Mycotech – Lion’s Mane Liquid Culture Syringe: Lion’s Mane Made Easy
Lion’s mane—Hericium erinaceus—mushrooms are strange creatures with many long tendrils, similar to a lion’s mane. They acquire these drooping, root-like appendages instead of a cap. Growing throughout Europe and Asia’s deciduous woodlands, they have long been employed in traditional cuisine and holistic practices, particularly in East Asia.
You can now cultivate your own at home quickly and easily with these liquid cultures. In comparison to spore solution, liquid cultures contain pre-developed mycelium, making colonization both faster and more reliable. After inoculating your preferred substrate, you should observe mushrooms developing within six weeks.
To grow in bulk, you’ll need a bulk substrate, which can be (bran supplemented) hardwood (poplar, oak, alder, aspen, maple, birch, ash, beech, willow, elm) or a “master’s mix,” which is a 1:1 mixture of hardwood sawdust and soybean hulls.
Growers can also go natural and cultivate their lion’s mane mushrooms outdoors on wooden planks. Regardless of how you intend to use lion’s mane, growing it at home will undoubtedly be worthwhile.
- 1x 20ml liquid culture syringe
- 2x alcohol wipes
- 1x sterilised needle
- Use within 2 months after delivery. Store in a cool, dark place such as the refrigerator. Protect from UV light.
- 2–5ml per litre/quart jar of sterilised grain.
- Shake before use: Lion’s mane mycelium tends to clump together, so shake it well before inoculation.
- Be patient! Lion’s mane mycelium grows light and wispy to begin with, and you may not see it growing. If you don’t see visible growth for a while, don’t despair, it’s probably happening.
- After use, the liquid culture should be stored in the refrigerator. Dry thoroughly before replacing the protective cover to prevent rust from forming on the needle.
- Additionally, you can heat the needle with a lighter to evaporate residual water, before allowing it to cool. Once cool, replace the protective cover, secure the LC in a ziplock bag, and store it in the refrigerator.
- While more LC generally leads to faster colonisation, it’s not recommended to exceed 5ml per litre/quart jar.
- For grain still moist after hydration/sterilisation, less LC per litre/quart jar is safer, as excess water can lead to bacterial growth.