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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Oyster mushrooms, inoculate log in summer, or wait for autumn?

I recently got some big logs, lime/linden. I have oyster mushroom dowels, but it's summer in the UK and the logs are going to be drying out. Should I wait for autumn and cool damp weather, or will ...
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Champignon growing: from Recovery stage to shock, what to look for in covering peat?

Have very specific question for champignon growers When is the right moment to switch between stages, specifically from Recovery to shock. This is one of the vital points in growing and I would like ...
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approximately how much compost does a foot of wood chips compost down to?

I'm heavily composting my garden with arborist wood chips, and was wondering how much compost I get from a square foot of wood chips. I'm using Stropharia Rugosoannulata to break down the wood chips.
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Mushrooms in raised beds

Well, as title says.. a few questions about mushrooms and veggies: I have several raised beds with different vegetables. Raised beds are made from heat treated wood pallets and on top of them I've ...
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How can I grow mushrooms in my houseplant pots

I like fungi and find mushrooms aesthetically pleasing. I grow two jalapeno pepper plants in some large pots and would like to also grow some mushrooms in the same pots for decoration. I don't really ...
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Making a mushroom log - lion's mane

I got some lime/linden logs, and I have some lion's mane dowels I made myself. Any tips for a successful grow here such as number of dowels, depth of hole, moisture etc ? One thing I've done is to ...
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Fungus gnats and mushrooms in a Walmart strawberry plant

Two weeks I bought a $10 everbearing strawberry plant from Walmart. It looked the most alive out of all the Walmart options. I immediately repotted it into a larger pot that stays out on my balcony. I ...
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Oyster mushrooms turn reddish brown, pretty much every time. Is this a moisture or temperature or some other problem? Pls help

This is my 6th or 7th batch of mushrooms, and they all eventually turn the same kind of reddish brown and the caps don't really form. I've managed to get a couple of good flushes, but something is ...
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How can I get my mushroom kit to finally fruit?

I've never grown mushrooms before, but I bought a Herbal Since Ling mushroom kit 6 weeks ago. It consist of a plastic miniature greenhouse and a substrate block. The substrate block was covered all ...
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Oyster Mushroom Splits: What do they mean?

I recently started a brown oyster mushroom grow kit. It came with a plastic sleeve for keeping moisture in until pinheads form. After a large mushroom emerged, I removed the sleeve. This morning, I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...