Shiitakes (Lentinula Edodes) originated in East Asia (Japan, China and Korea). Shii = an evergreen tree related to Oak, beech and other Fagaceae family trees. Take=mushroom. The samurai had specific spots they ordered cultivated. Traditional cultivation involved simply adding logs next to where they grew naturally.
My shiitake logs are doing well currently (these are not my logs above!), I’ve got them hid on TVA property in the shade. Hopefully I’ll be harvesting this Spring.
The process is pretty basic:
1. ID trees (oak, hickory, maple, sweet gum, poplar) – NO CONIFERS. ID in the summer.
2. Cut trees between late fall and early spring.
3. Innoculate within 2 weeks to one month.
4. Three methods of innoculation – sawdust, plug or thimble. Sawdust and plug require wax, thimble does not. Reference my past picture album with the process for plugs.
5. Place logs somewhere damp and shaded.
6. Wait 6-18 months to harvest.
ITS THAT EASY!
Field and Forest (where I buy all of my spawn) Tell them I sent you and hopefully they will consider giving Garden Club Members a discount!