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Bear's Head Tooth Mushroom Plug Spawn, Hericium americanum, 100 pack

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100 plug pack

Lion's Mane logs are fun to make, require little maintenance, and will produce mushrooms for years. Inoculate your own prepared logs using our 5/16in x 1in spiral grooved colonized plug spawn.

Soak recently cut hardwood logs of three to four feet in length, four to six inches in diameter, in a tub of fresh water, or under a slow soaking hose for 48 hours. Freshly cut wood can be used without soaking. Use beech, elm, oak and similar hardwoods. One of few mushrooms that produces well from Walnut. Avoid paper barked hardwoods such as birch and alder.

Prepare plug spawn inoculation sites by drilling 5/16in x 1 1/2in holes in a spiral pattern starting at one end of the log working towards the other. Space each hole approximately 4-6 inches away from the last. Number of holes will vary, for most logs 20-30 is good.

Inoculate the log by hammering colonized plugs into each hole. Using a small punch to sink the top of the plug 1/4in or so below the surface is recommended. Each log should take approximately 20-30 plugs.

Seal the inoculation sites by dripping melted cheese wax onto each hole. Cheese wax is easy to work with and can be melted in a double boiler. We use a small 2.5 quart crock pot dedicated to this purpose. Wax can be dripped on with a brush, distributed with a large dropper, turkey baster, or easy to use 10cc B-D inoculation syringesv. A markable metal write-on tag can be stapled or tacked to the end of the log for long term identification.

Place logs in a shaded area and bury one third of the log's length (hence Lion's Mane logs should usually be cut a little longer than other mushroom logs. Frequent and normal rainfall should keep them moist, but the logs may require a soaking with a sprinkler or soaker hose if things dry up.

The Bear's Head muchroom (Hericium americanum) offered here was isolated from a specimine collected in the wilds of our beautiful southern mountains near Knoxville, Tennessee.  Bear's Head Tooth is very closely related to Lion's mane and several other species of Hericium found in North America.  These mushrooms are similar in flavor and growth habits.  So if you are looking for Bearded Tooth, Hedgehog, Satyr's Beard, Bearded Hedgehog, pom pom, Bearded Tooth, Monkeyhead or Comb's Tooth mushrooms we suggest you try these plugs.

Logs will typically take over one year to mature and should produce in late summer and early fall.

Properly maintained logs will continue to produce mushrooms for many seasons!

For more information on growing from plug spawn check out the following titles from our Mushroom Bookstore:

 

 

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