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Fungi Log Culture

Choosing Your Logs

Ideal logs for growing mushrooms are typically hardwood logs such as oak, beech, maple, birch, or alder. These logs provide a suitable substrate for the mycelium to colonize and produce mushrooms. Logs should be freshly cut, free from disease, and have a diameter of 4-6 inches and a length of 3-4 feet. Hardwood logs offer a balance of nutrients and structural integrity for successful mushroom cultivation.

Preparing Mushroom Logs

1. Selecting Logs: Choose hardwood logs like oak, beech, or maple with a diameter of 4-6 inches and a length of 3-4 feet.

2. Harvesting Logs: Cut logs from healthy living trees.

3. Soaking Logs: Submerge logs in water for 24 hours to hydrate them and trigger the growth of beneficial fungi while drowning out potential competitors.

4. Inoculation: Inoculate the logs with mushroom spawn using a drill and wax seal to prevent contamination. Popular mushroom species for log cultivation include shiitake, oyster, and lion's mane.

5. Incubation: Store the inoculated logs in a shaded, humid area with proper ventilation for 6-18 months, depending on the mushroom species.

6. Maintenance: Regularly check logs for mold, pests, or drying out. Keep them moist but not waterlogged.

7. Harvesting: Once the mycelium has colonized the logs, small mushroom pins will start to appear. Harvest mushrooms by twisting them off the log when ready.

8. Resting and Repeating: After harvesting, allow the logs to rest for a few weeks before soaking them again to trigger another flush of mushrooms.

Remember, patience and attention to detail are crucial for successful log cultivation of mushrooms.

Storage of Spawn untill inoculation

Mushroom plug spawn should be stored in a cool, dark, and dry place to maintain its viability. Here are some specific tips for storing mushroom plug spawn:

1. Temperature: Store the mushroom plug spawn at a temperature between 35-45°F (2-7°C). Avoid extreme temperature fluctuations.

2. Humidity: Keep the spawn in a dry environment to prevent moisture buildup, which can lead to contamination.

3. Ventilation: Ensure good ventilation to prevent the growth of mold or bacteria.

4. Protection: Store the spawn in airtight containers or sealed bags to protect it from moisture and contaminants.

By following these storage guidelines, you can extend the shelf life and maintain the quality of your mushroom plug spawn for successful inoculation.

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Happy Cultivating

Flow Mycological Sciences Inc.

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