Scientific Name: Pleurotus species
Oyster mushrooms are delicate woodland fungi native to many temperate forests throughout the world. Familiar to North American mushroom hunters, they are also widely cultivated internationally on a variety of agricultural byproducts. A particularly elegant and colorful group, Oysters are also aggressive colonizers of many substrates, making them among the easiest edible fungi to cultivate.
Cultivation: Because Oyster mushrooms can grow on so many different substrates, choose the substrate first, then the method:
Wood logs: Healthy soft hardwoods felled and inoculated (such as poplar species, soft maples, sweet gum and box elder) will yield lots of mushrooms for a very low cost. Use sawdust spawn with the drill-and-fill method or the totem method for outdoor growing.
Pasteurized or soaked straw (or other suitable substrate): Straw that is soaked or pastuerized according to directions provided conditions the substrate for growing Oyster mushrooms in bags or containers indoors. Mix our certified organic Oyster mushroom sawdust or grain spawn with the conditioned straw and then pack it tightly into our Oyster bags (or other suitable containers) and place in a controlled environment for incubation and then fruiting.
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