The Infamous B+ Strain

The infamous B+ strain of cubensis... what a chameleon this one is. This is by far the most versatile cubensis around. Adapting and growing in such a wide range of temperature conditions and substrates in nature.. It truly thrives to spread its seed, which by the way its a very heavy spore depositor. The B+ originated here at The Hawks Eye in 1999 an we still carry the original genetics to this strain. Thanks to Mr. G of Florida for giving this one to us back in '99. This has been our all time best seller after all of these years and Mr. G should be proud for finding such a fantastic cubensis. The B+ has been witnessed growing outdoors in nature fruiting several times in a wide range of temps and substrates. Several times one winter, night time low of 45F, day high of 60F, the B+ just flourished. Spring/summer, low of 75F, high of 90F, the B+ once again fruited beautifully. We've heard so many good reports back from growers in Amsterdam that just love this mushroom and how easy it grows, and how beautiful it is, its loved by many.

Although the B+ is not a super fast colonizer, its speed is average, producing some very large mushrooms that are generally a caramel color. When growing in nature in cooler temperatures, it usually always produces a very beautiful color caramel cap and stems. The stems are generally very thick, and it produces some large caps. It also drops a very thick veil. When growing in warmer temperatures, it's color changes to a more golden color at times.

Pictures of the B+ growing broadly umbonate caps like ps. azurescens.
Beutiful flush of broadly umbonate b+
Same flush, differnt angle.
Close up of harvested b+
another close up of harvested b+

New series: 1st through 5th flushes of B+ on compost.
I think most of you will really enjoy this series of pictures. This one shows 5 flushes at different stages. This series has a little of it all, check it out.
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1st flush, looking down on casing layer
side view
distant view, still 1" r's
a few hours later and growing
still growing
getting fat and plump
let them grow more, 20%-30% yield increase END 1st Flush
2nd Flush, topside looking down
A beautiful 2nd flush. side view almost ready for harvest END 2nd flush
3rd Flush, they are putting out some large fruits, just less of them. This is typical
A closer look END 3rd flush
HARVEST TIME 3rd flush wet (left) 2nd flush dry (right)
Same harvest, different view
4th Flush, not many of them but 12" to 15" long and thick.
harvested, held in hand for comparison. 1 Foot+ monsters. End 4th flush
5th flush, more massive mushrooms 1 foot+
top view, shrunken substrate, yet still producing
Harvested fruits, notice most of the substrate is gone and they are still producing.
Massive fruits and its the 5th flush !!!

These next 2 sets of pictures are some of the best mushroom flushes for a small area you will ever see. -Clyde- did a fantastic job as always. The 1st flush alone produced 296 mushrooms and weighed over 196 DRY grams. AMAZING!!!

1st, view the container for size comparisonThat is a wide mouth 1/2 pint jar in there. (small pic)
296 beautiful B+
296 beautiful B+, side view
296 beautiful B+,top view

Very nice looking wavy capped B+ outdoors.
A top view
A close up

B+, indoors, cased birdseed with 50/50+ mix growing 8"-10" fruits.
A very nice pic of day 5
A very nice pic of day 6
Fully mature, spores all over them, ready for printing.
Harvested, most without there caps.

2nd flush from above, OF 13 1/2" MONSTER MUSHROOM, AND SOME 12" MONSTER MUSRHOOMS
131/2" hanging out bowl
(131/2") Thirteen and half inch mushroom

Some great pics cased indoors submitted by The Blue Helix
b+ casing by Blue Helix
b+ casing also by Blue Helix
Blue Helix Hawk Tank casing setup
Great pictures of the b+ growing on cakes
Another great pic of B+ growing on cakes.

Day 3 Notice qaurter for size comparison
Day 4 right before harvest
Day 4 notice the different veil very thick heavy with spores.
Harvest pictures from this patch.
A few pics of the 2nd flush, notice the thick dropping veil.
Aren't they beautiful
Ready for harvest

B+ on outdoor cased substrateBeautiful carmel caps.
B+ same cased substrate
Fresh and dried B+ next to large Australian Cubensis. Notice how much deeper blue the B+ strain is dried compared to a amazonian cubensis.
2nd flush from outdoor cake.

A sneak preview of some giant 16 inch B+ pics to come.

Another monster B+ next to a 12.5" ruler Well, as you can see from all the pictures, the B+ grows in a wide range of conditions. Its truly an amazing mushroom. The spores from this strain are stunning under a microscope!

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