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#1 hyphaenation

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 07:33 PM

Right in line with the end of summer the P. Cyans beds are starting to fruit. These are beds that I made last year. Some of them were expansions on existing beds and others were new beds from last year. Two out of three beds are flushing well.

I'm far from the coast and its been hot in the daytime so i've been lightly misting the beds every morning with a garden hose. One of the beds is in a more open area under a birch tree and the other (a larger bed) is in a moss-covered forest.

The same beds fruited from September 20th well into November last year. The difference is that the expanded beds are fruiting much more profusely this year. Hopefully some rainy weather is coming and I think they'll really kick in. As it is some of the fruits abort , likely due to humidity. I try to mitigate that with moist straw mulch and fine mist watering regularly.

These mushrooms are very associated with Halloween and its good to know that we'll have some for tea and chocolates for that magic night.

The beds were all made using Waylitjim's woodlover techniques. I used maple chips that I got for free from a tree-trimming company and mixed that with chopped straw and potting soil in layers.

The only issues I have is the top of the various beds are quite crevicey due to the large sized woodchips. Some of the chips become like a mulch itself and dry out a bit , so I added moist , chopped straw recently. Harvesting the mushroms without pulling them out is difficult , they are hiding very well amongst the chips.

I've been told cutting is better and that they will regenerate from that spot , but only an inch is sticking up , if you pull the Cyans fruit its actually 3 or 4 inches long with a very solid stalk. So for that reason i'll be pulling them.

I'll take some more pictures as the develop. Hopefully the caps will open nicely.

More later , thanks Cyans gods ! :bow:

Further Reading:

Waylitjim's Woodlovers thread
http://mycotopia.net...dlover-tek.html

http://mycotopia.net...overs-08-a.html

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#2 hyphaenation

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 07:45 PM

I have a question. There's a couple Azure beds that were made last year , they didn't fruit , but are packed with white mycelium. They are on the same combo of chips as the Cyans.

Do Azures fruit at the same general time as the Cyans ? It would be awesome to see some pins shooting out of those beds ...

Thanks

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#3 BuckarooBanzai

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 08:31 PM

Sweet beds, man.

Props on the work!

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 09:56 PM

I thought azures needed a frost to fruit?

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 10:40 PM

simply beautiful ! :bow:

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 11:10 PM

Beautiful! I'm pulling up a chair for this one Hyph!

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 10:09 AM

Nice!:)

One question,

What was your lowest temp when they started fruiting?

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 10:12 AM

I live in the mountains and its still quite warm in the day , about 70 F. At night though its been going down to 45 F or lower.

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 10:18 AM

I love woodlovers season! :loveeyes:

Can't wait for that bed to really take off! :thumbup: Nice job!

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 11:05 AM

What a beautiful sight, oh how I love this time of year.
Congrats on the bed hyph. it's the gift that keeps on giving! :greenboun
In general azures fruit later in the season following cyans.
Not sure if they need a frost to trigger fruiting.
I imagine night temps in the 40's is cold enough.

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 11:07 AM

:headbang::loveeyes:I'm pulling up my lil mushie cushion and can't wait to see the harvest from those bad boys hehehe. Excellent job Hyphy !!!!!

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 11:12 AM

Good to know that the Azures fruit in even colder temps then P. Cyans , theres still hope for them. A good frost is coming soon and it should kick them in.

Here's some shots of the P. Cyans in the early morning sun.

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Notice the one fruit in this picture that is starting to darken ? This seems to happen a lot , particularly in the early flushes that happen when its still well above 70 F and dry in the day. Even pins that looked fine will go from cyan coloured to dark carmel and then the stalk will darken in a blue hue.

Seems like its happening less this year , and that might be partly because of natural morning dew plus the misting i've been doing. Still the caps don't open (at least so far) like the pictures I see on here. Even if the fruit looks very healthy from pin to cap getting wavy.

The last shot shows how the bed looks with the knotweed mulch. I pulled it aside for the other pictures.

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 05:15 PM

Wild ones are sprouting up as well check out my pic in the Wild mushroom hunting section. I am in Vancouver Wa. so hopefully this will be a super cyan year.

SWIM has a few BRF cakes near these as well and nuthing poppin as of yet.

PROPS on the beds looking super.

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 07:24 PM

Them r the beautiest, What a sweet treat ! Nice work bro. Sounds like you'll have a very nice halloween. It's my favorite time of year to dose !
Again, nice job !
Peace !

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 01:40 PM

Its sunny and blue skies. The P. Cyans are still pinning here and there and i've continued light misting. The veils have broken on a bunch and they don't seem to be getting much bigger.

I'm going to harvest some tomorrow from a couple of beds and try them out fresh at the last camp out of the season.

Question:

Do you think they're good to harvest after the veil breaks and the cap is wavy ? Like the one in the third picture below. Doesn't seem like the fruits are going to get much more developed , but I know from pics they should potentially get bigger ...

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 02:26 PM

Very nice!!

Bon appetit
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Posted 25 September 2009 - 04:55 PM

Here's what Rhizoo's look like from his thread ...

Wish mine would get big like that. Maybe with some humid weather they will.

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 04:58 PM

Maybe carry some big buckets of water and flood the beds after harvesting?

(Just a thought, I never grew a woodlover at all)

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 05:24 PM

Its 80 F and dry during the day (maybe 50 or below at night) , so I can see how they would be drying out. I've been misting the surface of the beds twice a day.

Just got to hold out till the next wet cold weather.

Next week looks good !

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 07:08 PM

Here's what Rhizoo's look like from his thread ...

Wish mine would get big like that. Maybe with some humid weather they will.


Just found your thread. Nice beds, Hyp!

And don't worry about the size. All those close-ups in my thread, sometimes even photographed in an upward angle, create the illusion that they are humungous. They are quite small in reality ;)

Yours probably just have very long stems because of the top layer, which makes the cap look small in comparison. Mine are really short, probably because they get too much light at their location. Plus, the caps will get somewhat larger when they ripe. Yours just started to open, if you want to make prints you have wait several more days.

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