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Questions tagged [mushrooms]

Mushrooms are the fleshy fruiting bodies of a fungus, which bear spores for reproduction. Includes mushrooms with a stem and cap as well as any fruiting body, such as truffles or jelly fungus.

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Would Ganoderma Applanatum be edible after using it well to make a mushroom tea? [closed]

I consume a lot of mushroom products, and found that Ganoderma Applanatum makes a great tea. Can I consume the mushroom after making it into a vanilla flavor tea a couple times, and becomes well ...
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How do I propagate chaga?

I found some chaga today growing on a birch tree, and want to propagate it at home. How do I propagate chaga on a birch tree?
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Can puffball spores survive freezing?

I'm trying to inoculate the yard with puffball scraps, and was wondering if the fresh spores on the lawn will be able to survive freezing so I can get several in the yard next year.
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How much harvesting of Fomes Fomentarius is sustainable?

I'm fairly new at harvesting mushrooms, and was wondering how much Fomes Fomentarius I can harvest sustainable from a fungal garden.
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How does someone make substrate for white wood ear?

I was reading an article on making wood ear substrate, and was wondering how I make it at home. Here's the Wikipedia link about it. I'm thinking a poly-box, not a poly bag.
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Do Chicken of the woods rubbings on trees work for propagation?

I've heard that it's very hard to propagate COW, and was wondering if rubbing the tree with past prime parts of COW would help propagate them. Think similar to bear tree slashing.
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What is this fungi/ mushroom we found on our walk?

Found this while walking in woods near our home, not sure what it is and cant seem to find it on google. Was about 8-9 inches tall.
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How do I erosion proof a hillside with mycelium?

There's a new hill that was built at a friends place, and since I'm into permaculture he asked me what type of mycelium I would recommend covering the hillside with before winter comes. He has also ...
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What type of edible mushrooms can I easily inoculate in logs and grow in USDA zone 4a for full sun?

I'm currently building a home fungal/crop garden, and am wondering what types of mushrooms can inoculate fresh cut oak logs with that will grow in full sun next to tall grass on one side, and a wood ...
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Does wood shop sawdust work well for mushroom casing?

I have a friend with a home wood shop, and he said I can get his clean sawdust for free. Will this make good casing to keep things from drying out? Hay is a common casing for wine cap, so why not ...
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What will fungi do in an aerobic environment?

This winter I'm considering adding another foot to my wine cap bed so it has a nice thermal environment all winter. That would make it under 2' (wood chip dimensions of 10'x100'x2') of wood chips/...
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How well do mushrooms grow on peat?

I'm putting a wine cap bed about 10 feet from a peat bog. How well will the peat feed wine caps, and any other mushrooms i'm able to grow in the bed? As part of the mushroom bed is 1' thick I can ...
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How thick of a layer of wood chips will I want to keep the soil warm in a USDA zone 4A environment during the winter?

I'm currently building a 10X100 fungal/garden bed, in a USDA zone 4A environment, and am going to want to keep the soil warm enough to keep fungi spreading. How deep will I want a layer of wood chips ...
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How can I recognize and control fungus gnats on my oyster mushrooms?

I'm growing lots of oyster mushrooms, and now I have lots of black flies. I don't know what species they are. How do I tell if they are fungus gnats or fruit flies ? How do I control them ?
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what is the liveable temperature range of winecap?

I'm trying to promote wine cap growth, and am unsure if I should leave a black tarp on it, or take off the black tarp.
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How do I pickle wood plugs for inoculation?

I've heard from a world famous mycologist that you should pickle your wood plugs prior to inoculation. What solution should I use to pickle them?
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What type of wood does black oyster mushrooms grow on?

I have a bag of black oyster mushroom sawdust, and was wondering what type of wood I should use to make totems with.
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Why are mushroom appearing in my garden?

I never had mushrooms in my garden. But this year they appeared in a significant number. Why? They appeared in the area where a large tree was removed last year. That area was generously watered this ...
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Do toxic mushrooms that grow near a plant affect its edible / poisonous traits?

Some facts: I have some Basil growing in a pot, for the past 7-8 months, with some Thyme right next to it. Last week some mushrooms grew on the soil in-between them and under the Basil. What I know: ...
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Why don't people plug inoculate ends of logs, just the sides?

I've seen a lot of videos with people inoculating the length of the logs. Why don't people do the width?
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What edible mushrooms will grow on huckleberry logs?

I was given some huckleberry wood by a friend, and was wondering what mushrooms I can grow on it.
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How long does it take for King Stropharia to colonize cardboard?

I recently put in a cardboard bed of King Stropharia, and was wondering what growth rates I'm looking at to get successful colonization to rip it apart, and get more material going. I love ...
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Would leaf matting suffocate King Stropharia?

I'm planning to let some King Stropharia run wild in the woods, and was wondering if it would be able to survive being under leaf matting if I just pick the leaves up, then place them back down after ...
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How do I inoculate plants with garden giant when not disturbing the soil?

I'm wanting to hook my plants into Garden Giant spawn, but not disturb the soil. How can I best, and quickly put the spawn into the plants while not harming the plants? Is it reasonable to put a ...
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Does King Stropharia work well with most types of plants?

I'm getting some King Stropharia in the mail, and was wondering if they'll work well for experimenting in my community garden plot with all the vegitables I'm growing.
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Is areas with temporarily standing water recommended for Garden Giant Mushrooms?

