Tiny Turds on Nameko

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  1. Nichrome

    Nichrome Well-Known Member

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    Hello,
    Today I have noticed what look like tiny turds on my colonizing nameko block. I am quite used to green mold but this is different.
    The block has been colonizing for over 6 weeks so it is quite unusual that green mould come out only now.
     

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  2. GreenGills

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    It doesn't look good. Six weeks is quite a long time as well, it should be fully colonized by now. Are you using raw sawdust or hardwood fuel pellets?
     
  3. Nichrome

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    This bag is wood chips usually used for smokers. I believe it is alder. The slow development may be explained by lack of nourishment (coffee, rye, etc).
     
  4. FewTrueSeed

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    Should fruit on sawdust just fine. I see bacteria and mold. The grain is your vector. No shame, try again. Stick to strict procedure. Namiko is not the easiest. Fruits in cold temp high O2. I have had better luck burying the blocks outside in the spring. Here's one I did a year ago.

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  5. Nichrome

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    Wow, that's a nice block! How come the caps are not slimy? I have known nameko to be slimy and in fact I have some other blocks that already are.

    Maybe the slow development can be explained by too little spawn in the sawdust. I am still a beginner and one of the mistakes I was doing was to put too little spawn.
    in my case, is it worth scraping off the contam to try to save the block?
     
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    Trout Closet Mycologist, Literaly! Mushroom Doctor

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    From what I can see on my phone the block is toast. I don't think you could save it. No worries add it to compost and try again or just set it outside somewhere and see what happens.
     
  7. Nichrome

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    Hi Trout, yes that has already crossed my mind and I think that at this point it is the best option.
     
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  8. Nichrome

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    Nameko block RIP. I buried it underground in a sheltered humid spot. We will wait and see!
     
  9. FewTrueSeed

    FewTrueSeed Many meiosis

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    It may surprise you!
     
  10. Nichrome

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    Yes I know that sometimes mother nature throws a nice surprise at us!