North Spore Sawdust Spawn
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Sawdust Spawn is hardwood sawdust colonized by mushroom mycelium. Each bag contains 5.5 lbs of inoculated hardwood sawdust, enough for about 25 logs. Drill 12mm holes in your logs, pack the sawdust using an inoculation tool and seal with wax. Sawdust spawn is the preferred spawn for commercial mushroom growers.
The varieties we list fruit best on hardwood logs. Recommended log species lists will be included with instructions.
Chicken of the Woods aetiporus sulphureus - Large bright orange fruit bodies have a texture reminiscent of chicken. Great in soups and stir-fries. Fruits all season from late spring into late fall. Prefers large-diameter oak logs.
Golden Oyster Pleurotus citrinopileatus - Tropical oyster strain that thrives in warm weather. Produces beautiful clusters with yellow caps that are a favorite at farmer's markets. Grows well on many different hardwood species including oak, maple, and poplar.
Snow Oyster Pleurotus ostreatus - Very popular fleshy firm edible snow white oyster-shaped caps often found growing on old dying maple trees. Reliable and particularly cold tolerant, fruits prolifically in early spring or late fall. Grows well on many different hardwood species including oak, maple, and poplar.
Italian Oyster Pleurotus pulminarius - A thicker and meatier oyster mushroom. Can grow caps that are quite large. Fruits in early spring or late fall. Grows well on many different hardwood species including oak, maple, and poplar.
Grey Oyster Pleurotus ostreatus - Very popular fleshy firm edible grey-white oyster-shaped caps often found growing on old dying maple trees. Our most productive oyster strain. Reliable and cold tolerant, fruits prolifically in early spring or late fall. Grows well on many different hardwood species including oak, maple, and poplar.
Lion's Mane Hericium erinaceus - Pure white cluster of icicle-like teeth, often found on beech and birch in the wild. When cooked, they have a consistency similar to crab meat. Naturally fruits during cooler months. Due to a slower colonization rate, higher inoculation rate should be used. Can be grown on many different hardwood species, large- or small-diameter logs.
Reishi Ganoderma lucidum - Beautiful waxy reddish-brown shelf-like fruit bodies are a highly prized immune-boosting medicinal used to treat a long list of ailments. Used for teas and tinctures. Not for culinary use. Fruits midsummer. Prefers oak logs though other hardwood species can be used.
Shiitake Lentinula edodes - Edible brown umbrella-shaped spongy caps, very nutritious and medicinal. Good for drying and reconstituting in winter soups. Meaty texture when cooked. Grows best on oak and maple. Three strains available:
Wide Range Shiitake - Fruits throughout the growing season and responds well to commercial forced-fruiting production methods.
Warm Weather Shiitake - Fruits best in warmer climates or during warm summer months in temperate climates.
Cold Weather Shiitake - Fruits best in early spring or late fall and can be stimulated to fruit by exposing to cold temps.
Wine Cap Stropharia rugosoannulata - Vigorous red-capped fruiting bodies thrive on woody debris piles and work well in non-sterile environments such as outdoor sawdust, wood chip and straw beds. Prefers hardwood chips but will grow on a mix of soft and hard. Once established, a wine cap bed will produce for several years and can be easily transplanted into fresh woody debris to create a new bed.