Time of harvesting greatly determines future propogation

DanielG979 danielg979 at aol.com
Fri Dec 27 18:40:22 EST 1996

It all comes down to whether or not the spores are allowed to emerge
before harvesting in my view.  Picking fruiting bodies before they are
allowed to release their spores will greatly inhibit certain species
especially those found in fields; especially fairy rings, with lesser
effects in varieties such as the oyster.  Even then it would seem that the
opportunities for new infestations in unaffected trees would be reduced if
mature spores were not released to fall on the newer trees. A very long
view of time is necessary to give this the attention it merits.  Fairy
rings can be found over 600 years old.  It is a shame to disrupt such a
miraculous process.   If you can't make a spore print with a field
mushroom you should wait until it will make one before you pick it, making
sure the universal veil has dropped and the circumference of the cap has
turned upward to stretch the asci to release the spores.  Harvesting is as
exact a discipline as identification.  Your picking of a coprinus needs to
be nearly perfect, preferably with cooking utensils in your pack and a
fire ready to start!

Michael Jordan    astrograph at juno.com  

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