Spore print is collected by placing the cap of a pink 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/65-75F
The pink oyster is an extremely fast growing mushroom that fruits easily on a wide range of ligneous substrates. The mushrooms grow in clusters of thin fleshed pink caps.
The flavor improves dramatically with thorough cooking. Mushrooms tend to be sour when raw or undercooked, but our experience has shown this to not be a very desirable oyster mushroom based on edibility.
The pink oyster is more productive than the golden oyster with yields similar to the more common market oyster strains. 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. Growth starts off as a fast growing white mycelium that ages to a pink color. Primordia and young mushrooms are bright pink but become less intensely colored as the mushroom matures. The color disappears entirely after cooking.
Pink 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.