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By Lichen (Lichen) on Thursday, August 09, 2001 - 08:08 pm: The Nook

I was interested in some feedback on this experiment, but little was forthcoming but for a couple fine compliments, which I appreciate very much.
I wonder if this method of cultivation could be radically more successful in a more humid climate. These mushrooms were cultivated in a very arid semi-desert clime. Now, in the info where I got this idea and the specifics, the guy claimed that 'caps the size of plates' would be forthcoming, but the biggest cap I had was only 4" across. One possibility I am considering is the size of the mass of the substrate. I used a small pile of shit, only a couple pounds' worth. Perhaps if I increase the mass the shrooms will grow bigger?
I have some experiments currently using more substrate, but it will be weeks before I have any hard data.

Any experiences?

By Lichen (Lichen) on Thursday, August 09, 2001 - 08:22 pm: The Nook

cowshrooms in the rain

By Lichen (Lichen) on Thursday, August 09, 2001 - 08:33 pm: The Nook

Some technical data:

27 shrooms were harvested here, weighing in a bit over a pound wet. Seven of them weighed over 25 grams each, one was 32g. Total dry for first flush was about 45g.
I did not pasteurize the dung, but let it soak in a tub outside till it reeked to high heaven. It did not rain even once for the three weeks it took to fruit from spawning. It's in a place where the sun shines hot on it for about six hours. Lacking grass deep and thick enough to bend and cover the colony, I pulled long grass and covered the heap with it laid flat, and watered it about once a day. When the rains began, they started popping up and in a week the harvest was nearly complete. There are several large aborts with very dark heads, thot I'd leave them and see what they do.
The mass of spawned dung was about 2-3" deep, and about 8-12" wide, and shrunk down a bit while colonizing. I used no casing, except the grass to cover from sun and keep humidity in.

What do wild cubensis look like in Florida? Are they radically larger than these?

By Karna (Karna) on Thursday, August 09, 2001 - 09:30 pm: The Nook

I'd have to say, I am with your line of reasoning. Plate sized babies are probably the result of more massive substrates and better climes.
Having said that, your numbers are very respectable for a dung cake of those dimensions. And I must say those look simply gorgeous. Those golden caps have got me just drooling.
I notice there does not seem to be much stem length above ground, the caps are quite close to the ground. Is there any stem mass below the surface ofd the dung?
Could you maybe post a lichen tek or something outlining your method. That would be splendid. I will soon have some spent substrate and if I could turn them into these lovelies, that would be very nice.
Thanks buddy, once again, great job, those are yumm yumm.

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