Growing: casing and spore question
KatraMungBean at centurytel.net
Thu Aug 12 04:01:56 EST 2004
In article <bl359c$pml$1 at bob.news.rcn.net>, <enferex at softhome.net>
> I am new to the whole growing mushroom deal
> I am interested in growing shittake mushrooms
> 2 questions:
> 1)Other than buying spores or mycelium from a supplier could
> I just buy some edible shittakies in the grocery store and use their
> spores or mycellium?
> 2) What is the best/easiest/safest casing to use for shittake
> Can i just simply use sawdust or is it an absolute must to use some
> other type of casing if my spawn substrate is rye grain? (is that a good
> substrate to use for shittake?)
You can cut some sterile flesh from the inside of a fresh mushroom cap
and place that on a culture plate to get a mycelial matt started.
I'm also very new to mushroom cultivation, but I'm so fascinated with it
that I've been studying hard! <lol>
I _strongly_ suggest getting this book by Paul Stammets! It has a wealth
of information on both home and commercial mushroom production of
several different species and has a huge chapter on Shitake:
The book is also available from Amazon.com
According to Stammets, you can start out with grain substrate and
transfer it into fortified sawdust/wood shaving mix for fruiting.
Dowel/plug innoculum into broadleaf hardwood logs also works and will
give you longer lasting production.
You should make a sawdust spawn out of your grain spawn prior to placing
it into fruiting bags/jars.
There is no casing involved.
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