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February 2018
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Shiitake Innoculation

Its way early for shiitake innoculation but because I had to fell a large oak tree that the bulldozer scraped I decided to try a little experiment and after about 30 minutes with the chainsaw and some hard work I had a stack of oak logs ready for innoculation.  So I have like 100 plugs and I’ll never get them all used up.  But I figured this is a good time for an experiment.  If this works I can prolong my harvest rather than getting a flush of hundreds of mushrooms at once.  It might mean the difference between being forced to find a market and enjoying them all to myself!

4 comments to Shiitake Innoculation

  • Erollins

    Perfect timing. I too had to cut down ab oak this summer and was planning on growing shitake and oyster shrooms. I was going to wait until I had gone to Clair and Rusty Orner’s workshop in 7 springs. I had heard that you shouldn’t use fresh cut wood but wait a year. Any truth to this? Thanks again for the info.


  • Jason

    Nick from Save Our Skills had great things to say about that workshop if its the one that was there last year.  I’ve always read and my University contact on mushroom farming tells me that the optimal method is to innoculate any wood from the time of cutting up until 2-4 weeks after cutting.  If you wait any longer competing fungi take hold.  I can’t confirm this independently but she’s done this before so I trust her.  The only unknown is what she recommends as absolutes or best practices. 

  • Erollins

    Thanks Jason. That makes sense about the competing fungi. I was going to wait until the workshop but maybe I’ll go ahead and call Clair and Rusty tomorrow and order my plugs.

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