After a couple years of growing these, I am impressed with how easy they are! Basically, if you have access to the wood chips(except mesquite) used for smoking on the grill(available at any hardware/grocery/department/online store) and a plastic/glass container with a lid, you can grow these with very little effort. I'm going to be propagating loads of these soon, and already have spawn available, if anyone is interested in purchasing some or has questions, let me know.
Last Edit: Dec 13, 2018 1:11:16 GMT -5 by bonfield
There are a few variables regarding humidity and light that can affect it's brightness, but they won't visibly glow unless under the right conditions. About a month ago there was a power outage, and once my laptop battery ran out, these were one of the few sources of entertainment I had left, lol(stock up on emergency candles and power sources people). I advise keeping them by your bedside because it often takes adjustment to dark conditions to properly notice the glow. Also, there may be an issue of strain senescence, but if they are fruiting and creating fresh spores, that shouldn't be a problem, and inoculating fresh substrate can also boost the luminescence with a fresh food source.
Last Edit: Dec 13, 2018 5:23:13 GMT -5 by bonfield
The substrate needs to remain sufficiently hydrated, and there is a bit of a balancing act with the ventilation, but it is quick to learn and fairly forgiving. As long as the "cake" is kept from drying completely and is allowed to breathe, it should survive at the very least, P. stipticus has been a hardy and resilient organism in my collection.
dvg: Sarra's safe inside
Mar 31, 2019 20:40:58 GMT -5
bonfield: I've decided to finally reveal my best-kept secret for growing healthy Neps: Just spit on them every few days, the enzymes in saliva help them to better absorb the fertilizer I spray them with!
Apr 1, 2019 14:24:31 GMT -5
dvg: Salivating up your drools?
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:07 GMT -5
dvg: Duped again on April Fool's!
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:45 GMT -5