Ps. cyanofriscosa surprise fruiting
Posted 05 November 2009 - 01:30 PM
I'm no mushroom expert, but it looked like these mushrooms were Psilocybes. At the same time, I couldn't believe it. Where did they come from? I tried to key them out, but the mushrooms didn't quite match anything I found in a book. They weren't quite cyanescens and weren't quite azurescens. I was so frustrated! I didn't eat them. I tacked the spore prints to my wall above my computer so I could keep this mushroom in mind. The dried mushrooms sat on the windowsill near the sporeprints.
Here's what I think initially happened:
Back in 2005 I repotted the houseplant the mushrooms fruited in. I didn't have quite enough potting soil, so I mixed decorative bark into the soil. I'll never know if the spores were in the potting soil or on the bark, but I inadvertently provided good enough conditions for about four mushrooms to fruit. I lived in the SF Bay Area from 1988 to 2000 too, so maybe the spores traveled in the plants I brought with me.
In 2007 I started thinking about these mushrooms again after they fruited in the same houseplant once more. I buried the dried caps in a few of my orchids (mistakenly thinking they'd grow and fruit in pure bark) and buried one cap and a few spore prints in another houseplant. At the time I knew absolutely nothing about propagating wood lovers, but I noticed the mycelium was rapidly consuming the potting soil.
Last spring I bought Mycelium Running. A huge lightbulb went off in my head. I carefully checked the houseplant I'd buried the spore prints in and noticed the soil had been run through with the mycelium of this mystery mushroom. The houseplant spent the summer outside. I put a layer of Coconut husk over the potting soil to keep the humidity high. I also placed rock slabs over the soil to prevent Chipmunks from digging in the plant while it was outside. In late September I noticed pins forming! I took photos of the entire fruiting process.
After doing a lot of online reading, I've decided that the mushrooms are probably Ps. cyanofriscosa. What do you think?
Also, last June I took pieces of myceliated wood out of the original houseplant and placed them on soaked cardboard. The mycelium spread like wildfire. I added wood chips and those were consumed too. I'm figuring that if I can get them to fruit in potting soil, pretty much accidentally, I'll have a good amount of mushrooms next fall from colonized hardwood chips!
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Edit: oops, missed the print in the last pic
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Posted 05 November 2009 - 02:25 PM
they might be.. need spores and preferably gill sample to be sure.
Posted 05 November 2009 - 02:37 PM
!!!!Good for you!!!!
Iv been trying to get my hands on a Frisco print for ages now...and you just got the actual mush by shear accident!!!! :bow::headbang:
Posted 05 November 2009 - 02:49 PM
Do you know what to do with them? :lol: Just kidding ^^
Posted 05 November 2009 - 03:06 PM
Nightflyer, the link you provided doesn't open up.
In September, when the houseplant was outside, the daytime temps were anywhere between 45 degrees F and 85 degrees F. At night it was anywhere between freezing and around 45 degrees. We had a cold snap and then it was unusually warm for where I live. 80 degree temperatures are unusual in late-summer and early fall. I brought the houseplant inside for good in late-September. It is kept on the office floor, where the temperature gets down to the low 50s at night and into the 60s during the day. It's chilly back there.
The entire time the mushrooms were pinning/fruiting, they were inside on the office floor, not outdoors.
Here are some more photos, including one of a spore print in natural light, rather than with a flash.
Posted 05 November 2009 - 03:14 PM
alan will know for sure.. i'll pm him.
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