Ready for some drama and controversy :). This one has an interesting story behind it. A company out of Hawaii called Pacific Exotic Spora (PES) advertise this strain as a cubensis/azurescens hybrid. They even went so far as to claim it came from the mushroom master Paul Stamets himself. Well people, there has been a lot of azure/cub hybrid scams in the past, and to this day the experts such as P. Stamets have not published any information about being able to hybridize a p. azurescen with a p. cubensis. They are completly different species and this task would certainly be extremely difficult. I'm sure if anyone can do it, P. Stamets can, and hopefully one day he will. But until something is published, do not buy into it. This is nothing more then a very potent cubensis.
About a year ago when they started advertiseing this hybrid, a bunch of us pitched in to get a print of this (yes, that is how high there prices are :) and Xman grew it out and once again, a cub/azure hybrid was nothing more then a cubensis. -Clyde- has grown out all the cubs from PES, and found this the only one worth keeping. PES (Pacific Exotic Spora)has been around for a while, and sells quite a few strains of cubs and panaeolus at a very very high price. We normally will not carry other strains that is unique to one company.
But, since PES charges such a rediculous price for a print of this strain, we decided to go ahead and carry it and share with everyone because most ppl in Amsterdam will enjoy the extreme potency.
Ok, enough of the controversial babble, now lets get down to the fact of this strain.
Our friend -Clyde- finds this to be one of the most blueing cubensis he has ever worked with. After cutting these with a blade, they turn dark blue within 2-3 seconds!! Most cubs, take about 10-20 seconds to start turning dark blue. And everyone we know that has tried them found them to be extremely potent as well. Perhaps this is why PES started calling them cub/azure hybrids since the p. azurescen is the most potent mushroom in the world. So yes, the PESA is a VERY potent cub, but potency is not everything. It produces some very light caps, although large caps compared to small stems, and does tend to abort a lot. As you will see in the pics below if you look real close. It is a semi-fast colonizer, and fruits nicely in cold temps. So this mushroom does not utilize all of the substrate very well, but the mushrooms it does produce are just extremely potent and its a real good strain to add to your collection. Like I said, it was the only one of the PES strains we liked enough to keep. And its one of -Clyde's- favorite strains, I think he is just impressed with the extreme speed of the blueing effect... so easily entertained (wink).
Ok, now for some pictures. These pictures are laid out in time progression as -Clyde- worked with this PESA strain. The best pictures are last.
This picture is from pure strain isolation, inoculating finch seed based, cased with 50/50+ mix. As you can see, it didn't fruit much, and are rather ugly. Early work with the PESA.
-Clyde- got a little creative, and wanted to see how well the PESA did outdoors. The temps in the fall drop down to 40F at night, about 65F daytime. -Clyde- put this PESA casing and a few other casings outdoors under some cover and just let them colonize and to their thing. Even in the cool temps, they still colonized rather rapidly, and fruited with the rain. This tray was done using the same multi-spore/HMF spawn/compost/50/50+ casing mix as the other above. The picture was taken when they were a little over mature, but still very nice. A nice flush of PESA cubs outdoors
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