General Skills Food & Drinks How to Make And Take Care of Oyster Mushroom Logs

How to Make And Take Care of Oyster Mushroom Logs

Oyster mushrooms are one of the common edible mushrooms. They are considered to be highly nutritious. It has historically been used for medicinal purposes. In the wild, they can be found on dead trees or fallen logs. Ideal cultivating conditions To provide for the best Oyster mushroom logs, you would need to use woods like maple, willow, mulberry, tulip poplar, quaking aspen, tree of heaven, and oak. They have provided some of the best results when it comes to rich fruiting. Ideally, you would start cultivating them on logs from 4″ to as large as you can handle. If you happen to be using large logs you can inoculate them totem style. Tree stumps can also be inoculated. How to prepare Here are a couple of specifics to ensure good fruiting from the Oyster mushroom logs. Do not use a tree that has just been felled. Wait for 3-12 weeks before inoculating the logs. But make sure the logs are not too old. There might be other bacteria or mold already taken over it. Dowels can be produced from stumps because they make it decay faster and you can easily remove it from there. Use your dowels as soon as you acquire them because then the mycelium stays more virulent. You can sprinkle them with water on a regular basis to help the mushrooms grow. Mushrooms are unpredictable in growth rates, so do not be disheartened if it takes a longer time to grow. How to grow oyster mushroom logs Using mushroom dowels are an ideal way of cultivating oyster mushrooms. They are essentially wooden plugs about 40mm long and 8mm wide. Normally they are used for hardwood trees. These take a good 6-12 months, but the waiting period is worth the richness of the flavor. The mushroom dowels should be damp and covered in white or grey mold that would look fluffy in appearance. Don’t worry about the mold, because it is known as the Oyster mushroom mycelium and it is a part of the cultivation process. Drill a hole in the log, and hammer the dowels into it. Make sure to drill the holes in a diamond pattern, covering the entire bark surface. After inserting the dowel into the trunk, use sealing wax to cover the wound. This prevents other fungi and molds from entering the log. Preferably you would want to use non-toxic, natural sealing wax. You should seal any other side branch wounds as well. Now you need to place the log in a cool, damp area for about 12 weeks. Do not cover it with anything as this might make molds grow on the surface. Look for signs Once the log shows signs of mycelium growth, that is, you would see white substance on the top and bottom of the cut surfaces, then you will know the mycelium growth is complete. Now all you need to do is leave it to grow naturally. Oyster logs can be harvested twice a year, once in autumn and once in the spring, and they continue to fruit for up to five years! View more:

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