be on the watch for wetspot.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 09:10 PM

They´re still growing. Now theyre forming conks. Theres one thats sporulating heavily. Chocolate brown spores.

JoY!



OH Man !! . ... this is the reason why I want to grow reishi too. Thanks for the pics, they're beautiful.




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