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Lions mane and reishi are incredibly popular and powerful medicine. They prevent diseases, lions mane enhances memory, brain function and prevents cognitive fatigue and even altshrimers!
Lions mane in growing boxes, harder on logs…
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Want a abundant supply of a superfood mushrooms that tastes like a lobster and heal like the best brain nootropics? You may want to consider growing Lion’s Mane mushroom. It is a versatile mushroom that you can add to many dishes. However, we need to know the little hacks and mediums to grow it. In this guide, we will show you the easier way to growing Lion’s Mane mushroom.
Health benefits. Lion’s Mane mushrooms also have medicinal benefits. In traditional Chinese medicine, they are commonly used for stomach problems and issues in the digestive organs. There are also various researches suggesting that they have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. They also support the immune system.
Other medicinal and health benefits of Lion’s Mane mushroom include:
- Helping fight certain types of cancer
- Possible treatment for dementia, Alzheimer’s and other neurological conditions(Source)
Keys and Steps to grow Mushrooms
1. Best Materials in Growing Lion’s Mane Mushroom
- Lion’s Mane spawn
- Wheat bran
- Substrate (options include > BEST hardwood,
- straw, or another substrate rich in cellulose)
- Big bucket, box,
- Drilling holes in the box or bucket
- Substrate needs to be sterilized
- Getting the innoculated growing medium in. Or spores/syringes…
- Spray twice a day / keep it moist
THE FRUITING BLOCK: GROWING GOURMET MUSHROOM ON SAWDUST
Many types of mushrooms , specifically oysters, will do great and fruit heavily on straw logs as was explained in this post.
However, most gourmet mushrooms will actually do way better if grown on hardwood sawdust supplemented with some sort of nitrogen rich supplement.
Growing gourmet mushrooms on sawdust blocks will require a little bit more initial work than straw logs, and more equipment- mainly because sawdust blocks need to be pressure sterilized- unlike straw logs which need only to be pasteurized.
However, the process is quick, less mess, has lower chances of contamination, and provides a perfect medium for the mushrooms to grow large healthy fruits.
The basic recipe we use to grow all our gourmet mushrooms uses hardwood sawdust pellets, wheat bran, and water. Hardwood pellets are used because they are readily available at local retail stores or online, and store easily.
Make sure to get hardwood pellets and not softwood pellets. Mushrooms do not grow well at all on softwood.
The pellets are small and only expand when soaked in water. Wheat bran is used as the nitrogen rich supplement. It can be found in small quantities at your local grocer, but can be quite expensive.
A better option is to buy some from a feed or farm store. Oat bran can also be used, but we have found wheat bran to be the most effective. As for water, the trick is to add just the right amount to get a proper moisture content.
You don’t want your block to be too wet or too dry. The following recipe works great for use, but you may have to adjust it slightly to suit the specific moisture content of you pellets.
In a few weeks, you should see Lion’s Mane mushrooms growing through the holes. Make sure to harvest the mushrooms before they start turning pink.
When harvesting, cut the “snowball” close to the bag using a sharp knife. Be careful not to damage the spine. It is said that this mushroom will store longer in the fridge when handled properly. Subsequent flushes will occur. The fruits will normally develop at the sites of previous fruits.
Tips and Tricks in Growing Lion’s Mane Mushroom
- Where Lion’s Mane grows best
Lion’s Mane mushrooms grow best on a supplemented hardwood substrate. With this, you can add wheat bran and 10 to 20% as a supplement.
- Holes in the jar/bag
More holes in the jar cover or plastic bag will result in more smaller fruit. Fewer holes normally result to fewer but larger snowballs.
- Light quality
Light quality is vital to growing Lion’s Mane mushrooms. The best option is natural light from the sun. You can put your growing mushrooms near a bright window with indirect exposure to the sun. As an alternative, you could also use florescent or LED lights. The brighter the light, the better.
Freshly harvested Lion’s Mane mushrooms can be stored in a fridge at (+4 °C). They normally stay fresh from 2 to 3 days. For extended storage time, you could use deep freezing, drying, or jarring techniques.
When drying, slice the mushrooms by 5 mm and lay them in a dry and ventilated place. You could use hot air-dryers but make sure not to go over 40 °C. When you go over that temperature, some of the valuable nutritional value may be lost. For deep freezing, it is also recommended to slice the mushroom.
- According to mycologists
According to mycologists, Lion’s Mane is among the mushrooms that are difficult to grow outdoors. Using the stump or log method, it could take years to grow Lion’s Mane outdoors.
Growing Lion’s Mane mushroom in your home is possible using the five easy-to-follow steps we have listed above. During the growing process, it is important to use the right substrate. Humidity and proper lighting are also vital to get more harvest. Growing Lion’s Mane mushrooms is all worth it as they offer numerous benefits.
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