Wood dowels inoculated with turkey tail mycelium (Trametes versicolor) for log cultivation.
Turkey Tail grows wild on dead wood in Canadian forests, and can easily be grown on logs at home. Watch this talk by mushroom expert Paul Stamets on the medicinal values of turkey tail. (This segment is part of a longer TED Talk on medicinal mushrooms.)
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. In that case soak in water overnight to give your log a hydration boost, then water frequently to maintain high humidity. Turkey tails are very slow to form, taking weeks even months to reach full size depending on outdoor temperatures. Where possible, keep near a creek or naturally wet area to help maintain higher humidity over time.
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.