How to Grow

With Liquid Cultures

How to Grow

With Liquid Cultures

Liquid Culture Instructions

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Liquid Culture FAQ

While we recommend using your mushroom cultures as soon as possible while they are at their prime, they can easily survive for months refrigerated in a cold dark place. (In fact fungal mycelium is amazingly resilient, and cultures are often still viable even after a year or more!)

Over time, your liquid culture may become too thick with mycelial growth, making it difficult to inject through the needle.

This will depend on which species you are growing, how much substrate you are inoculating, and the temperature at which you incubate.

As a rule, the more you use, the faster they will colonize. Your aim is for full colonization of your substrate within about 2-3 weeks, although it can take longer.

For faster growing species like Oyster and Turkey Tail, about ~2 ml (or cc’s) of liquid culture is generally adequate per 1L canning jar or small injection port bag full of cooked and sterilized grain (approx 2-3 lbs cooked).

With slower growing species like Shiitake, Lion’s Mane and Maitake, you might want to use 5 ml.

It can take some time before you see visible mycelium growing in your grain (1-2 weeks). But once it starts to grow, the process accelerates quickly.

Shake the bag or jar when it’s around 1/3 colonized to evenly distribute the mycelium. After this point, the bag will be fully colonized quickly, generally within 5-7 days.

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The Key is to Keep Cold or Delay Shipping

Refrigeration will delay fruiting for a month or more, and a cold dark basement will slow them for 2-3 weeks.  A sticker on your parcel will alert the recipient to keep it cold.

We encourage you to order early to avoid the uncertainties of the seasonal postal rush, and delay shipping.  To delay shipping, select a date on the checkout page, found directly under your total order $ value.   If you don’t select a date, we will ship in 1-2 business days.

The elves at our family farm are doing our best to keep everything in stock, but we request your understanding just in case we run out and substitute a similar product in order to ship on time.  

Consider also the option of a non-perishable gift, like booksmushroom hot chocolate, or a gift card so that your loved one can choose a living gift when timing is best for them.

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