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Mushroom Dowels for Outdoor Mushroom Growing!

Mushroom  Dowels Spawn
GMHP, P. O. Box 515 IP, Graton, CA 95444 - 24 hour ORDER line: (800) 789-9121

Mushroom Dowel Spawn for Log and Stump Inoculation:
Shiitake, Maitake, Hericium, Hen-of-the-Woods, Reishi, Oyster Mushrooms: Blue Oyster, Sonoma Brown Oyster - Cheese Wax
GMHP offers Dowel spawn of  hardy gourmet and medicinal mushroom species: These sterilized birch Dowels are grooved and fully colonized by pure mushroom mycelium, and are available in packages of approximately 100 or 300 dowels (Shiitake Dowel Spawn is also available in packages of approximately 100, 300, and 1000 dowels). These Dowel Spawn comes complete with user-friendly instructions.  See:  Summary of Written Instructions. 
Plugs may be refrigerated for up to 6 months before use.  Approximately 100 plugs are needed to inoculate 3 logs 4 - 6 inches in diameter and 3 to 4 feet in length.

Shiitake Maitake
Hen of the Woods
Reishi
Ganoderma
Hericium
Lion's Mane
Oyster How To Use
Mushroom Dowels

These Products may be recylced Earth Friendly
Organic Mushroom Spawn used to seed our dowels is Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI).
Mushroom dowels produced through methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.
Cheese Wax Cheese wax is used to seal in the dowel spawn once the log has been inoculated. It can be applied with a small foam brush, baster, cotton daubers or other such applicators. One pound of cheese wax will cover 8 - 16 logs @ 30 plugs plugs per log:

1 lb Cheese Wax  
(5 - 10 logs)
$9.95  1 lb

$9.95  1 lb Cheese Wax

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Shiitake MushroomsShiitake Dowels: Shiitake is perhaps the most delicious of all the edible medicinal mushrooms, shiitake is highly esteemed for its medicinal properties. It has been found to reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, stimulate the immune system and have anti-tumor properties. 
The logs that will produce the highest yields of shiitake are deciduous oaks, chestnut and ironwood. Many other species will produce yields that are still satisfactory though not quite as high, such as live oak, sweetgum, bitternut hickory, alder, ash, eucalyptus, aspen, hard maples (sugar and black), black willow, yellow birch and river birch. Trees to avoid for shiitake cultivation include conifers, fruit trees, elm, hackberry, sassafras, soft maples (red and striped), sourwood, tulip poplar, dogwood, black locust, beech and most of the hickories.

Genus species Common Name Number of Dowels / Product Code Price

Lentinus

Lentinus edodes

Shiitake

Easiest to Cultivate

 

 

100 ea.

 PLUGSH100

$21.95 

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Lentinus edodes

Shiitake

Easiest to Cultivate

 

 

300 ea.

 PLUGSH300

$33.95 

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Lentinus edodes

Shiitake

Easiest to Cultivate

1000 ea. 

 PLUGSH1000

58.95 S/H

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Dowels for Maitake Mushrooms Maitake Mushroom (Grifola frondosa) may best be known for its cancer-fighting properties. It contains grifolan, an important beta-glucan polysaccharide (molecule composed of many sugar molecules linked together).

Grifolan has been shown to activate macrophages, a type of cell consider the " heavy artillery": of the immune system, explains Larry A. Walker, Ph.D., R.D., author of "Natural products update," published in Drug Topics, June 1997. D-fraction, one of the polysaccharides in Maitake mushroom, also energized the cellular immune system.

Genus species Common Name Number of Plugs/Dowels /Product Code Price

 Grifola

 Grifola frondosa

Maitake
Hen of the Woods

May be difficult to cultivate

100 ea.

 PLUGMA100

$21.95

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 Grifola frondosa

Maitake
Hen of the Woods

May be difficult to cultivate

300 ea.

 PLUGMA300

$33.95

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Dowels for Reishi MushroomThe Reishi mushroom can increase the production of interleukin1 and 2, resulting in inhibition of tumor growth. Studies show that Reishi can have a number of other positive effects on the body such as analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-viral (through its interferon production), lowers blood pressure. It also acts as a cardio tonic by lowering serum and increasing the production of interleukin 1 and 2, which results in inhibition of tumor cholesterol, expectorant, anti-tissue, liver protecting and detoxifying, protection against ionizing radiation, antibacterial, and anti-HIV activity.
Genus species Common Name Number of  Plugs/Dowels /Product Code  
Ganoderma Ganoderma lucidum

"Reishi" or
 "Ling Chi"

May be difficult to cultivate

100 ea. 

