Scientific Name: Hericium spp.
Hericium can be found growing wild on living trees in North American forests but may be cultivated using freshly cut hardwood logs or sterilized hardwood sawdust. There are four distinct species of Hericium found on hardwoods in North America, two of which we offer to cultivators for their very different qualities. Their appearance inspires a variety of nicknames, we simply call them delicious!
Cultivation: Both of the Hericium species we carry can be cultivated on natural logs using a process very similar to Shiitake cultivation. Hericium is a slower growing, less aggressive fungus, so doubling the inoculation rate will speed up the colonization and subsequent fruiting. Red Oak has traditionally been the preferred log species for sawdust (or plug spawn) inoculation, but many other hardwoods are preferable, particularly Beech and Sugar Maple. Alternatively, the totem method of inoculation using sawdust spawn has proven to be very successful when using hardwood rounds. More Information and Tips for Growing
While Beech and Sugar Maple are proven producers, other soft hardwoods such as Tulip Poplar, Aspen, Sweetgum, and soft maples show promise. Following spawn run, place the colonized logs in a humid, SHADY location and watch for fruiting, especially in the fall. Hericium is also available in Table Top Farms and 8-Block Sets.