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

Log and Stump Inoculation
Shiitake, Maitake, Hericium, Hen-of-the-Woods, Reishi, Oyster Mushrooms
GMHP offers plug spawn of  hardy gourmet and medicinal mushroom species: These sterilized birch plugs are grooved and fully colonized by pure mushroom mycelium, and are available in packages of approximately 100 or 300 dowels (Shiitake Plug Spawn is also available in packages of approximately 100, 300, and 1000 dowels). These Plug Spawn come complete with user-friendly instructions. Plugs may be refrigerated for up to 6 months before use.  See:  Summary of Written Instructions.
 

Shiitake Maitake Reishi Hericium Oyster How To Use
Mushroom Plugs

Cheese Wax Cheese wax is used to seal in the 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 5 - 10 logs @ 50 plugs per log:

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

$9.95  1 lb Cheese Wax

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Certified Organic: Mushroom Spawn & Nutraceuticals Grown by Gourmet Mushrooms Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI).

Shiitake MushroomsShiitake: Perhaps the most delicious of all the edible medicinal mushrooms, shiitake is highly esteemed for its medicinal properties.
Shiitake 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 oaks, chestnut and ironwood. Many other species will produce yields that are still satisfactory though not quite as high, such as 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/
Growing
species Common Name Number of Mushroom Plugs / Product Code Price

 Lentinus

Easiest to Cultivate

Lentinus edodes

Shiitake

 

100 ea.

 PLUGSH100

$21.95 

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Easiest to Cultivate

Lentinus edodes

Shiitake

 

300 ea.

 PLUGSH300

$33.95 

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Easiest to Cultivate

Lentinus edodes

Shiitake

 

1000 ea.

 PLUGSH1000

58.95 S/H

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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.
This mushroom will grow on a wide range of hardwood logs or stumps, including oak, maple, walnut, beech, chestnut and elm.

 

Genus/
Growing
species Common Name Number of Mushroom Plugs
/Product Code
Price

Hericium

Fairly Easy to Cultivate

Hericium erinaceus

Lion’s Mane

 

 

100 ea. 

 PLUGLION100

$21.95 

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Hericium

Fairly Easy to Cultivate

Hericium erinaceus

Lion’s Mane

 

 

300 ea.


 PLUGLION300

$33.95

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Sonoma  Brown Oyster Mushroom

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.  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:
These mushrooms prefer tulip poplar, aspen, cottonwood, beech, willow, maple, oak, and sweet gum.

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Genus/ Growing species Common Name Number of Mushroom Plugs
/Product Code
 

 Pleurotus


Fairly Easy to Cultivate

 Pleurotus ostreatus

Sonoma Oyster

100 ea.

 PLUGSB100

$21.95

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Brown Oyster Mushroom

 Pleurotus ostreatus

Sonoma Oyster

 

300 ea. 

 PLUGSB 300

$33.95

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Fairly Easy to Cultivate

 Pleurotus columbinus Blue Oyster

 

100 ea. 

 PLUGBLU100

$21.95 

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Blue Oyster Mushroom  Pleurotus columbinus Blue Oyster

 

300 ea. 

 PLUGBLU300

$33.95

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Maitake MushroomsMaitake 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.
Will grow on a wide range of hardwood logs & stumps and some conifers: oak, elm, maple, sycamore, beech, plum, peach, hemlock, and many others.  Logs may be laid on their side & partially buried.

Genus/
Growing
species Common Name Number of Mushroom Plugs/Product Code Price

 Grifola

May be difficult to cultivate

 Grifola frondosa

Maitake
Hen of the Woods

100 ea.

 PLUGMA100

$21.95

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May be difficult to cultivate

 Grifola frondosa

Maitake
Hen of the Woods

 

300 ea.

 PLUGMA300

$33.95

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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.
Will grow on a wide range of hardwood logs & stumps and some conifers: oak, elm, maple, sycamore, beech, plum, peach, hemlock, and many others.  Logs may be laid on their side & partially buried.
Genus/
Growing
species Common Name Number of Mushroom Plugs/Product Code  
Ganoderma

May be difficult to cultivate

Ganoderma lucidum

"Reishi" or
 "Ling Chi"

100 ea. 

PLUGGAN100

$21.95

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Ganoderma

May be difficult to cultivate

Ganoderma lucidum

"Reishi" or
 "Ling Chi"

 

300 ea. 

PLUGGAN300

$33.95 

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Mushroom Plug Inoculation

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. Spawn can stay viable for up to 6 months in a refrigerator.

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

The best times for cutting the logs are either in the winter 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.

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 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 plugs.

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 plugs into the holes.

Step 3
Cover the plugs with the cheese wax. To do this, melt the wax in a pan which can be maintained at 300oF. 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. Approximately 100 plugs are needed to inoculate 3 logs.

INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE INCLUDED WITH YOUR ORDER
For more details on log cultivation see:  Growing Shiitake Mushrooms in an Agroforestry Practice or
A Guide to Outdoor Mushroom Log Cultivation: Highlighting shiitake, reishi, and tree oyster mushrooms (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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