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 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.
Typically heavy rains in the late summer and early fall will stimulate your log to make mushrooms. Sometimes nature doesn’t provide enough rain and you can supplement with heavy watering. Patience is required as it can take a year or more for the first mushrooms to form, but after that your log will produce seasonally for many years.
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.