Pleurotus cornucopiae : Popcorn Oyster Mushroom – culture in slant or petri dish
Cultivation Difficulty: Easy
Substrate: Pasteurized straw, hardwood chips and sawdust, various grains, newspaper and cardboard.
Colonization/Fruiting Temperatures: 75-85F/70-85F
Available In: 10cc liquid culture
The popcorn 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 caps.
The flavor improves dramatically with thorough cooking. Mushrooms tend to be slightly bitter when raw or undercooked.
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.
Popcorn oyster mushroom grow kits are avaialble seasonally for those that want to play with this variety and not invest the time in tissue culturing or starting from scratch.
Note: Culture supplied as living mycelium in solution in a sterile 10cc syringe with unattached 16 gauge needle. Culture can be stored under refrigeration for several months. Use to directly inoculate Sterilized Substrates and Media.
Petri plate cultures usually ship within 1-2 days. Slant requests are made to order, please allow 2-4 weeks for processing and shipment.