Shiitake mycelium is unusual, in that it develops brown mycelia as compared to the usual fine white mycelium networks you may see when growing other mushrooms. Very often it can be mistaken for mould or rot. Shiitake offers a new experience with mushroom growing, and we at Urban Farm-It offer fast and responsive in depth customer service to make sure you get the most out of your grow.
All of our spawn is stored in specialist breathable Microsac bags. This means that the spawn is always at its freshest, from our fridges to yours.
For larger quantities, check out our wholesale collection.
Growing Time: 2-4 months
|Binomial nomenclature||Lentinula edodes|
|Inoculation rate||mix with ± 1% spawn|
|Natural substrate||composition:||80% hardwood, mixed fine + coarse|
|Incubation||room temperature:||20-22 °C|
|substrate temperature:||23 °C|
|Primordia induction||(night time)* temperature:|
|Fruiting conditions||room temperature:||14-16 °C|
|relative humidity:||88-93 %|
|interval:||10 à 12 days|
|between flushes:||temperature increase up to 19-24 °C, CO2 up to 1500-2500 ppm, humidity down to 85%|
|bud induction:||immerse or irrigate substrate for 12 hours|
|Total production cycle|
|Average yield||200 g to 300 g saleable mushrooms per kg fresh substrate†|
*Primordia are induced by a shock. For most mushroom species, this is done with a thermal shock, which is defined by the minimum temperature during the day-night cycle.
†Mushroom weight immediately after harvesting, and wetted substrate weight prior to inoculation.
Important remark: the cultivation guidelines in our technical data sheets are a compilation of the data given to us by experienced cultivators. Individual differences in the cultivation conditions can seriously affect the results.