Neolentinus Ponderosus cultivation

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  1. pseudotsuga

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    Well friends, I've had a fascination with a Neolentinus Ponderosus for a year or two after finding a couple of these giant mushrooms. As I am often in the high sierra, I've kept my eyes out for a specimen to clone and after finding innumerable old and crappy mushrooms finally the mushroom gods granted my wish. So i cloned two mushrooms from different locations both are growing well, already transferred some agar to two 1-quart jars of wbs. It is somewhat slow growing and looks very similar to shitake mycelium, I'll have some pics to share in a day or two, to my chagrin my camera broke earlier this week so I gotta borrow one .
    As far as I could find, this mushroom hasn't been cultivated much at all, so I am gonna do a little experiment with a couple different types of wood for cultivation. Both the specimens I found were growing on Lodgepole Pine stumps, so i try out a couple mixtures of different types of sawdust, woodchips, and maybe a bit of straw to get an idea of its preferences. Of course I will post pics and keep y'all updated.
    Also I will be doing a giveaway with this culture in the coming weeks to thank all you myco-nerds out who contribute to this awesome community.
    :awegrow:

    Here is an observation of Neolentinus Ponderosus that has a little info about the taste and texture.



    And for something completely different here is some corn smut I found in my corn patch this week, there wasn't much but it it is good non the less.

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    Very interesting stuff. Great perseverance to get a good specimen to clone. Best of luck with the culture and getting it to take on a substrate. You might need a hypobaric chamber to simulate the altitude.

    And corn smut, revolting looking but very tasty you say?
     
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    cool project , keep us posted :D
     
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    I love it. You set you mind of getting it, and you did. Good luck!
     
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    Here are pics of N. Ponderosus on agar [​IMG]
    and myc on wbs. [​IMG]

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    It took about 2 weeks to fully colonize on MEA
    Seems to be running just fine on wbs.
    Temps are between 68-78F
    I will expand these two jars to 10 then spawn to sterilized sawdust blocks. Ponderosa Pine sawdust and/or wood chips will be one of the experimental substrates. Hopefully this will grow happily on pine sawdust as pine is much easier of a sawdust to come across in these parts.
     
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    Very cool. Hope it works out. I'll be watching this one.
     
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    Update: After losing three jars to contams one finally made it to full colonization. Notice it is starting to form hyphal knots. Just my luck I had minor malfunctions with my PC which I ended up having to order a replacement part for, so now I have a couple days to wait til I can sterilized some sawdust bags to put this spawn to use.

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    Very neat project, pseudotsuga. Good luck!
     
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    Been a long time since the last update. a week or two ago is when I spawned 1 qt. wbs to supplemented confir sawdust (bran and gypsum being the supplements). Seems to colonzing nicely, should be fully colonized in another two weeks or so.
    Luckily temps are finally starting to cool off so I will be able to fruit this in my outdoor GH.

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    looking good :borat:
     
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    Looks good bro.
    Best off luck! I love the fall when the temps start to fall.
    It seem all of the mushies I grow love it to.
    Moving to the outside GH makes things boom!
     
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    Thank you for the update.

    JD
     
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    This shows the top of the sawdust block forming knots in a similar way shiitake "blister".
    Although it is forming primordia, it is still 90% colonized so I am gonna give it a couple more days to get fully colonized til i move it to my GH.
     
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    Looking forward to seeing this one!
     
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    Finally got fully colonization so I stuck this healthy block out in my GH. The light sweet cinnamon smell while strong is pretty pleasant, it has been a nice air freshener for my lab.
     
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    loving the progress mang :)
     
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    Coolio!