How to Grow Shittake Mushrooms

Overview

Shittake mushrooms are highly praised by many people such as chefs and pharmaceutical professionals for their medicinal value and the deep, woodsy taste they add to any dish they are present in. Shittake mushrooms naturally grow in an environment that is dark, moist and undisturbed, such as a damp-wooded forest. Although growing shittake mushrooms at home can be a little tricky and sometimes difficult, they can be grown on hardwood logs with a few materials and a little time and patience.

Step 1

Collect enough white oak logs to act as growing locations for your shittake mushrooms to grow. Generally one to two logs will suffice. The logs should measure approximately 24 to 48 inches in length and 14 to 16 inches in diameter.

Step 2

Purchase shittake mushroom spores from an online retailer or a mail order company.

Step 3

Prepare the logs for mushroom growing by drilling holes in a diamond-shaped pattern. Use a power drill and a 5/16 inch drill bit to create the holes. Create as many holes as needed; each hole will house one mushroom spore.

Step 4

Place one shittake mushroom spore into each drilled hole. Gently tap the spores into the holes using a soft, rubber mallet.

Step 5

Melt bees wax, using a microwave or on the stove top, to a liquid consistency. Use a craft brush to cover each hole containing the mushroom spore, with the melted bees wax. The wax will keep out insects and keep out excess amounts of water.

Step 6

Place the logs prepared with the mushrooms spores underneath trees in a heavily shaded area. Spray the logs with water to completely soak them and the surrounding area. Dampness is key in successfully growing shittake mushrooms. Frequently spraying the logs will be required to keep the growing area constantly damp.

Step 7

Harvest the mushrooms twice per year, during the spring and fall seasons. Generally the logs will produce mushroom for 4 to 5 years, depending on how well the logs and growing environment are maintained.

Things You'll Need

  • White oak logs
  • Shittake mushroom spores
  • Power drill
  • 5/16 inch drill bit
  • Rubber mallet
  • Bees wax
  • Craft brush
  • Water

References

  • Groovy Green: How To Grow Shitake Mushrooms
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About this Author

Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.