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MonoBox XXL is our new generation bulk growing method
Introduced to Cylocybe to show you guys a better way of doing bulk than traditional MonoTub grows which flood the scene.
Be warned though; you’ll never go back to MonoTub growing – that’s what happened to us.
What you receive?
- MonoBox XXL with 200g of organic washed and dried coco coir mushroom substrate
What makes this better than a MonoTub?
- We encourage side-pinning from all sides. We don’t try to prevent it using liners, etc
- Without liners, you can see whether the cake has finished colonising without having to guess
- MonoBox cakes can be sat vertically for a huge fruiting area of approx 500mm2 per cake!
- Grow more than just one species or strain inside the same fruiting chamber, fit up to three in our own fruiting chamber
- Have more humidity control within a fruiting chamber by being able to also use perlite too
- Cakes can be lifted out for quick, easy harvesting – less risk of damaging the cake this way
- No more water pooling to worry about
- Forget the fuss in having to pasteurise – our way uses a bog standard kitchen microwave and it’s quick
- Cleaner colonisation with its special purpose inbuilt HEPA filters
- Plus, it just looks cooler too.
How to use?
Add 900ml of water which expands the substrate to approx. 2 litres
With a corner of the lid raised to allow steam to vent, microwave for 5mins
Shake around (careful, hot!) and microwave for a final 5mins
Click lid fully down and allow to cool to room temperature (a plastic bag is ideal to keep it clean whilst cooling)
Remove lid then add 2x SpawnTubs
Mix evenly with clean hands (ideally gloved) and cover the exposed grain at the top with some of the hydrated coir
Click lid down fully and leave to finish colonising in a warm area between 20-26C
Once 100% colonised with healthy white mycelium, you can remove the cake and place within your fruiting chamber
If you would prefer to use a much large fruiting chamber, take a look at our CyLab and Fruiting Chamber products.
- Fruiting area: Up to 200 sq inch (0.5 metres sq)
- Substrate depth: 4″
- Spawn to Substrate Ratio: 1:2 (Add 2 spawntubs to the prepared substrate)
- Substrate Volume (when hydrated): 2000ml
- Substrate Volume (with spawn added): 3000ml
MonoBox XXL™ Specs
- Volume: 3100ml
- Material: PP5
- Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5 x 4 inches
- Autoclavable/Microwavable: Yes
- Reusable: Yes
- Filtration: HEPA 0.2μm
Same guarantee for all clean products
Experience a problem with any product? Don’t panic!
Clean products are what we specialise in, it’s our bread and butter – and we’re good at it. We have to be.
Sterile technique is like driving – you can’t learn it by reading, you need to be practising it always.
While most contamination reports are statistically more likely to be down to beginner error, it’s not always the case.
Sometimes it may actually be us. Does that mean we don’t know what we are doing or that we’re rookies at this?
No. And here’s why.
We regularly purchase live gourmet mother spawn from one of, if not the largest, most accredited mycology business in the world.
This company is BIG and they even run week-long training courses in mycology and have the most incredible set up worth a fortune.
Even they make mistakes. We’ve had to get in touch with them a couple of times after receiving contaminated spawn.
The point we’re trying to make here is that even the masters of mycology mess up. Nature is unpredictable and we all make mistakes.
Although we don’t offer refunds on our products, we will send a voucher for it’s replacement.
Irregardless who is at fault.
A second chance on us 🙂
*If we believe this is being abused by anyone, we reserve the right to remove it at any time.
Preparing the syringe
Before using any syringe it’s best to thoroughly distribute the spores or culture within the syringe as best as you can.
A good way to dislodge spores stuck to the plastic syringe wall is to rattle off the corner of something solid whilst spinning the syringe around. Half a dozen times off a table will do the trick. Don’t slam it or you’ll break it.
An even better method is to use a sterile vial; inject into it then fill it back up again and voila – evenly distributed spores.
First impression counts
Nosey delivery drivers, flatmates, neighbours or work colleagues?
Your parcel will be sent in high quality, nondescript packaging; our website won’t be mentioned and there’s no tell-tale return address to worry about either.
