Mycotech – Reishi Liquid Culture Syringe: The Heart Of Chinese Medicine, Grown Right At Home
Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum) are indigenous to East Asia and have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine. In reality, reishi mushrooms have been used for nearly 2,000 years, dating back to the Han era.
In Chinese medicine, reishi (also known as lingzhi or “the mushroom of immortality”) is classified as a red mushroom and is traditionally used to treat chest and heart qi (energy). However, it is also thought to have numerous more benefits, influencing both the mind and the body.
Growing reishi mushrooms at home has never been easier. These Mycotech Liquid Culture Syringes, which contain live reishi mycelium, promote rapid and full colonization of the growing media. This eliminates the need to be concerned about partial colonisation or delayed growth.
Mycotech Liquid Culture Syringes ensure rapid colonisation in a matter of days, and ripe reishi mushroom fruiting bodies can be harvested in a matter of weeks. Please keep in mind that the substrate you use will have a significant impact on the time it takes for your mushrooms to colonize and fruit.
It’s also worth noting that reishi mushrooms can take two very different but equally beautiful shapes: the classic fan-like shape and a less common, long, antler-like shape. So, if your reishi mushrooms create long, projecting fruiting bodies, don’t be frightened; rather appreciate their natural beauty.
- 20ml liquid culture syringe
- 2x alcohol wipes
- 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 well before use. This helps to loosen the mycelium, ensuring an even distribution when applying the liquid to different substrates/spawn containers.
- 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.