Shitake Cultivation

Jerry mycowrld at
Sun Oct 26 16:06:00 EST 1997

On Thu, 23 Oct 1997 16:58:54 -0700, Mike Carey <mikeca at>

>>The Shitake is grown on a alderwood/rye
>>flour substrate and was removed from the jars when placed into the
>>humidity chamber.

>I understand that Shiitake needs Oak bark or some (unknown?) compound
>found in Oak bark to fruit, though it can be grown on some other types
>of wood but not as well. Perhaps Alderwood is not one of them, or
>perhaps some Oak bark added to the mix will do the trick.

Actually, some commercial growers prefer alder sawdust.  Once the
sawdust is matched to an appropriate strain of shiitake, it does very
well.  There may be something to the bark idea, but apparently alder
bark does the job.  If this is an issue, most sawdust (from mills)
appears to have enough bark in it.

Jerry Haugen
The Mushroom Growers' Newsletter
P.O. Box 5065
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
MycoWrld at

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