[Mycology] Re: Which mushrooms can be grown in metro DC area?

James j0069bond at hotmail.com
Thu Oct 20 11:26:37 EST 2005

Frederick Burroughs wrote:
> James wrote:
> > I've successfully grown shiitake on logs outdoors.
> >
> > I'm looking for feedback from others in the area who have experience
> > growing other mushrooms in their backyard.
> >
> I'm near D.C., directly west about 80 miles out, in the mountains. I
> don't cultivate but find many cultivable species growing in the wild.
> These include: Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus), Maitake (Grifola
> frondosa), Wood Blewits (Clitocybe nuda), Shaggy Manes and other
> Coprinus species, Morels (Morchella esculenta) although these may not
> be so easy to cultivate, Reishi and other varnish conks, Cauliflower
> Mushroom (Sprassis spathulata), Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus
> sulphureus and L. cincinnatus), and lots, lots more. Honey Mushrooms
> (Armillaria mellea and A. tabescens) are a suitable substitute for
> shiitake, but are pathogenic to living trees and not something you
> want to introduce into your backyard. You can find them by the grocery
> bagsful in the forest. And, these don't include the numerous and
> mouthwatering mycorrhizal varieties...
> Do you have Paul Stamets' "Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms"
> (GGMM)?
No I don't have the book but I see it's available at the local library.
 I've only recognise a oyster mushroom in the woods.  Can't really ID
from pictures.  What I need is a class where I see the actual mushroom.
 The first time my logs had shiitake, I took one to an expert to ID.

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