Growing Candidates For Cultivating Reishi Mushrooms

Growing Candidates For Cultivating Reishi Mushrooms


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  • The Specifics

Choosing to grow Reishi mushrooms is a fantastic choice anyone who wishes to cultivate mushrooms would choose, and if you have the question of how to grow Reishi mushrooms? Don’t worry, your question is going to be answered in detail, keep reading!

Why I said your choice of reishi is a fantastic one is because, reishi has over the years been revered for its amazing health benefits, also reishi species of mushrooms have a unique way of growing that you just want to watch it grow its dashing fruits. Talk of the great ease growing reishi comes with, also colonization is very quick when growing reishi mushrooms. Quite a lot of other species of mushrooms are prone to contamination, but this is not true about the reishi strain, it's highly resistant. There are two methods or forms in which you cultivate this strain, they’re the conk form and the antler form, the form you use is determined by the amount of air that gets to your growing block while planting.

Scientific Name: Ganoderma lucidum


Normally, the form of growth reishi mushroom would take is the conk form, but this will be otherwise if the amount of CO2 present in the growing room is high, getting access to high CO2 leads to the formation of antlers. Antlers are described as polypores that naturally grow on the side of dying or already dead hardwood trees. It has a shiny top with the ability to exist in different colors. Reishi mushrooms possess pores where they produce brown spores. It's interesting to know that the reishi strain has a very great fruiter, and sometimes its fruits could shoot out of the growing bag. Despite being great at fruiting, the downside to reishi is that its fruits are bitter, which makes them not good choices in the world of cooking. Nonetheless, they serve better purposes when used as tea extracts, and this gives them a strong position in medicine

Natural Habitat: You see it most often on stumps of trees and dead hardwood trees. May to November is the year that you see them in abundance, especially in regions with warmer t temperatures.

Level of Difficulty in Cultivation: Easy to Medium.

Agar: Very beautiful on agar with bright white rhizomorphic strands coming from the middle of the plate. Reishi mycelium appears to be very tough to the extent that you experience some difficulties when cutting, even with a scalpel.

Spawn Types: The best type of spawn that Reishi grows successfully on is rye and maybe some other grains can be used too. Sawdust won’t be an efficient spawn to use when you want to grow reishi because it has a way of holding it together. Reishi spawn becomes consolidated after they’ve thickened and you might need to use a spoon to break them apart before you can start spawning.

Substrate Types: Don’t use a straw, the reason is that Reishi won’t grow well on it. You should rather use hardwood sawdust with great supplements. For outdoor growing, a stump can be used by inoculating Reishi plugs on it.

Fruiting Containers: If indoor cultivation of Reishi is what you plan on doing, then you’d need some autoclavable grow bags that are large enough to take in your antlers conveniently. The moment that your antlers get to your desired height and size, bring your growing blocks into another growing place that will aid fruiting of the blocks. Make sure that the new environment you’ve introduced them to has the necessary growing conditions that they need.

Yield: Usually, expect only one flush from Reishi mushrooms. ½ Ib of mushrooms is what a 5 lb block will yield, but if you desire to have multiple yields, then condition your blocks to form conks not antlers. You can achieve this by exposing your growing blocks to an abundant supply of fresh air. This implies that air is necessary for your reishi to grow in a conk form.

Harvest: After your fruits have formed, harvesting should be done immediately, and afterward, discard the block. Don’t allow the fruits to start sporing before you harvest. The reason is that Reishi mushrooms produce immense spores that if allowed can overwhelm your growing room. So what you do in harvesting is cut the mushrooms with a knife or blade. Note that Reishi mushrooms can be so tough that an ordinary knife might not be able to do the job, this means that you’ll need to use a saw.

Weakness: It’s being said that Reishi mushrooms are kind of resilient against contamination, but when it comes to their spawn, it’s another thing entirely because they have expansive spawn. This is an issue because their toughness can make it rather difficult for them to spread in the grow bag. Also, Reishi commences fruiting earlier before it gets done with colonization. So in a way, harvesting might be somewhat difficult.

Cooking: Cooking is not an option for Reishi mushrooms, because you don’t want to stand its bitterness and extreme woodiness. So no one would like to even try to cook with Reishi. It's much better when used for its medicinal purpose when drunk in tea. The process of making medicinal tea from Reishi involves extracting the tea from the mushrooms by boiling the mushrooms for about 30 minutes or thereabouts. If you're using a dried mushroom, that means you’ll boil it for longer hours, about 2 hours. Don’t forget that the tea is bitter! You can also store the tea in the fridge for days after preparation.


Spawn Run:

Grain spawn should be incubated at room temperature for 2 weeks. Make certain to break the spawn up, then inoculate the substrate once the colonization is completed.

Initiate Pinning:

Reduce the temperature to about 18°C and humidity of the room should be increased to 95%. With these conditions in place, Reishi will start to fruit normally in the grow bag.

Fruit Development:

After antlers have reached your desired size, cut it off from the top and introduce it to a grow room. Humidity should be in the range of 85-90%. It will normally take like 30 days for them to develop into full-grown conks.

Try growing this strain at home!

Reishi is that type of mushroom you can perfectly grow in the house because of its unique features; great colonizer and high resistance to contamination. They are also fun to see growth because of the unique formations they exhibit. Another wonderful thing about this strain of mushrooms is that you can grow them with little or no hitch. With just a grow bag, you are good to carry on. You can also use a dehydrator to remove unnecessary moisture from your mushrooms before you store them for future use. With this provided information, I think you’re much ready to start cultivating your own Reishi mushrooms at home. Begin the adventure today!

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