Our mushroom logs are intended for long term seasonal mushroom production outdoors. For best results place the log outdoors in a shady place, avoid direct contact with soil. When outdoor conditions are conducive to mushroom growth mushrooms will sprout from the surface of the log for many years.
Care of your Oyster Mushroom Log:
Logs are cut and inoculated with oyster mycelium grown on wooden plugs produced under laboratory conditions. These plugs are pushed into holes drilled into the logs and a cap of wax is placed over each hole to prevent drying. The logs must then mature as the mycelium grows into the wood. This is called the spawn run and lasts for up to a year.
When the spawn run is complete, the logs are ready to fruit, and you can begin “shocking” the logs to initiate mushrooms.
Shock the logs to initiate fruiting by totally immersing it in cold or cool water for 24-48 hours. The water should be non-chlorinated, rainwater or tap water left to stand overnight. Place the log in a sheltered, shady spot and lightly cover with plastic to increase humidity. Mature logs should start fruiting within 1 - 3 weeks. Remove the plastic cover once fruiting has started.
Gently pull the mushrooms off the log. It's as simple as that! Oysters tend to come in flushes as the weather turns cooler.
After picking the mushrooms leave the log outside in a damp place for four to six weeks to rest and recover, then soak the log to start the second fruiting flush. Frost and snow are no problem. This resting period is for the mycelium to extract more nutrients from the log for the oyster mushrooms. During periods of prolonged dryness or drought, periodic overnight soaking may be needed.
It is also possible to simply leave the log outside in a shady place and it will fruit when the outside temperature starts to turn cold. This is the easiest way of growing mushrooms, but not so productive and predictable! The log should fruit for up to three to four years.
You should look for a shaded, damp area sheltered from the wind. The log will need to receive rainfall unless you are regularly soaking it. A north facing wall out of the wind is a good place, alternatively under a shady tree. Slugs can also be a problem - you may need to bring the log in to a slug free area while it is fruiting. The most important thing is to put the log somewhere easy to see! Most “failures” are due to the log fruiting happily away at the bottom of the garden out of sight and mind.