Winter Tree Oyster spore print is collected by placing a mushroom cap (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, wood chips, sawdust, various grains, coffee grounds, agricultural waste, newspaper and cardboard.
Colonization/Fruiting Temperatures: 70-75F/60-70F
Available In: plate or slant
The culture offered here was collected late in the summer in our Southern Mountains near Knoxville, TN. Like most Oysters, Winter Tree fruits easily on a wide range of substrates and are great candidates for stock oyster mushroom production or for recycling wood and paper waste into edible mushrooms.
As with all oyster mushrooms, winter tree oysters need plenty of fresh air to develop normally. High carbon dioxide levels from mushroom metabolism will accumulate in sealed growing environments and can reduce cap size and elongate stems severely. Fruiting in open humidity chambers with frequent fresh air exchange will produce best possible yields.
*Note: Prints can be stored under refrigeration for several months, but it is best to use as soon as possible.