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#1 abaca

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 09:32 PM

I can't find coir at the moment and am not in a situation to order it online. I have vermiculite, worm castings, potting soil, calcium carbonate, hydraited lime etc. I'm looking for opinions on a casing recipe.

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 09:38 PM

Go to any pet store they should all have it in the reptile or hermit crab section, one of the name brands is bed-a-beast

#3 WiteSpy

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 11:05 PM

hydo store?

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 11:33 PM

forget coir man, straight verm makes for a good casing on its own..... otheres will recommend peat

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Posted 15 January 2006 - 10:23 AM

Yeah I don't really care for coir either..... tends to overlay. I stick to straight verm.

#6 vitamin_d_added

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Posted 15 January 2006 - 11:25 AM

IME The classic 50/50 peat and vermiculite is the biggest bang for you buck.
Far less problems with overlay than with a coir based casing. The mycelium just dosent seem to colonize the peat as readily. Just dont forget to raise the pH into the optimal range.

Also I have found the addition of some king of "aggragate" to help with mushroom formation. Most often I just use about .1 part (1/10) of perlite, but I have also used crushed oystershell, egg shells, and even little plastic beads. The perlite sems to work the best IMO.

#7 OZ

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Posted 15 January 2006 - 11:41 AM

desont perlite in the casing layer kinda defeat the purpose? the casing layer is supposed to hold moisture, and perlite gives moisture off dont it?

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 09:14 AM

desont perlite in the casing layer kinda defeat the purpose? the casing layer is supposed to hold moisture, and perlite gives moisture off dont it?


Perlite give's moisture off as it holds it and retains it well thats why it's used in fruiting chambers to keep the humidity up :)

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 09:16 AM

a mix of verm and soil would work,
keep it light in texture, mostly verm




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