Even for international orders made from outside of the UK, our customs declarations are barebones with descriptions such as ‘Microscopy Kit’ or ‘Gardening Supplies’, etc… We follow the rules whilst maintaining your privacy.
Ask questions about this product here!
Afternoon Cylocybe team. I have been spawning to substrate for 10 days now. Getting good mycelium coverage. Should I wait for mycelium coverage on the top casing layer of coir before I pop it into the fruiting chamber? Thanks for your help.
- When using this with cylab and are after side pins, do you still need a casing layer? Or is it better to layer grain and coir the whole way through so there's a casing layer on every side?
Q When using this with cylab and are after side pins, do you still need a casing layer? Or is it be...... Read more answer nowAsked on 23rd October 2021 1:20 pmA Hi Drew! You can just layer the colonised grain and coir all the way up - don’t worry if some grain will be exposed on a side - the mycelium is so unfussy anyway :)
Hi, can I add 2 SpawTubs that have different variety of spores in the MonoBox XXL? Thanks!
Q Hi, can I add 2 SpawTubs that have different variety of spores in the MonoBox XXL? Thanks! answer nowAsked on 14th October 2021 11:41 amA If you are injecting two different types of gourmet spores in there from the same species, then will be ok. However if you are trying that with two different species entirely then it will be interesting seeing what happens.
You mention using a large plastic box to create a fruiting chamber. In that case, is it necessary to use perlite? Also, why is perlite not needed when using this 3.1L SubBox? Thanks.
Q You mention using a large plastic box to create a fruiting chamber. In that case, is it necessary...... Read more answer nowAsked on 9th July 2021 3:25 pmA
If you decide to use this in a proper fruiting chamber then I’d recommend using perlite. If you don’t, there will be a lot more humidity lost from the mycelium brick due to the much larger volume of space inside the chamber.
When using a bag as a fruiting chamber, specifically the XL Grow Tent - it’s a perfect size for the cake and the humidity generated is ideal for the volume of space inside there.
I hope this makes sense. What I’m saying applies to this product only.
when you say to add a final layer of hydrated coir, does that mean after microwaving and cooling, that i should take some hydrated coir out for the casing layer before mixing the spawn in, other wise i wouldn't have any coir left for casing right ?
- if i dont want to use the bulkmix or want to save money, can i add gypsum and verm to the container before putting in the microwave, and if so, then how much ?
- but where can i purchase this box separately? i tried to search its up by typing 3.5L sub box, and nothing came up.
- hey, just wanted to ask, could i add gypsum, coffee grounds, and vermiculite to add more nutrients to the substrate ? so for example if i wanted to add all 3 of those ingredients i mentioned how much would you use ?
Q hey, just wanted to ask, could i add gypsum, coffee grounds, and vermiculite to add more nutrient...... Read more answer nowAsked on 31st March 2021 6:36 pmA
Adding coffee is a bad idea unless it’s being kept sterile fully sterile until full colonisation. Don’t mix coffee in with this.
If you really want, we provide BulkMix (search for it) which perfectly hydrated Coir, Verm and Gypsum. These tubs can be purchased individually and used with it.
Hi, i dont have a microwave, is there another way to sterelize the subbox?
Q Hi, i dont have a microwave, is there another way to sterelize the subbox? answer nowAsked on 22nd March 2021 1:27 pmA
Yes, you could place tin foil over the lid and steam sterilise in a large pot. You could also use a pressure cooker.
I only have 1 spawn tub on the go and just read that you advise using 2 tubs. Will I get away with using 1 this time around or should I get another tub ordered pronto?
Q I only have 1 spawn tub on the go and just read that you advise using 2 tubs. Will I get away wit...... Read more answer nowAsked on 19th March 2021 2:14 pmA Three options, one is to use half of the coir mix. Weigh out 100g and mix with 500ml of water. Option two is to do just what you said, you have a very high chance of it working just fine. Though not quite as high as option three. Option three is to order another SpawnTub, then shake about 10% of the colonised grain into it (within a SAB of course). It will colonise so fast your head will explode!