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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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Brown mold on my reishi grow?

I'm growing a monotub of reishi. The tub is well colonised but it looks like there's a couple square inches where the reishi myc isn't growing and I noticed a small patch of brown eaten into the ...
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Growing Mushrooms: Grain & Saw Dust in one bag

When dealing with Shiitake liquid culture it is advised to first inoculate a grain substrate, like a bag, after which to transfer the spawn to saw dust. It seems to me, that the big advantage of using ...
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Shiitake Cultivation on Wood Pellets: Toxicity Concern

I am planning on indoor growing Shiitake mushrooms on wood pellets normally used for heating. Is there a concern for toxic contamination through the pellets? After all the wood has been cut or ...
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Can I use peat as a substrate for oyster mushroom growing?

I want to grow mushrooms at home. For small scale. I have done some research found that oysters are the easiest to start so I bought some grain spawn. For the substrate I am out of US and I dont knoe ...
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Growing Oyster mushroom: Is my spawn growing healthily?

I am trying to grow oyster mushrooms. They had a very strong smell which dissipated slowly over the week now ( I actually asked another question here Question ) I am not sure of how the process is ...
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Very heavy smell while growing oyster mushrooms

I started growing oyster mushrooms. A really small batch really. One bucket with almost 3 gallons of substrate and spawn. I bought my spawn online and stored it in the fridge, sealed in its container. ...
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Growing oyster mushrooms: Mycelium turning reddish brown? Help!

I am growing oyster mushrooms. I am a beginner. My first batch. It has been something like 10-11ish days now since I started the batch. It is almost three quarters colonized. Suddenly some brown-red ...
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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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Could one grow mushrooms on processed food waste?

I'm wondering if the processed food waste (PFW) output of an electric composter, like this one, could be used to grow (oyster) mushrooms on? The PFW is supposedly sterile, so the idea is to lightly ...
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Are these really shiitake?

Found these growing off the exposed-above-ground roots of a tree in my backyard. They are plentiful and I don't want them to weather uneaten -- unless they are poisonous. A Google image-search claims,...
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What fungus is this? (Peruvian amazon fungi)

I found what I think is a fungus (Ascomycetes division?) in the Peruvian rainforest the first week of August. Does anybody know at least the common name/genus of it? Thank you so much!
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What mushroom inoculation method works better?

I've heard about both cardboard, under the plant, and direct seeding inoculation methods for growing wine caps in the soil. Does one method work better than the other? If so which one works better?
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What kind of brain mushroom is this?

I found this (brain?) mushroom near the wall of a building under the roof. The soil seemed very dry. (Northern Germany presumably)
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What proportions should be mixed of urea, wine caps, and dirt?

I have all of my nitrogen locked up with wood chips (4 Silverado 1500 truck loads) from last year, and now am trying to rebalance my soil, so I plan to mix winecaps with ura (45-0-0) with the native ...
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Why and how are mushrooms growing in my indoor house plant soil?

Every day I check my peace lily to see if it needs watering, and now there are two mushrooms growing in the pot! Please let me know why & how they are growing there and what I should do with them.
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Plant has yellow things on it

What are these things on my plant?? It started as small yellow dust then it grew to these weird fungi looking things on my plants. Is it time to throw it out?
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Can I inoculate crabapple tree logs with mushroom plugs?

My wife and I are interested in setting up a bit of a stumpery as a feature in the garden and a friend of ours has a crabapple tree he wants me to remove from his property. I was wondering if it was ...
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What are these curly mushroom-like growths in my mulch?

In one area of the garden in the house I bought couple of months back, we have mulch and recently we are seeing the following. Not sure if this is a mushroom or not. My current guess is that the mulch ...
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Mushrooms in the grass

I live in Phoenix, AZ and had some grass (sod) laid in the yard 3 weeks ago. Now, each day, clumps of mushrooms are now popping up all over the lawn. How did the mushrooms get in there? How can I ...
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is it a good idea to throw part of a mushroom in the bottom of every plant hole?

As a hobby mycologist I get a lot of mushrooms in my yard, and I was wondering if it's a bad idea to throw part of a mycorrhizal fungi in the bottom of every hole that I drop a plant into so it can ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Is Plant Still Safe to Eat If Mysterious Mushroom Grew in the Same Planter?

Two days ago I noticed a mysterious and short-lived mushroom in my planter that is housing a flowering "Carnival Blend" bell pepper plant. Yesterday it looked like this: Today the mushroom is dead ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...