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Shiitake mushroom log update

shiitake mushroom close up

Our Shiitake mushroom logs are starting to fruit for the first time.

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We started ours back in May, and I'm curious when you guys started yours. I understand 6-9 months is pretty typical, and we're anxiously awaiting our first crop.
Comment by Ken Mon Oct 26 09:12:59 2015
Ken --- We started these in March. But since oak is such a dense wood, I wasn't actually expecting a harvest until spring. Shiitakes can take up to a year to colonize their logs. It also depends on the strain --- I haven't checked my notes yet to see which one is fruiting here. So you may have some more time to wait!
Comment by anna Mon Oct 26 18:19:18 2015
That is not what I wanted to hear! Ours are in water oak logs. I was hoping for Winter, but I guess we'll keep on waiting. :(
Comment by Ken Thu Oct 29 00:05:47 2015

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