Customers often ask "When is the best time to plant my mushroom logs?"

While the “ideal” time to plant your mushroom logs is early spring, you can plant anytime up until a month or so before winter freeze sets in.   That’s great news because opportunities to gather logs can present themselves year-round.

Is there a wooded areas nearby soon to be cleared for housing development?  Did hydro crews come through cutting trees to keep the lines open?  Will your neighbour be removing a hazardous tree?  Become an opportunistic log scavenger.

The key is to plant into fresh logs as soon as possible (2-4 weeks).  The longer the log sits, the more time for wild fungus to start growing inside – gaining a head start before you’ve even planted your gourmet edible mushroom variety.

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Plug Spawn

"My logs have been sitting for months. Am I too late to inoculate?"

Life is busy, and sometimes we just don’t get around to planting our logs in a timely manner.  In fact, I have a stack of hemlock logs out back that I have been intending to plant for weeks now…..

Not to worry if your logs have been sitting for a few months. A heavier planting with mushroom plug spawn will help your gourmet species out-grow the competition, and compensate for the later start.   If your logs have been sitting for more than several months in warm weather, you may still have success but a reduce yield.  There is no harm in experimenting!

Planting Made Easy by Plug Spawn

Plug spawn contains the fungal mycelium of gourmet mushroom varieties growing on wooden dowels.  We offer a wide selection of edible and medicinal varieties, including shiitake, oyster and lion’s mane.

To “plant”, simply drill holes about 10 cm apart in staggered rows, use a hammer to tap plug spawn into the holes, cover with melted wax and place log in a shady location open to the rain.

Patience is a Virtue

Then it’s a waiting game. It can take from 6 months to two years before your log is ready to produce your first mushrooms.  How long exactly depends on which type of mushroom, the diameter and species of log, and the length of your local growing season.

From then on, your logs will fruit mushrooms seasonally for years to come.  Generally they will fruit in the rainy periods of spring and/or fall.  You can help them along by watering the log surface during the weeks following a heavy rain.

See our tips on caring for your mushroom logs.

The bottom line is, whether you inoculate in spring, summer or fall,  you log will eventually produce delicious and nutritious mushrooms for your family to enjoy!

Check out our video on log inoculation to learn how to get started with your food forest today!

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The Key is to Keep Cold or Delay Shipping

Refrigeration will delay fruiting for a month or more, and a cold dark basement will slow them for 2-3 weeks.  A sticker on your parcel will alert the recipient to keep it cold.

We encourage you to order early to avoid the uncertainties of the seasonal postal rush, and delay shipping.  To delay shipping, select a date on the checkout page, found directly under your total order $ value.   If you don’t select a date, we will ship in 1-2 business days.

The elves at our family farm are doing our best to keep everything in stock, but we request your understanding just in case we run out and substitute a similar product in order to ship on time.  

Consider also the option of a non-perishable gift, like booksmushroom hot chocolate, or a gift card so that your loved one can choose a living gift when timing is best for them.

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