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Brooks Mattox
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I was wondering will a fully colonized jar of oyster mushrooms in Brown rice flour and ver. will fruit if I take the lid off or knock the cake out whole and set it in a clear tote with perlite and distilled water at the bottom? Or does the BRF and Ver. Cake need to be added to another substrate? The last one I did I fully colonized cardboard and added it to pasteurized straw. Can I just bypass the cardboard and straw and just fruit them from the BRF and Ver.?
 
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IMO you would want to colonize a much larger block of substrate to get more mushrooms. Thiink how tiny the mushroom yield will be. A 5 gallon bucket with holes in the sides will give you enough room for substantial substrate.
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I understand that. I was just wondering if the BRF and VER. Cake would fruit oyster mushrooms. I didn't know if you had to have straw or shreaded cardboard for the mushrooms to fruit. I was going to do bulk amount of jars. I seen pictures of them fruiting from jars but I don't understand if the BRF and VER would allow them to fruit by its self. I think they we're fruiting them from grain in the jars I seen pictures of. So I was confused if the BRF and VER would do the same.
 
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What you're suggesting sounds very much like the BRF tek for growing "magic mushrooms".

I highly suspect that yes, give the right temp, lighting and air flow, that BRF cake would fruit oyster mushrooms however, not enough to make it worth your effort. The yield of magic mushrooms people get from this trek are measured in ounces. Great if your growing shrooms which you only need a few ounces but not so great for gourmet mushrooms which you need quite a bit more to make much of a meal of.

The limiting factor here is water rather than nutrients. That BRF cake is highly nutritious but too small to hold very much water. A 5-gallon bucket of straw on the other hand can hold much more water.

In theory, yes. You can fruit oysters from this substrate. In practice, it would be a lot of effort for a small reward.
 
Brooks Mattox
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Thanks for the help. That's what I wanted to know. By the way, I had one more question if you don't mind? What is the correct amount of light, humidity, temperature and air flow for proper fruiting? Thanks aging
 
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Temperature depends on the strain of oyster.

Light is minimal, simulating a forest floor.

Humidity is usually as high as you can maintain without creating huge mold problems. You can dunk the substrate overnight or heavily water it to simulate rain and that may induce fruiting.

 
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