Can a casing make up for thin substrate?

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  1. Adept

    Adept New Member

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    Tried to get right to the point in the title, but to elaborate:

    I had 3 monos and the last tub I started to run out of sub so it was only a couple inches deep or so. I knew it would have issues but I let it run anyway since the other tubs were doing ok and wanted to see how it would turn out. Well it took an extra 5-6 weeks longer than the other tubs to pin even fully colonized already and the yield was a few scraggly looking ones.

    Anyway so same thing happened this time around I'm doing smaller tubs a bit bigger than a shoebox and I've got the sub around 4 inches there are a couple pretty thin though as I get to the end of filling them up I have some that are around 2 inches, this time I'm wondering if I Case the thin ones (giving them an extra couple of inches) will that make up for the sub being too thin? Or since it was thin from the beginning will it have issues later?

    * Do you ever try to squeeze out one more tub or shoebox when u get to the end of making your tubs or do you toss out the extra?

    *what's the best way to use all your substrate if you have extra left over?

    *A(these are apes and I hear they like deep substrates)
     
  2. redcat

    redcat The Myco Machine Moderator Mushroom Doctor

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    If you only have a little left then make a shoebox or other small container that will fit your leftover sub and spawn. I've used the bottom of milk container and got 100g wet PE out of it from the first flush. Expirement and have fun.
    Only make cube subs 2-4 inches...4 inches being the best .

    Casing layers arent necessary with cubes and wont add any nutrition to the sub. Some people use a casing layer with cubes because they swear to get better flushes due to a better pinset. I dont use a casing layer and get great flushes.
     
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  3. Adept

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    Right normally I don't use a casing. I'm just worried my substrate is too thin and won't produce a great flush. Even in my outdoor patch the shallow patch produced nothing and the deeper one next to it produced a decent flush. I just feel like it has something to do with depth. Ill have to wait it out ig.

    I've attached a pic so you can see the tub on the top right has about 4 in sub depth and the top left about 2 in. These were spawned at the same time (about a week ago) and all the deeper tubs are looking good some are even pinning and the shallower tubs are a little slower, I'm just wondering why that is??

    My gut tells me it's the depth, I'm just not sure why. I've seen people get great results with 2 in subs
     

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