I was out walking around my woods today, and noticed I have some areas with standing water. Is this the ideal place to put some Garden Giant spawn if I don't want to worry about it?
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Is it safe to put mushroom plugs in living trees?

I'm looking at ordering about 500 spawn plugs, and was wondering if it's safe to put mushroom plugs directly into live trees, and let them sap over while temporarily using tape caps to protect the ...
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Is making wild garden giant (wine cap) spawn similar to making bread?

I saw a video on youtube on making mycototes, and was wondering if I can make the spawn by just making a loaf from flour, coffee grounds, water, sugar, and blended wine caps then put it in a 5 gallon ...
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Is rubbing alcohol poisonous to shiitake mushrooms?

Within 24 hours my shiitake log got covered with a lot of green mold from a manufacturer, and feel I should douse the log with alcohol to try to save it. would this be a good idea?
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What is the best way to sanitize your hands when working with mushrooms?

I've been bleaching my hands before working with mushrooms, and am getting white spots on my cloths. What is the best way to sanitize your hands before I reach my hands into the moisture chamber to ...
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What temperature can oyster mushrooms withstand?

I accidentally left my oyster mushroom kit in a very warm area (maybe up to 120) for a week, and the kit seems to not be showing anything after having it for 2 weeks. Should I be worried about it not ...
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What happens when shiitake are exposed to sugar water?

I looked closely at my shiitake about 2 days after picking them, and was wondering if the fuzz on top of them is normal in the development of new buds: within 1 day: A few days later (the big clump ...
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Do different types of mycelium connect to each other?

I've heard that mycelium connect to each other when they are broken. Do they also connect with other types of mycelium to spread the network faster?
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How big of a container will I want to grow mushrooms in to keep the environment sterile?

I'm experimenting with growing black oyster mushrooms, and shiitake mushrooms this summer in plastic boxes to keep the house fungus free. how big of containers would you recommend keeping to grow ...
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What is this purple mushroom growing in my pot?

I found these purple mushrooms growing in one of my pots. I've been removing them and throwing them away. I have no idea what to google to identify them. Mostly I want to know if this will harm the ...
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How far will oyster mushroom pins grow before they give up?

I've got pinning on the sides of a mycelial block in a plastic food box. Will they grow the couple of inches along the sides to the open top, or should I take it out and put it in a bag for room to ...
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What nutrients do oyster mushrooms need?

I have some mycelium growing on cardboard but I am wondering what is in the cardboard other than carbon, oxygen and hydrogen that the fungus can use. How is it meeting it's need for nitrogen and other ...
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Do you need to inoculate a mushroom growing medium before breaking it up to spread on the ground?

I saw most people grow mushrooms in a medium before breaking it up to put on the bigger growing medium, but I'm wondering if I can just mix molasses with water (came from a YouTube video), and the ...
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What mushrooms should I look into for growing in garden aisles?

I'm planning out my community garden plot this year, and am considering growing mushrooms where the walking paths will be, and was wondering what types of mushrooms I should look into mixing together ...
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how do I modify the square foot gardening method for a community garden with mushrooms also?

I'm building out my community garden concept this year, and was wondering how I can use square food gardening to grow mushrooms in the walking paths, and vegetables on the sides with none of the same ...
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Will oyster mushrooms eat cooking oil?

I know oysters will eat engine oil, but cooking oil is a different type of chemical so is there any use in adding it to the substrate for growing mycelium?
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Will oyster mushrooms eat my cupboard? [closed]

I'm incubating oyster mycelium in a cupboard. When the fruiting bodies come, and they sporulate, will that endanger the cupboard itself ?
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Best way to grow Lion's Mane mushrooms?

I want to have success with Lion's Mane. I tried Oak logs some years ago and got nothing. I need info on using wood pellets and plastic bags (I have a large basement). This sounds like a faster way ...
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How competitive is the oyster mycelium mushroom?

I keep reading that oyster mycelium, once it has grown some, will out-compete other organisms. To what degree is this true? Will it eventually push out green mold?
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What mushrooms can I grow on kitchen waste?

I've got a box where kitchen waste, old pasta, lettuce etc, goes for composting. If I could grow mushrooms on it I'd try that so are there any that would ?
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I got green mold in my oyster mushroom bag, what to do?

I'm growing oyster mushrooms in a plastic bag on sterilized cardboard and coffee grinds. I was quite stringent with cleanliness at set up, and it's been OK for a couple of weeks, but now there are ...
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What are these tiny animals on my oyster mushrooms?

Pleurotus ostreatus infested with tiny gnats. I can see them with my loupe but too hard to photograph even though I said cheese! They have prominent attenae, and segmented bodies - but I guess that ...
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Grow oyster mushrooms in vacuum cleaner bags?

I'm giving oyster mushrooms a go, growing in coffee grinds in a plastic bag. Having an air filter in a bag, like the ones in purpose made mushroom bags, is a recommended technique. What if I used a ...
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Mushroom growing, when to harvest champignons?

I am having a small experimental box with brown champignons in my basement. It already had two great waves of mushrooms, but it seems I waited too long because they all were opened up already. When I ...
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Fungi by a passiflora plant - identification

These little mushrooms appeared overnight in my garden (located in the Mediterranean region). I was wondering if anyone could help identify what they are. Closest species I got to was Mycena ...