At this point (if you're following along) you should have a sterilized jar of vermiculite & brown rice flower mixture that has small holes punched into the top for air exchange as well as injection of the spores (injecting the spores is referred to as inoculation). Now it's time to incubate your spores and allow for colonization. Don't worry, the hardest part is behind you. All you need to do for this, is take your jars (REMEMBER TO STERILIZE YOUR HANDS) and place them into a storage bin/area (what's important here is you're able to control the environment. For the incubation and subsequent colonization the goal is to keep the jars in a dark place and the temperature below 70 degrees. This process takes around 3 weeks, After 3 weeks, you'll see a sort of white film has formed all along the wall of the jars (pictured below) this is referred to as the substrate. Any bin will do to accomplish this step, but you can find the one I use in the resources section of this page.
Hey how're you? Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. My name is Emmanuel. I hail from State College, PA. I grew up always enjoying the outdoors, it's so peaceful isn't it? Even though I wasn't good at growing at first, I stuck with it, I honestly just wanted the satisfaction of creating something. In 2012 I joined the NAVY, and for years I got away from my passion, and really didn't like my job anyway. So, after a while I decided to jump back into it, and thus was born, "Growers Unite". In here I'll cover all the fundamentals, tips, tricks and my own trials and tribulations, lets get started.