Chicken of the Woods (for Hardwoods) Plug Spawn


*For Advanced or Experimental Growers*  Wood dowels inoculated with Chicken of the Woods mycelium for planting into hardwood logs.  Best results are achieved through “pre-treating” freshly cut oak logs before inoculation by steaming, boiling or pressure cooking, then partially burying the logs once well-colonized.  Note:  Some people have gastrointestinal distress eating this gourmet edible mushroom.  Cook well and eat a small amount the first time.



Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus) is a bright orange mushroom with a yellow porous underside that grows primarily on oaks.  **Cultivation on logs is still experimental – with best results are achieved through “pre-treating” freshly cut oak logs before inoculation, then partially burying the logs once well-colonized.**

“Pre-treat” the log by pressure cooking, steaming, or boiling the fresh oak logs for 1-4h, then let cool.

Drill holes about 25mm (1″) deep into freshly harvested conifer 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.

Tap plug spawn into holes with hammer, then cover with melted wax using a dauber.    For detailed instructions on how to inoculate your log, click here.

Raise your mushroom log on bricks to avoid contact with soil, and store in a shady location where they will receive rain.  For optimal growth, rehydrate your log during extended dry periods by submerging overnight in water.  After 4-6 months, when you seen evidence of mycelium growing in the cut edge of the log, bury in a shady location leaving about 2 inches above the soil surface.  Let nature do her thing and wait for the mushrooms to grow.  Patience is required as it can take a year or more for first fruiting. Mushrooms will form several years after that.

Typically heavy rains in the spring and fall will stimulate your log to make mushrooms. Sometimes nature doesn’t provide enough rain and you can supplement with heavy watering.

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.

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100, 500, 1,000


with 100g wax, with 454g wax, without wax

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