What are common contaminants of the mushroom culture

Most specialty mushrooms are grown on sterilized substrates, and once a contaminant gets a foothold, it flourishes in the absence of competition from other contaminants. In nature, complex interactions among hundreds of other fungi, bacteria, nematodes, etc. maintain an ecological equilibrium. In a sterilized medium, the grower provides ideal conditions for the contaminant to prosper. In sawdust bags, contamination usually involves another fungus living off the waste products or on the remains...

Small Perlite Shroomariums by Bacchus

If you're using the PFTek formula (rice flour and vermiculite), instead of a using a large humidified aquarium, try making individual shroomariums. Each one is a gallon jar with 1 2 of wet perlite at the bottom. When the cake is ready to be birthed, it is placed in the jar on a plastic lid or something similar. This method may not yield quite as many or as large shrooms as a fancier, larger, more expensive setup, but it should be more than adequate for most appetites. This may still benefit...

Sources for a Spore Syringe

(Check all sources for current address before ordering) Currently the most cost effective place for a United States resident to order a spore syringe is from the company that pioneered many of the concepts in this document. They have a very fast turn around time and are very reliable. Their spore syringes are 10.00 (US) and that includes shipping. They are very high quality. They currently supply P. cubensis Matias Romero. This is a substrain of the Amazonian strain. If you are outside the...

Deth Heads Birdseed

Before you start Realize that this method is not the best for a beginner to mushroom cultivation. If you are a beginner and would like to see the newbie way, go to Psylocybe Fanaticus's page. You can check out his tek and get spores from there (unless you only grow legal, edible mushrooms like I do ) ). Ideally, you should have a couple of harvests with the PF-tek before you go on to whole grains. It lets you learn about the life cycle of the mushrooms and is much more forgiving about sterility...

Mushroom Spore Liquid Culture Honey

Sterilize them and allow to cool. To break the mycelium up while in the syringe, Draw air through the needle while flaming it. Then give the syringe a shake for 2 minutes. Then inoculate the jars with the syringe that was made. There you have it. Colonization should complete in about one to two weeks. Now the jar you injected the Karo into doesn't ever need to be birthed. It could be taped and put into the refrigerator to be re-used. You'll never need another...

The Canning Jar Lid loose or tight

There are two choices with the lids during incubation - tight or loose. With a very high moisture content (good for fruiting), a tight lid can cause water to collect in the bottom of the jar. This is to be avoided. If it happens, the lid should be kept on loose during incubation. Tape the canning jar lid to the band to make the lid act as a one piece lid for raising and lowering. If the substrate is on the dry side, a tight lid will preserve the moisture content. It is all a matter of the...

Bulk Substrate Growing

This section is for the mycrophile that has some experience and desires to cultivate a large crop of mushrooms. This section is intended for someone that has already grown several crops using the PF Tek procedure detailed earlier in this document. This section assumes a certain amount of experience and expertise. Please do not attempt this technique without first gaining the experience you will most likely fail if you do so. The procedure detailed earlier in this document is the best one known...

Vermiculite and Coco Coir Casing

These instructions will guide you through a process od making a simple casing layer substrate using vermiculite and coco coir. You're going to need some vermiculite, coco coir, a large mixing bowl, a large spoon, a microwaveable dish and a microwave. The stuff on the left is expanded coco coir. The stuff on the right is coco fiber, which is NOT what you want We are going to be using some Forest Bed brand of coco coir for this casing material. (Or any other brand) Break off a few small pieces of...