Edible Mushroom Liquid Culture Syringe 10cc, with sterile needle and alcohol swab.
Liquid cultures are a great way to maintain relatively sterile technique without expensive lab equipment. Decreased contamination means increased success in growing mushrooms!
Liquid culture can be transferred from a syringe to agar, liquid media (to make more liquid culture), grains, and bulk substrates. Attach sterile needle provided, flame sterilize, then inject 2cc of culture into a jar or bag of sterilized grain or substrate using a reusable injection port. If possible, use a glove box or work in front of a flow hood to further increase sterility.
Liquid cultures can be stored in a refrigerator to preserve the viability for months (even years). We recommend using them as soon as possible to benefit from their peak vitality.
Syringes do not come with instructions. Please research growing techniques before purchasing. Youtube.com is a great resource for information on using liquid culture. Follow this link to learn to make your own injection-port lids for a canning jar. This video demonstrates the process of sterilizing grain in a jar with injection-port lid, then inoculating with a liquid culture syringe in a glove box. Note: You can do this exact process without a glove box with great success! We recommend flame sterilizing the needle in between each transfer.
10cc liquid culture available in the following mushroom varieties:
Ganoderma lucidum – Reishi
*Ganoderma tsugae – Hemlock Varnished Conk
Grifola frondosa – Maitake
Hericium erinaceus – Lion’s mane
*Hercium abietes – Conifer coral (aka Bear’s Head)
Hericium coralloides – Coral tooth
Hericium americanum- Bear’s Head
Lentinula edodes – Shiitake S3790
Pleurotus citrinopileatus – Golden oyster
Pleurotus eryngii – King oyster
Pleurotus ostreatus– “Elm” oyster (not Hypsizygus ulminarius)
Pleurotus ostreatus var. columbinus – Blue oyster
Trametes versicolor – Turkey tail
Stropharia rugoso-annulata – Wine Cap/Garden Giant
Laetiporus sulphureus – Chicken of the Woods (hardwood)
*Laetiporus conifericola – Chicken of the Woods (conifers)
Note: Species marked with * can be grown on coniferous tree logs. All other species are suited to hardwood logs.