Spore print is collected by placing the cap of a golden oyster mushroom (grown indoors) on a piece of paper and allowing the discharged spores to collect on paper or aluminum foil and form a print. Prints can be used to grow mycelium on a sterile petri dish. While we take every precaution to maintain sterility we cannot guarantee prints are completely free of contaminating organisms.
Cultivation Difficulty: Easy
Substrate: Pasteurized straw, hardwood chips and sawdust, various grains, newspaper and cardboard.
Colonization/Fruiting Temperatures: 75-85F/70-85F
The golden oyster is an attractive fast growing mushroom that fruits on a wide range of woody substrates. The mushrooms grow in clusters of small, thin fleshed, funnel-shaped yellow caps.
The flavor improves dramatically with thorough cooking. Mushrooms tend to be bitter and sour when raw or undercooked.
The golden oyster is not as productive as other oyster mushrooms, so expect only about two flushes before the substrate is exhausted. The temperature must be at least 65F to initiate fruiting. These mushrooms also need plenty of fresh air to develop normally. High carbon dioxide levels from mushroom metabolism will accumulate in sealed growing environments and may reduce cap size severely. We've found the golden oyster to be tempermental, and not reliable enough for scaled up production. It is best suited as a novelty mushroom grown for the unique coloration of the fruits.
Golden oyster mushroom sawdust spawn blocks are avaialble seasonally for those that want to play with this variety and not invest the time in tissue culturing or starting from scratch.