Terrarium height?

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By John Brent (Singingcherries) on Saturday, December 01, 2001 - 05:16 am:

im a first time grower long time eater.
i recently bought a PF spore syringe off Fanaticus.com but im concerned with the height between the cake and the top of the terranium (im using a Rubermaid plastic container instead of an aquarium) The 1/2 pint "Ball" jars are the taller skinny ones as opposed to the short fat ones pictured on fanaticus. If i use the jars i have now the cakes will be 4 and 1/2 inches tall and my rubbermaid container is 7 inches tall. is this enough room? im worried the shrooms that grow on top of the cake will be 4 inches or something. i suppose i could search for the shorter jars but i really can't get a taller container because it wouldn't fit where it needs to go. Any insight would be appreciated.

By Nan (Nanook) on Saturday, December 01, 2001 - 10:27 am:

It sounds pretty tight to me. I allow a minium of 4 inchs between the top of the cake and the lid of the grow chamber, and you will find 6 inches is better

By quote: (Quote) on Saturday, December 01, 2001 - 03:18 pm:

however, they will bend and conform to the height of the container, so if that's all the clearance you have, then it will have to do.

By jim brown (Shrhobbyist) on Monday, December 03, 2001 - 01:28 pm:

John, you can put the cake on its side. The mushrooms will grow fine and you can get an extra inch and a half or two. Welcome to the board.

By John Brent (Singingcherries) on Tuesday, December 04, 2001 - 02:37 am:

a few questions about putting the cakes on their side...do i do this right after they birth? can i do it after shrooms are growing as long as it is resting on a side without shrooms? would the differently exposed surface area result in me growing any fewer shrooms than i normally would? thanks for any help

By Lichen (Lichen) on Tuesday, December 04, 2001 - 06:02 am:

Laid on their sides you should be able to get a bit more of the surface cased, and they often grow from the casing's edge if using vermiculite. Alternatively, you can cut them straight in half, lengthwise, bed them round side down in moistened verm, and have even more fruiting surface.