Wood dowels inoculated with “cold temperature range” shiitake mycelium for log cultivation.
“Cold range” indicates the conditions under which this strain can be fruited, and are NOT an indication of which type of climate they grow best. Fruiting Temperatures: ~7-20C (44-68C). This strain of shiitake will expand your season by fruiting earlier in the spring and extending later in fall than the wide range variety. Does not respond well to forced fruiting in summer.
Shiitake Lentinula edodes, are a gourmet edible mushroom long revered in Asia. Growing shiitake on hardwood logs is easy, but takes patience as it can take up to a year, even two, before your logs are ready to fruit for the first time. These delicious mushrooms are well worth the wait, and once colonized your logs will produce a few crops every year over several years.
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 naturally. When nature doesn’t provide enough rain, force fruit it in the spring and fall by soaking in cold water and keeping very wet for a week.
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.