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Fungi Ally Mushroom Plug Spawn
Mushroom plug spawn is best for inoculating wood logs or stumps. Mushroom plugs are made of 1” birch dowels covered with mushroom mycelium. This type of spawn is easy to handle and no extra tools are necessary. It is produced year-round in a sterile facility to ensure the highest-quality spawn. The spawn run and inoculation tend to take a little bit longer but if you are doing 40 logs or less it is likely the best bet for you.
(Quantity of 100, 1000, or 2000)
Shiitake LE 46 Mushroom Plugs
The work horse for many shiitake log farmers. This strain has a fast spawn run and great yields. LE 46 is a beautiful mushroom that has a dark cap and some white ornamentation on the cap edges. These mushroom plugs will fruit at a wide range of temperatures and responds well to shocking.
These shiitakes are best grown in hardwood logs, like oak, sugar maple, and beech. Other logs will work but will not produce as high of yields. Use logs that are between 3-8 inches for this method of cultivation.
To start, drill one-inch deep holes every six inches and tap shiitake mushroom plugs into the holes with a hammer. It is best to offset the holes so in the end the drilling makes a diamond pattern. Fill every hole with shiitake plug spawn and then fill the hole with wax. The wax ensures the mycelium will not dry out, and that no other fungi will get into the log. You can use beeswax, cheese wax, or soy wax. Growing shiitakes at home on logs with mushroom plugs is one of the most popular, easy, and fulfilling ways to do it.
Blue Oyster 3015 Mushroom Plugs
Oyster mushrooms can be cultivated on straw, wood, coffee grounds and a range of other cellulose rich materials. This strain is a great commercial producer on both wood and straw. Large fruiting bodies, fast spawn run, and a beautiful blue color that is vibrant when young. This mushroom fruits in a wide range of temperatures from 55-75 degrees F.
Yellow Oyster AM1 Mushroom Plugs
A delicious buttery yellow oyster mushroom strain. These yellow oysters can be grown on straw, logs, coffee grounds and many other cellulose rich materials. Totems are a great choice with yellow oysters and softer hardwoods like poplar, aspen, and elm can be used for outdoor cultivation.
Maitake Mushroom Plugs
A very popular foraged mushroom. This is a difficult mushroom to grow but when it does it can grow in large quantities. Best to inoculate oak stumps or large rounds in contact with the ground. Fruiting bodies come out of the soil.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom Plugs
A furry mushroom friend that you will want to pet as much as eat. Lion’s mane does very well on beech totems and supplemented sawdust. It takes longer than shiitake or oyster to establish and cannot be shocked into fruiting. This strain typically fruits in September.
Making Totems with Mushroom Plugs
Totems are typically made with oak, beech or sugar maple logs with a diameter greater than eight inches.
To begin, start with a 3-foot log. Cut one part about 1.5-feet long; Cut a second part 1.3-feet long; and cut the third section about 2 inches long. Once you have your totem logs ready, find a suitable place for cultivation. It is ideal to use a location that is shaded year round by conifer trees. The north side of houses and sheds can work as well.
Plug the top and bottom of your first 1.5-foot log. Drill about 20 holes in the face of the log and hammer the mushroom plugs into the holes. Place this directly on the ground and put the second 1.3-foot log on top, and secure the two together with 2-3 nails. As before, drill 20 holes in the top of the log and inoculate with more plug spawn on top of the log. Finally, attach the 2-inch disk with 2-3 nails onto the top of the second log.
The log should be reassembled to how it was before you cut it but now with mycelium in the middle. The mycelium grows up and down through the log sections and after a year will begin to fruit. With the large diameter size of the logs it will take the mushroom awhile to eat through a totem so they can continue to fruit for over 10 years!
This method can also be done with stumps of hardwood trees that have just been cut. Simply drill your 1-inch deep holes every 6-inches or so into the top of the stump, tap in the mushroom plugs, and cover with bees/cheese/soy wax. This is a great method to speed up the decomposition process of your stumps and produce pounds of fresh mushrooms right in your backyard!