Oyster

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.

Logs: More difficult to obtain than toilet paper, but healthy soft hardwoods (such as Poplar species, soft maples, sweet gum and box elder) felled while dormant and then inoculated will yield lots of mushrooms at a very low cost using sawdust or plug spawn to inoculate logs and grow Oysters outdoors. Click here for more information on growing Oysters on logs.

Straw or other substrates: To grow Oyster mushroom indoors in bags or other suitable containers, pasteurize or soak straw (or other suitable substrates such as cottonseed hulls, etc.). Then mix Oyster grain or sawdust spawn with the straw (or substrate) and pack it tightly into the bags or containers. Place in a controlled environment, and in no time you'll have a regular Oyster mushroom farm. Click here for more information on growing Oysters on straw or other substrates.

Sterilized sawdust: Oysters also grow well on sterilized sawdust (hard and soft hardwood mixes). If you lack the specialized equipment, we have Oyster Table Top Farms and 10-Block Sets available and shipped ready-to-fruit. Click here for more information on growing Oysters on sterlized sawdust.


Toilet paper: This substrate is easily obtainable and already "processed," so all you basically have to do is moisten the paper and add the spawn. Our Teepee™ Kits come with everything you need (except the toilet paper, of course), and are perfect for a fun and interesting indoor project.