Plug spawn is the easiest way for mushroom cultivation on logs
Advantages of plug spawn
- Easy to use
- No special tools required
- Long storage period
- Low susceptibility to infections
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Strains available on plugs
Oyster var. winterPleurotus ostreatus
Italian Oyster PHOENIXPleurotus pulmonarius
Golden OysterPleurotus citrinopileatus
Pink OysterPleurotus djamor
Sakura OysterPleurotus djamor
King Oyster ERYNGIIPleurotus eryngii
Shiitake (for logs) SHIITAKELentinula edodes
The variety is characterized by intensive and aggressive growth in wood. The length of the incubation period depends on the type of wood and temperature. For soft hardwood, e.g. birch, the incubation period is 3 to 5 months under optimal thermal conditions. On hardwood, e.g. oak or beech, incubation lasts from 7 to even 12 months. After the wood is overgrown with mycelium, it is necessary to soak the logs in water to induce fruiting. It fruits very well in spring and autumn, when there are significant drops in temperature during the night.
The variety produces very good quality fruiting bodies with a dark brown hat (they brighten at higher temperatures). The fruiting body caps are spherical-convex at first and then almost flat when fully mature. Harvest the fruiting bodies when the brim of the hat is still strongly bent downwards. Then the fruiting bodies are the tastiest. The variety is characterized by an intense aroma.
Pioppino PIOPPINOAgrocybe aegerita
Sheathed woodtuftKuechneromyces mutabilis
Nameko NAMEKOPholiota nameko
Chestnut MushroomPholiota adiposa
Conifer TuftHypholoma capnoides
Golden Enoki ENOKIFlammulina velutipes
White Enoki ENOKIFlammulina filiformis
Honey FungusArmillaria mellea
Elm OysterHypsizygus ulmarius
White Beech Mushroom BUNA-SHIMEJIHypsizygus tessulatus
Brown Beech Mushroom BUNA-SHIMEJIHypsizygus marmoreus
Lion's Mane Mushroom LION’S MANEHericium erinaceus
Bear's Head Tooth Fungus BEAR'S HEADHericium americanum
Coral Tooth FungusHericium coralloides
Jew's Ear Mushroom MUNAuricularia auricula-judae
Wood Ear Mushroom MUNAuricularia polytricha
Red Reishi REISHIGanoderma lucidum
Yellow Reishi REISHIGanoderma lucidum
Lingzhi REISHIGanoderma lingzhi
Hen of the Woods MAITAKEGrifola frondosa
Umbrella polyporeGrifola umbellata
Tureky tail fungus TURKEY TAILTrametes versicolor
Sulphur Shelf Mushroom CHICKEN OF THE WOODSLaetiporus sulphureus
Chaga Mushroom CHAGAInonotus obliquus
Phlebiopsis Mycelium for removing stumpsPhlebiopsis gigantea
General instructions for growing mushrooms on the logs using plug spawn.
Freshly cut logs of hardwood trees
Plugs with mycelium
A foil or a plastic bag (to cover the logs)
Choice of substrate
Choose freshly cut, healthy stumps of hardwood trees (stored for no more than 2 months), with a diameter of 10 to 40 cm and a length of 50 to 100 cm (The smaller the diameter, the longer the log should be).
If the wood is firmly stored during storage if it becomes dry, it can be moistened repeatedly sprinkling with water for several days.
Preparation of the substrate
Drill holes in the log of the same diameter as the diameter of the plug and 1 cm deeper than its length. Drill the holes in several rows around the log, alternately at intervals of approx. 15 cm.
Fill each of the holes with a mycelium plug and cover the place of inoculation with foil or smear it with animal fat or hot wax. On average, there should be 20 - 50 plugs per log depending on the type of mushroom, type of wood and dimensions of the log. The more plugs you use per log, the faster the colonization process will be.
Incubation (mycelium growth)
Put the inoculated logs in a foil bag or wrap them tightly with foil and keep them in a dark place at a temperature of 20-25°C. The logs will become covered with white mycelium after 4 to 10 months depending on the type of mushroom, type of wood and dimensions of the log.
Put the logs outside, protecting them from sunlight and wind. The required temperature for the formation of fruiting bodies is 10-24°C and the most preferred humidity is 80-85%. The fungi will initially appear as small, white or brown knots which will develop into mature fruiting bodies in about 7-10 days.
Yielding will take from 3 to 6 years. The fruiting bodies are most often formed in spring and autumn. There will be breaks ranging from several weeks to several months between harvests. In severe frosts, the crop must be covered.