In the wild, you can forage for oyster mushrooms all year long. Fallen trees and logs, such as beech, oak, sycamore or other types of hardwood are where the oyster Mushrooms like to form in clusters, called shelves. With the exception of the King Oyster mushroom. This one tends to grow individually, with thick white, meaty stalks and tan colored caps. Also sometimes referred to as wine caps, king trumpets, or french horn. King Oyster is not native to the US.
Growing Oyster Mushrooms
When growing oyster mushrooms, colonizing and fruiting temperatures range from 30-80 F. With the exception of cold blue oyster mushrooms. They enjoy colder climates and need a “frost shock” to begin fruiting. And species like the Flamingo and Pink Oyster fruit in warmer weather. Some species like the True Elm are considered to have a wide range of temperatures that it will colonize and fruit in.
Oyster mushrooms tend to be the one of the easiest mushrooms to cultivate due to how fast they grow, the wide variety of substrates as well as their tolerance to different growing conditions, can also be grown indoors ALL YEAR LONG.
Oyster Mushroom Strains
Below please find a description for each of the oyster mushroom stains that we carry in our lab. Hope you enjoy.
Pleurotus populinus a hardwood loving strain with a colonization range of 70-75 F and a fruiting temperature of 60-74 F (spring and summer) this strain came from the woods in Maine found growing on aspen trees.
These mushrooms are mostly found at higher Shrooms Online elevations. The also like other types of poplar trees like cottonwood, alder, birch, and even sometimes conifer trees. The cap can be dark brown to light brown depending on the temps. The warmer it is, the lighter the cap will be.
Of course if you are cultivating indoors, and you don’t give the mushrooms enough light, their caps will have lighter colors. It features an intoxicating anise aroma, and have a very delicate flavor. They don’t last long after you pick them, so eat them within a few days of harvesting.
Log Mushroom Cultivation Trouble Shooting Guide
Growing mushrooms on logs is very rewarding. What’s better than having home grown Mushrooms in your yard? They can’t get any fresher than that. However, growing mushrooms can come with its own subset of problems. Check out this troubleshooting write up about the most common questions and issues that arise with cultivating mushrooms on logs. And if you have additional questions or experiences that you would like to share, please drop a comment below