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OYSTER PLUG SPAWN

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The Warm Blue Oyster - (Pleurotus ostreatus) is one of the most prolific indoor commercial fruiting strains with an extremely WIDE fruiting temperature window. Meaty and sweet, this mushroom is also known for its antiviral properties as well as cholesterol-lowering abilities. Optimum fruiting occurs when temperatures are between 50-80F, but it can produce as high as 95F. Outdoors it fruits well on oak, sweetgum, poplar, and many other hardwood species. Indoors we recommend fruiting this strain on pasteurized wheat straw and cotton hulls for incredible yields. This strain can grow year-round indoors and forms beautiful, thick clusters. The blue color quickly fades into a light steel-blue, grey color. Like all oysters, these mushrooms are high in protein and wonderful sautéed, grilled, or fried as a side or even the main course!

  • Grows on: Hardwood Logs and Stumps (Outdoors): alder, ash, aspen, beech, birch, elm, maple, oak, sweetgum, box elder, cottonwood, willow, ailanthus, tulip poplar, pasteurized straw or Agricultural Byproduct (Indoors).
  • Fruiting Temps: 50-80F.
  • Availability: Year-Round.

The Aspen Oyster – (Pleurotus populinus) is a beautiful white smooth capped oyster mushroom that is very similar to P. ostreatus. Aspen oysters grow on aspen, cottonwood, and sometimes maple but will grow on most any populus. When growing indoors you can use a variety of substrates including wheat, rice, straws, hardwood sawdust, cornstalks, and coffee waste. However, because this is an oyster mushroom it can grow on a variety of substrates. This specific mushroom will always have a white spore print with gills running decurrent down the cap to the short sometimes non-existent stem. The cap is either flat or convex and these mushrooms grow in a shelf stacked like formation with open spreading caps that are smooth and open when mature. These particular mushrooms have a very mild flavor and can easily replace button mushrooms in any recipe. Pairing well with many dishes and flavors you can use this to replace meat or as a great source of nutrition however if you undercook them you may end up with a very soft texture. The best time of year to look for them is going to be between spring and summer. If you are cultivating these indoors you can expect them to fruit every 7-10 days and on average they flush around 3 times!

  • Edibility and taste: Edible down to the stem, very mild taste.
  • Grows on: Hardwood logs: aspen, cottonwood, and sometimes maple, will grow on most any populus.
  • Fruiting temps: 60-70F
  • Availability: Year Round.

The Cold Blue Oyster - (Pleurotus ostreatus) is one of the most beautiful winter mushrooms and commercial fruiting strains with an extremely low fruiting temperature window. Meaty and sweet, this mushroom is also known for its antiviral properties, so it is a great mushroom to eat and toss into a soup during the colder months. Optimum fruiting occurs when temperatures fall between 35-50F, which means a cold shock down to a near freeze is needed to produce after a flush has rested. Outdoors it fruits well on oak, sweetgum, poplar, and many other hardwood species. Indoors we recommend fruiting this strain on pasteurized wheat straw and cotton hulls for incredible yields. We like to grow this strain indoors during the winter and turn off the heat to the growing room to save on production costs, so it is a good strain to cultivate seasonally. The colder the temperature the deeper blue the caps are!

  • Grows on: Hardwood Logs and Stumps (Outdoors): alder, ash, aspen, beech, birch, elm, maple, oak, sweetgum, box elder, cottonwood, willow, ailanthus, tulip poplar.
  • Fruiting Temps: Needs COLD SHOCK. Prefers fruiting 35-50, once baby mushrooms form they can mature quickly at higher temperatures, then cold shocked again every few weeks.
  • Availability: September - March.

Golden Oyster - (Pleurotus citrinopileatus) is one of the most beautiful oyster species. This warm weather strain is VERY FRAGILE when mature. They resemble a bouquet of beautiful yellow flowers, smell like fresh watermelon, and taste like roasted cashews when you sauté them in oil! An excellent gourmet mushroom for local food markets since this one does not ship well over long distances. Optimum fruiting temperatures fall in between 75-90F. Log cultivation is not recommended in cold climates since this strain may not overwinter. We recommend fruiting this strain on pasteurized wheat straw and cotton hulls. It typically fruits in 2-3 weeks indoors on straw but, unfortunately, it is not a heavy yielder.

  • Edibility and taste: Sweet and nutty.
  • Grows on: Hardwood Logs: alder, ash, aspen, beech, birch, elm, maple, oak, sweetgum, box elder, cottonwood, willow, ailanthus, tulip poplar.
  • Fruiting Temps: 75-90F.
  • Availability: April-September.

The Brown Oyster - (Pleurotus ostreatus) strain is very similar to the native white oyster, this strain differs in that it has a softer, inflated stem that is edible and delicious! The entire mushroom can be sliced and cooked, making it a great value for consumers. This strain can grow to almost a foot across and the cap margin becomes a beautiful, wavy shape when mature.

The Brown oyster is light sensitive, so it does not like growing in clear containers or bags, opt for black bags or use nursery pots, buckets, or bins with holes in them. This strain becomes trapped in clear containers and they cannot find the holes to escape. Not as sweet as the blue or elm oyster, this one is the best meat substitute and can be oiled and grilled whole for oyster sandwiches or cubed up and threaded onto kabobs.

Outdoors it fruits well on oak, sweetgum, poplar, and many other hardwood species in the spring and fall. Indoors we recommend fruiting this strain on pasteurized wheat straw and cotton hulls for incredible yields. This strain can grow year-round indoors due to its wide temperature fruiting window, forms beautiful, thick clusters, and is the most CO2 tolerant of all oyster strains. Approximately 100 plugs by weight.

  • Edibility and taste: Meaty and Earthy.
  • Grows on:
  • Hardwood Logs and Stumps: alder, ash, aspen, beech, birch, elm, maple, oak, sweetgum, box elder, cottonwood, willow, ailanthus, tulip poplar.
  • Fruiting Temps: 50-75F.
  • Availability: Year Round.

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