Lion's Mane

Hericium erinaceus

Softball size clusters with cascading long spines make this Hericium one of the most breath-taking mushrooms. Lion's Mane has received attention in recent years for it's neurotrophic capabilities by potentially keeping our brains strong and helping strengthen those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. While Lion's Mane grown in sawdust culture can sometimes be slightly bitter, its log grown counterpart is almost always sweet and succulent. Patience is required for growing Lion's Mane on logs, often taking two years for fruiting to begin. Fruits in spring and fall.

Cultivation: Lion's Mane can be cultivated on natural logs using a process very similar to Shiitake cultivation. Lion's Mane 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.

While Beech and Sugar Maple are proven producers, other soft hardwoods such as Tulip Poplar, Aspen, Sweetgum, and soft maples may show promise. Following spawn run, place the colonized logs in a humid, SHADY location and watch for fruiting, especially in the fall. Lion's Mane is also available in ready-to-fruit Table Top Farms and 10-Block Sets.

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