Ok Ok... extravaganza might be a bit overkill but what can I say... I like alliteration lol
I'm making this thread to serve as dumping ground for pictures, information and questions as well as to journal my first serious foray into the lovely world of cultivating edible mushrooms. I have a lot of plans and I'm sure I'll have a lot of questions too... Who knows I might even have some useful information for others in here as well lol Hopefully we can have some fun in here :)
So, first of all let me tell you what I have going on right now!
Mrs. Ethno got me a Lions Mane kit for my birthday (she's too good to me) and I've been having fun playing with that recently. I Have it in a clear tote with damp perlite in the bottom and I've been gently misting the walls and fanning daily as well as leaving the lid cracked a few hours a day. The kit was simple as hell... just cut a few slits in the grow bag and keep it humid lol Here are some pictures of the progress its made so far:
These are the first real signs if life I noticed about a week ago.. about a week after cutting the slits in the bag. I tried to find the best looking spots to make my slits but, damn, Lions Mane mycelium is so odd... I would have sworn the substrate wasn't colonized if i didn't know better... This block looked straight up brown when I got it lol
A couple days later things were definitely progressing!
I loved watching these grow... they grew slow and steady...
Here's a picture I took today...
Now at this point I will admit I have no idea what to do lol... I've read that they are ready to harvest when the 'teeth/spines' are 1-2cm long. They seem to be around that size but I've also seen people wait longer and sometimes get that typical look they have in the wild where the 'spines/teeth' are longer and pointed down. I have also read that its common for the fruits to discolor slightly when they are passing peak ripeness so I'm inclined to wait a bit longer to see if I can't get them a bit bigger... I see no signs of discoloration so I think I should be OK to give them a bit more time.
What do you think? Harvest tomorrow or let them do their thing a bit longer?
I also cloned some store-bought Shiitake Mushrooms directly to wheat berries by carefully removing a piece of inner stem tissue and placing it into the jars... I made three jars like this and from what I can tell they seem to be doing alright!
I've never seen Shiitake mycelium but this looks right to me... what do you think?
And one more:
The mycelium looks a little wispy but it does look healthy IMO... Ill be keeping an eye on these jars and with any luck I'll get one to colonize fuly! My plan from there is to do a G2G transfer to build up a reasonable amount of spawn and then spawn to bran supplemented Hardwood Fuel Pellets with the bran making up maybe 10% of the mix. I have everything I need all lined up so I'm hoping these guys make it lol
Aside from that I have a Lions Mane culture on the way as well as a "Sporeless Oyster" Culture that I'm hoping to get going in an LC and on some grain. I was super interested in the "Sporeless Oyster" strain because I really don't want to have to deal with the typical sporeload of Oyster mushrooms in my house lol Hopefully they'll live up to their name!
So that's about all I have in the works right now... I also have plans to grow more species of edible and medicinal mushrooms including Reishi, Turkey tail, Wine Caps and likely more :)
Ill be sure to keep you guys and gals updated! Any questions, comments and/or advice are welcomed and appreciated as always!
Thanks for tuning in,
Edited by ethnobotanist420, 05 June 2020 - 06:08 PM.