Plug spawn

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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  • Pleurotus djamor on log | MycoLabs
  • Lentinula edodes on log | MycoLabs

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Strains available on plugs

Group A
  • ML2000
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Oyster var. winter (Pleurotus ostreatus)

    Oyster var. winter

    Pleurotus ostreatus
  • ML2100
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Italian Oyster (Pleurotus pulmonarius)

    Italian Oyster PHOENIX

    Pleurotus pulmonarius
  • ML2200
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Golden Oyster (Pleurotus citrinopileatus)

    Golden Oyster

    Pleurotus citrinopileatus
  • ML2300
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Pink Oyster (Pleurotus djamor)

    Pink Oyster

    Pleurotus djamor
  • ML2310
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Sakura Oyster (Pleurotus djamor)

    Sakura Oyster

    Pleurotus djamor
  • ML2400
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    King Oyster (Pleurotus eryngii)

    King Oyster ERYNGII

    Pleurotus eryngii
Group B
  • ML1000
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Shiitake (for logs) (Lentinula edodes)

    Shiitake (for logs) SHIITAKE

    Lentinula 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.

  • ML3000
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Pioppino (Agrocybe aegerita)

    Pioppino PIOPPINO

    Agrocybe aegerita
  • ML3100
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Sheathed woodtuft (Kuechneromyces mutabilis)

    Sheathed woodtuft

    Kuechneromyces mutabilis
  • ML3200
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Nameko (Pholiota nameko)

    Nameko NAMEKO

    Pholiota nameko
  • ML3300
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Chestnut Mushroom (Pholiota adiposa)

    Chestnut Mushroom

    Pholiota adiposa
  • ML3400
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Conifer Tuft (Hypholoma capnoides)

    Conifer Tuft

    Hypholoma capnoides
  • ML3500
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Golden Enoki (Flammulina velutipes)

    Golden Enoki ENOKI

    Flammulina velutipes
  • ML3501
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    New
    White Enoki (Flammulina velutipes)

    White Enoki ENOKI

    Flammulina velutipes
  • ML3600
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Honey Fungus (Armillaria mellea)

    Honey Fungus

    Armillaria mellea
  • ML3700
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Elm Oyster (Hypsizygus ulmarius)

    Elm Oyster

    Hypsizygus ulmarius
  • ML3800
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    White Beech Mushroom (Hypsizygus tessulatus)

    White Beech Mushroom BUNA-SHIMEJI

    Hypsizygus tessulatus
  • ML3801
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Brown Beech Mushroom (Hypsizygus marmoreus)

    Brown Beech Mushroom BUNA-SHIMEJI

    Hypsizygus marmoreus
Group C
  • ML5000
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Lion's Mane Mushroom (Hericium erinaceus)

    Lion's Mane Mushroom LION’S MANE

    Hericium erinaceus
  • ML5050
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Bear's Head Tooth Fungus (Hericium americanum)

    Bear's Head Tooth Fungus BEAR'S HEAD

    Hericium americanum
  • ML5100
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Coral Tooth Fungus (Hericium coralloides)

    Coral Tooth Fungus

    Hericium coralloides
  • ML5200
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Jew's Ear Mushroom (Auricularia auricula-judae)

    Jew's Ear Mushroom MUN

    Auricularia auricula-judae
  • ML5210
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Wood Ear Mushroom (Auricularia polytricha)

    Wood Ear Mushroom MUN

    Auricularia polytricha
  • ML5300
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Red Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)

    Red Reishi REISHI

    Ganoderma lucidum
  • ML5301
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Yellow Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)

    Yellow Reishi REISHI

    Ganoderma lucidum
  • ML5302
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Lingzhi (Ganoderma lingzhi)

    Lingzhi REISHI

    Ganoderma lingzhi
  • ML5400
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Hen of the Woods (Grifola frondosa)

    Hen of the Woods MAITAKE

    Grifola frondosa
  • ML5410
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Umbrella polypore (Grifola umbellata)

    Umbrella polypore

    Grifola umbellata
  • ML5500
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Tureky tail fungus (Trametes versicolor)

    Tureky tail fungus TURKEY TAIL

    Trametes versicolor
  • ML5800
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    New
    Sulphur Shelf Mushroom (Laetiporus sulphureus)

    Sulphur Shelf Mushroom CHICKEN OF THE WOODS

    Laetiporus sulphureus
  • ML5900
    Mother cultures (Petri dish)Spawn on grain or sawdustPlug spawn
    Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus obliquus)

    Chaga Mushroom CHAGA

    Inonotus obliquus

Instruction

General instructions for growing mushrooms on the logs using plug spawn.

  • Freshly cut logs of hardwood trees

    Freshly cut logs of hardwood trees

  • Plugs with mycelium

    Plugs with mycelium

  • Foil bag

    A foil or a plastic bag (to cover the logs)

  • Hammer

    Hammer

  • Drill

    A drill

  1. 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.

    Wood
  2. 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.

    Drilling holes
  3. Inoculation

    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.

    Plug spawn inoculation
  4. 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.

    Log incubation
  5. Fruiting

    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.

    Mushroom fruiting
Plug spawn inoculation | MycoLabs