PLUGGAN100

$21.95

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  Ganoderma lucidum

"Reishi" or
 "Ling Chi"

May be difficult to cultivate

300 ea. 

PLUGGAN300

$33.95 

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Dowels for Hericium MushroomLion’s mane is the common name given to a group of mushrooms of the genus Hericium. Lion’s mane mushrooms have a coral-like shape, with spindly branches that shoot out from the stem. They are white, pinkish or creamy yellow in color, and are noted for their lobster-like flavor and texture when cooked.

 

Genus species Common Name Number of Plugs/Dowels
/Product Code
Price

Hericium

Hericium erinaceus

Lion’s Mane - Old Man's Beard

Fairly Easy to Cultivate

 

100 ea. 

 PLUGLION100

$21.95 

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Hericium

Hericium erinaceus

Lion’s Mane - Old Man's Beard

Fairly Easy to Cultivate

 

300 ea.

 PLUGLION300

$33.95

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Dowels for Oyster MushroomsOyster Mushrooms Reported Health Benefits: The Oyster mushroom has a firm texture when cooked and a "meaty" or oyster-like flavor which will add both texture and zest to most sauces or dishes.  These mushrooms prefer tulip poplar, aspen, cottonwood, beech, willow, maple and sweet gum. Oyster mushrooms are best known medically for their cardiovascular and cholesterol-controlling benefits. Oyster mushrooms contain mevinolin and related compounds which are potent competitive inhibitors of HMG CoA reductase (3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl coenzyme A reductuctase), the major rate limiting enzyme in cholesterol biosynthesis. In addition, they have been shown to have activity in the following:

bulletAnti tumor
bulletImmune response
bulletAnti-inflammatory
bulletAntiviral
bulletAntibiotic
  species Common Name Number of Plugs/Dowels
/Product Code
 


Dowels for Sonoma Oyster Mushroom

 Pleurotus ostreatus

Sonoma Brown Oyster

Fairly Easy to Cultivate

100 ea.

 PLUGSB100

$21.95

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Dowels for Sonoma Brown Oyster Mushroom

 Pleurotus ostreatus

Sonoma Brown Oyster

Fairly Easy to Cultivate

300 ea. 

 PLUGSB300

$33.95

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Dowels for Bklue Oyster Mushroom  Pleurotus columbinus Blue Oyster

Fairly Easy to Cultivate

100 ea. 

 PLUGBLU100

$21.95 

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Dowels for Oyster Mushroom  Pleurotus columbinus Blue Oyster

Fairly Easy to Cultivate

300 ea. 

 PLUGBLU300

$33.95

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Mushroom Dowel Inoculation
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Log cultivation is usually done with logs 4 - 6 inches in diameter with a length of 3 to 4 feet. Oak is particularly good for the cultivation of most mushrooms though many other species work well also: poplar, aspen, sugar maple, willow, alder and birch, among others.  Approximately 100 plugs are needed to inoculate 3 logs.

Tree species to avoid include many of the conifers, eucalyptus, hackberry, beech and dogwood. For certain mushroom species such  Reishi, hemlock, fir, and spruce can be used.

The best times for cutting the logs are either in the winter or early spring months for spring inoculation or after July 15 for mid-summer or fall inoculation. When inoculating logs in the summer, it is best to do the inoculation in the morning in a shady place. When selecting logs for mushroom cultivation, choose living trees without signs of decay. If the tree is dead, it will certainly already have other fungi growing in the wood.

Using logs from a dead or unhealthy tree will either lower your yields or prevent production altogether! It is best to inoculate logs in early spring if they have been cut during the winter. You can usually begin to inoculate logs one month before the average last frost date as long as day-time temperatures are above 40o F.

If you cut logs during summer, it is best to inoculate them within 3 weeks after they have been cut so that the logs will still have an adequate moisture content. After inoculation, the logs are just placed in a shady place out of the wind. After inoculation, the logs are just placed in a shady place out of the wind. The logs must be maintained in an environment above 40 percent moisture and kept fully shaded in the summer. Under natural conditions, mushrooms fruit in the spring and fall when temperatures are cool.

