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Growing King Stropharia in Hardwood Mulch?


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#1 KristusApollo

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Posted 30 April 2021 - 04:48 PM

I know the optimal substrate for King Stropharia is fresh hardwood chips possibly mixed with wheat hay. However, I'm having a difficult time finding a small amount of wood chips, 5-10 cubic feet, locally. I can get a huge truck load (like 8' x 15') dumped for free but 1) I don't think my neighbors will like that in my driveway, 2) I have no need for that large a quantity.

 

Does anyone have experience and success growing King Stropharia with wheat hay and hardwood mulch?


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Posted 30 April 2021 - 05:49 PM

 You could  try a local landscaping supply company, they sometimes sell Hardwood Oak Chips by the yard.  Check for Hardwood mulch at Big Box stores in 2 cubic foot bags.  A bail of straw is cheap, or buy a bag already shredded.  Wine Caps are a wonderful mushroom... All the Best!  
 


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Posted 01 May 2021 - 02:46 AM

I’ve heard of Lizard bedding at pet shops is made of Beech. This is something I’m investigating.

Wine Caps are pretty forgive. I used some chips with some pine mixed because I did not know better. They still grew. However, I don’t suggest it.

I’m excited for your grow!
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Posted 01 May 2021 - 08:25 AM

I know Aspen Chips do well with Oysters, and is considered a Hardwood.  It's similar as in it's pet bedding.  


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Posted 01 May 2021 - 08:37 AM

I’ve heard of Lizard bedding at pet shops is made of Beech. This is something I’m investigating.

Wine Caps are pretty forgive. I used some chips with some pine mixed because I did not know better. They still grew. However, I don’t suggest it.

I’m excited for your grow!

 

 

I know Aspen Chips do well with Oysters, and is considered a Hardwood.  It's similar as in it's pet bedding.  

 

I've used aspen chips from a pet store before for oysters but probably 2/3rds of what I've been reading about wine caps is to use fresh, within 2 months, chipped hardwood so wasn't sure if pet store aspen that's been sitting for who knows how long would work.



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Posted 01 May 2021 - 09:06 AM

I personally would go with a mix of Oak, Maple, Cherrywood, Applewood, any hardwood that is tougher than Aspen.  I believe hickory is high on the list regarding hardness, I see culinary boxes of 2 cubic feet for oak, but I'm sure shipping would be the high cost if you can't find locally.    






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