Blue oysters on Popcorn to Straw grow log: outdoors ?
Posted 09 March 2006 - 08:44 PM
1/2 Qt Jars w/ pollyfilter in top and one innoculation hole
Popcorn soaked for 24 hrs,
Boiled until tender, (many kernels broken open)
Drained and pattet dry, layed out on towel to dry for 3 hrs,
Jars were filled and sealed, covered with aluminum foil,
Boiled for 90 minutes.
(I have a large pasta pot about 14 inches tall with a perferated collander on the inside, it suspends the jars 1/2 inch from the bottom of the pot so water can be filled 1/2 way up the sides of the jars and brought to a rolling boil covered for 90 minutes, the height of the jars prevent water from getting in)
Innoculated with 3cc of multispore blue oyster, from sporeworks. incubated @ 78F for 4 days, shaken then incubated for 2 more.
bleach lime process - here it is summarized for those who arent familiar
soak cut straw for 12 hrs with bleach, drain
soak straw in lime water for 4 hrs, drain
rinse & drain for 6 hrs,
Spawn popcorn to straw, roll into log, (see pic)
Incubate @ 78F for 8 days then cut larger holes in plastic to get more air into colonized log, incubate @ 68 with light, pins within 3 days, plastic removed ... here is where i divert from the norm and run into problems. :offtopic:
As i Figured my grow chamber is too small to provide the nessisary air exchange i was able to provide enough light, a 12/12 timer. The stems are elongated as u can see in pics with disformed "caps". the log has great growth, the pics are about 2 days old and i have a huge amount of pins, i was wondering if i could plant this log outdoors in my unused flower bed, which is basically 8 years of great black composted food scraps and ground up leaves, the temps we are getting here are staying in the 50's and i have a lot of sunlight so let me know what everyone thinks, obviously the log would need a dunk and moisture of the compost to be regulated but its worth a shot since i have really strong myc. growth. Comments and experiences welcome.
Posted 09 March 2006 - 08:52 PM
but here's a thread you might find enlightening
Posted 09 March 2006 - 08:53 PM
Posted 10 March 2006 - 09:52 PM
You might consider leaving the logs in plastic and just making a few big slits for the fruit to grow out of.
Posted 12 March 2006 - 03:44 PM
Posted 13 March 2006 - 11:42 AM
congrats on doing pcorn by steaming
Posted 13 March 2006 - 12:03 PM
Posted 13 March 2006 - 12:09 PM
need some folks to give it a try
Posted 13 March 2006 - 12:24 PM
Posted 13 March 2006 - 11:19 PM
Posted 14 March 2006 - 10:45 PM
Good luck, mate!
Posted 14 March 2006 - 11:54 PM
Posted 15 March 2006 - 12:30 AM
Posted 15 March 2006 - 02:25 PM
This is a great thread! My blue oyster logs are my first ones and look different. I musta screwed mine up lol.
Awesome work on the steaming of popcorn jars! Great job!
Posted 16 March 2006 - 12:37 AM
Freaky, :loveeyes: chances are if your logs look different then you did them right LOL. like i said my fruits were abnormally shaped because of high CO2 levels, which is why i moved them outside so they might grow with the same high natural light but get more O2.
Also ... AOL predicts freezing this weekend, im thinking about what to do! ! ! for some reason freshly mulched leaves, about 10" deep capped over with plastic to keep in heat comes to mind, im thinking the leaves will provide some sort of freeze protection, especially with a thick layer of plastic over it, i dont know ... might have been too early for outdoor work we shall see.
Posted 16 March 2006 - 01:34 AM
danger is near. the leaves and plastic wont hurt though.
good thinking...sounds like an insulation barrier to me.
in nature , the mycellium freezes then when thawed and the rains come , humidity levels should allow your outdoor log to fruit.
instead of compost , you might want to get ya' some hardwood chips and make a bed. i have several . some are logs i found, that were
fruiting , i brought home and made a border around my woodchip beds.
i am going to try the popcorn , even though i don't perfer it ,
with the steam deal. good luck with your project.
Posted 16 March 2006 - 01:37 AM
threat of freeze. and look for new mycellium when you remove
them. bet ya' find some !
Posted 17 March 2006 - 12:24 AM
Posted 18 March 2006 - 12:02 AM
leaves should be good insulation, trapping air.
Posted 18 March 2006 - 01:42 PM