Logs generally begin producing 6 months to 1 year after inoculation; after which, they usually continue to fruit for 4 years producing 1-2 lbs. per year. The timing of mushroom production in nature depends on both temperature and the timing of rain. Once a log has “flushed” (produced a crop of mushrooms), it should be allowed to “rest” for at least 10 to 12 weeks to provide the mycelium time to replenish the energy required for fruiting.  Each log usually produces 2.5 lb - 4 lb over its lifetime. For inoculation, you will need a drill with a 5/16 inch drill bit, a hammer and cheese wax.
 

Step 1
Drill 1 ¼ in. deep holes into the log spacing the holes about 6 - 8 in. apart within a row. Leave approximately 2 to 4 in. between the rows and offset the holes so that they form a hexagonal pattern. A 4 in. diameter log will need 6 rows; a 5 in. diameter log will need 7, and a 6 in. diameter log will need 9 rows. A 4 in. log usually is given about 40 - 50 Dowels. The more Dowels you use per log, the faster the wood will be colonized with mushroom mycelium.  A large stump usually requires 100 holes arranged in a similar hexagonal fashion around the trunk and with holes on the top of the stump as well. All mushrooms are inoculated into logs in the same way.
 

Step 2
Hammer the Dowels into the holes.

Step 3
Cover the Dowels with the cheese wax. To do this, melt the wax in a pan which can be maintained at 300o F. An electric frying pan with a thermostat control works well for this.
If inoculating away from electricity, using a camp stove, make sure that the wax is hot when you apply it; otherwise, the wax will not create a tight seal and can easily fall off. The wax can be applied with a foam paint brush or cotton dauber.

Mushrooms can also easily be grown on a small scale for home consumption in a highly productive backyard mushroom garden with just a few logs.
By inoculating just 10 logs each year, one can harvest up to 25 pounds of fresh mushrooms each year. The total number of mushrooms you can expect to get on each log or stump will vary from log to log, from season to season and from year to year.  Approximately 100 Dowels are needed to inoculate 3 logs.

Logs

Shiitake mushrooms have traditionally been commercially produced in beds or bags of sawdust. But today’s market believes that Shiitake mushrooms grown on logs taste better, so many commercial growers are now converting parts of their operations to log culture. This is feasible for farmers who have a steady supply of logs from their own brush clearing or woodland management efforts, but the cost of buying logs decreases the chance of profitability.

Logs to be used must come from hardwood trees. Oaks are generally the most commonly used, but beech, liquidambar and sycamore also grow good crops. Walnuts and conifers contain oils and resins that make them mostly unsuitable, and eucalyptus and cedar logs actually repel mycelium growth

The logs need to have a diameter of at least four inches to be a reliable growth medium. Small logs will mature the mycelium more quickly, but growth will not last as long as larger logs. The logs must have a relatively high moisture content, and cannot be allowed to dry out. Fresh-cut logs are preferred for this reason. In addition, fresh-cut logs are less likely to have other fungus organisms already growing on them.

Logs are “inoculated” by inserting bits of young mycelium or “spawn” material. An inoculated log generally needs a year to allow mycelium growth before fruiting can begin. Logs that are in a fruiting stage can be shocked into production by soaking in ice-cold water for a day. Logs are usually fruited for a month or so, and then allowed to rest for several months before they are shocked into production again. A log will produce mushrooms for many years unless allowed to dry out.

From:
Mushroom Farming by Rick Gush 2012  http://www.hobbyfarms.com/crops-and-gardening/mushroom-farming-14815.aspx

COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE INCLUDED WITH YOUR ORDER
For details on log cultivation see:
 
A Guide to Outdoor Mushroom Log Cultivation: Highlighting shiitake, reishi, and tree oyster mushrooms (PDF) or

Growing Shiitake Mushrooms in an Agroforestry Practice (PDF)  or

PRODUCING SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS: A GUIDE FOR SMALL-SCALE OUTDOOR CULTIVATION ON LOGS (PDF)



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WE GUARANTEE THAT THE PLUG SPAWN YOU RECEIVE WILL BE VIABLE. and CAPABLE OF PRODUCING MUSHROOMS. WE CAREFULLY CHECK EACH STRAIN OF SPAWN WE DISTRIBUTE.
The total number of mushrooms you can expect to get on each log may vary from log to log, and will depend on your care of the logs and environmental conditions.

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