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#1 scott_1971_h

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Posted 25 June 2021 - 07:10 AM

I'm about to come into some Maitake LC. I'm not sure exactly how to grow it, at least after it "graduates"from the grain stage...
So how do you grow it?


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Posted 25 June 2021 - 12:23 PM

I have 2 blocks ready for the FC, they do fine on supplemented hardwood.

I believe Arathu put some on logs but can't remember what type?
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Posted 13 July 2021 - 12:55 PM

I had to abort my Maitake block, the temps went up and I only got to a brain formation.  They prefer 60-65 degrees and that's not possible this time of year where I am at.  You have to plan out Maitake, they take a long time to fruit(damn polypores). .  



#4 Arathu

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Posted 13 July 2021 - 06:41 PM

Make sawdust spawn or plugs from the grains---->fully colonized sawdust spawn to----->

 

Sterilized oak blocks and logs, then colonized in bags to solid mycelium----->

 

Then I'm taking them out of the bags and burying them in soil with about 1" covering them....very soon in fact---->

 

And waiting on the fall weather.....we'll see what happens.....

 

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Posted 13 July 2021 - 11:53 PM

Make sawdust spawn or plugs from the grains---->fully colonized sawdust spawn to----->

 

Sterilized oak blocks and logs, then colonized in bags to solid mycelium----->

 

Then I'm taking them out of the bags and burying them in soil with about 1" covering them....very soon in fact---->

 

And waiting on the fall weather.....we'll see what happens.....

 

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Is that your usual practice? I'm sure Ive seen them fruiting in air out the side of big blocks, a-la hericium? (I could be mistaken)


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#6 MushLuvR

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 10:38 AM

I make Rice Bran Sawdust blocks for all my wood loving edible species.  Sterilized for 2.5 hours.

 

This is as far as I've been with Maitake(can't wait to try again) and completely my fault.  GL

 

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 05:06 PM

I'm as newbie to getting these beasts to fruit as you....I've grown some blocks that did little more than what MushLuvR is showing. I'm sure it was the fruiting conditions (in a tent and not controlled very well). this time I'm letting mother nature help me.

 

I've seen some of the U.S. based growers doing it on shelves, but I'm really impressed with the Japanese and Chinese growers that bury their blocks....

 

We'll see how it goes....

 

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Posted 13 September 2021 - 05:09 PM

Anyone know the best fruiting conditions for Maitake? I have 3 blocks approaching full colonisation.


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Posted 14 September 2021 - 06:15 PM

They prefer a colder environment, 60- 65F and you have to let the blocks sit(Colonize and form Primordia) like Shiitakes for 3- 4 months.  Timing is everything with these and I blew it last season starting too late.  I actually just shot up some Oats of Maitake, two different Shiitakes, Portobello, and a Bears Head Hericium variety.  The Bears Head and Portobello's will be fast to play with and don't mind a little heat while I'm waiting on others.  I'll get some King Oysters started for this Winter as well.  GOOD Times Ahead.   :meditate:


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#10 Arathu

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 07:11 PM

Blocks buried in commercial top soil seems to work......definitely cool nights, getting down into the 50's, and wet conditions makes them pop like madness......

 

Especially if the days warm up just a little.......I know for certain that rain makes a huge difference in the wild crop...

 


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Posted 19 September 2021 - 06:25 AM

Would ordinary potting mix be OK?

Blocks buried in commercial top soil seems to work......definitely cool nights, getting down into the 50's, and wet conditions makes them pop like madness......

 

Especially if the days warm up just a little.......I know for certain that rain makes a huge difference in the wild crop...

 


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#12 Arathu

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Posted 19 September 2021 - 07:03 AM

Yes....in fact most of the fill dirt I've used around the block is a cheaper bagged top soil with the last inch or two at the top being good (more expensive too) potting soil......

 

My blocks are about 8 inches square (roughly speaking) so the soil winds up being about 9 to 10 inches deep total but only about an inch covering the top of the block.....

 

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Edited by Arathu, 19 September 2021 - 07:27 AM.

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#13 Arathu

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Posted 19 September 2021 - 07:33 AM

Straight potting soil from the bag works well IME for mycology projects, top soil is just cheaper.....

 

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Posted 23 September 2021 - 06:16 PM

Well......

 

The answer is.......yes....colonized logs/blocks buried in dirt will fruit....


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8 months from commercial sawdust spawn to fruiting blocks of oak.......

 

Pretty sweet!

 

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#15 MushLuvR

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Posted 24 September 2021 - 10:43 AM

MAITAKE Fronds.   :meditate:


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