Fufufungu – Shiitake Liquid Culture Syringe: Grow Shiitake Mushrooms At Home With Ease
Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) is a well-known mushroom known for its meaty texture and really delectable flavor. Shiitake mushrooms are, in fact, one of the most popular gourmet mushrooms in the world!
What’s more, they’re also quite simple to cultivate, especially for beginners. This liquid culture stimulates the rapid and complete growth of mycelium on a substrate, so you won’t have to worry about incomplete colonisation.
Supplemented hardwood (most suitable: oak, beech, birch, alder, chestnut, pasania) provides the excellent substrate for shiitake mycelium. Because shiitake mushrooms grow on trees in the nature, hardwood logs make the greatest artificial substrate.
To increase output while growing in bags inside, the hardwood can be supplemented with oat, wheat, rice bran, or soy hulls. If you must supplement, start slowly. A high supplement ratio can result in malformed mushrooms. It’s simple to grow tasty shiitake mushrooms at home, and it’s even simpler with our liquid culture.
- 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 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.