Wood dowels inoculated with Bear’s Head mycelium for log cultivation (Hericium abietis)
Bear’s Head (aka Conifer Coral) grows wild on conifer stumps and logs throughout in North America, and can also be intentionally cultivated. After fall rains, this fungus produces a creamy-white edible mushroom that looks like a pompom emerging from the dead wood of conifers, especially fir and Douglas fir.
Drill holes about 25mm (1″) deep into freshly harvested hardwood log using 8mm (5/16″) drill bit and depth stop. If you are drilling holes many logs, consider our specialized high speed mushroom drill bit and angle grinder adapter to make the task faster and easier.
Store logs in full shade outdoors where they will receive rain. For optimal growth, you may with to rehydrate your log during extended dry periods by submerging overnight in water.
After 6 months to 2 years your log will be ready to start producing mushrooms. Typically heavy rains in the spring and fall will stimulate your log to make mushrooms. Sometimes nature doesn’t provide enough rain. To ensure your log is well hydrated, soak in water overnight then water frequently for 10 days to maintain high humidity while mushrooms form.
100 plugs will plant ~2 logs* (~100g of wax will seal 100 plugs)
500 plugs will plant ~10 logs* (~454g of wax will seal 500 plugs)
*Based on an average log size of 40 inches long by 4 inches in diameter.