Summery of Casing for Canopy.
I learn a long time ago that growing is all about controls. Controlling how the grow would turn out was key. I learned that I can make the myc do things like knotting. For awhile I used wax paper and got pretty decent results and then I moved on to learning about scraping. Then casing. Mainly using seed starter potting soil for casing. I learned all about micro environments and to think like the mushroom in wild. Moisture which is dew or light rain in the wild triggers fruiting under the right temps. All about the micro environment. Nutes + right temp+ fae+ RH = fruiting. All these we can control when growing inside. In closed controllable environment. Hope this makes sense.
We have all seen spotty grows
^^^Something Wrong Here Not right^^^
But how about this one?
This is my Casing for Canopy
This is PESH and it grew pretty even
except they fought for space and light. Lotz of shrooms here some hidden
Now how do you achieve this on inside grow using multi-spore solution was my question. I have always been a "poor-mans grower" and kind of sentimental about the pf tek. But how could I achieve good results. Without cloning or agar or sub-strain isolation. How!!! I do know that there is certain tricks that I can use to improve my results. Knowing that first flush is often your only chance for canopy you got to make the most out of it. Right!!!.
So lets try this and I will be here for all you who wish to try it. And answer questions.
Now I haven't grown any mushrooms in 5 mos... But since I got the Internet and bunch of pics. I should be able to do this post grow.
1. Picking a good fast domesticated strain of cube is key. I think this makes a big difference. Strains that have worked for me. Pesh, BPK, Thai Lipa, B+, might a couple others but what hasnt worked was Pink buffalo, Golden teacher, F+ maybe a couple others. But PB was very hard. Strains that are slow. They mature slowly and unevenly IME. Shooting for even growth.
2. Mixing your bulk well is key as well. I used ziplock bags to mix in. as you can see about 50/50 Wbs/poo spawn to poo mix. Having your nutes spread evenly is ideal if you expect an even grow. Sub should be 3 to 5 inches thick. Wbs and horse poo mix well. What you dont want is hunk of poo with out col grain or big hunks of col grain. Think two different nutritional valuse here. You want even canopy. You want nutes spread evenly. Shooting for even bulk mix.
3. Using a good tub black side tub helps control the grow. Stops light getting to sides on your first flush. Note here:::: Also you want to incubate about 81 degrees this in total darkness with a tin foil top with fae holes in it. YOU DONT WANT TO TRIGGER FRUITING. You are the one who is going trigger fruiting on your terms.
4. When it looks like this your ready for the casing. Continue to keep in total darkness.
5. Be sure to use "Seed starter potting soil" for your casing has the perfect PH balance for mushrooms Mah taught me this IGNORE THE BAG OF VERMICULTIE old picture.
6. Take your seed starter, bring to fill capicty with a few drops coming out, I used roast pans. I put into the oven for 30 mins at 300 degrees. Let cool. If you go 45 minutes that is fine. Let cool. Let cool.
7. Take your col sub from step 4 till totally covered. Mist it lightly with water. Place tin foil lid back on and wait 24 hrs.
NOW WE ARE MOVING TO DIFFERENT SUB AND SET OF PICTURES. DONT GET CONFUSSED. WORKING WITH OLD PICS.
8. Your sub has been in the incubator and has partically colinized your casing layer. Time for fruting chamber. Your sub should look like this out of the incubator:::: mist this H20. You might have little pile of fluffy potting soil. Remove the pile.
NOTE YOU MIGHT HAVE TO REPEAT THE ABOVE PROCESS. WE ARE LOOKING FOR EVEN COLINZATION OF CASING LAYER AND KNOTTING. LET ABOVE SIT 2 TO 3 DAYS THEN CHECK.
9. Your looking for knotting this is little past knotting. Once your here by using the controls. Your got a canopy coming.
If you pick the right strain. Know how to use wbs and hpoo plus mix it well into a bulk. Control light and the temp during incubating. Make up seed starter casing for a thin thin casing layer cause it is all about micro envoirment and controlling that envoirement.
Control Control Control and Evenly Evenly Evenly.
You can scrape and mist your way into a canopy.
Unc can ever time and if unc can you can.
Edited by uncleG, 28 March 2013 - 05:44 PM.