Shiitake from a clone?

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  1. Tammy

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    A while back my son brought me home some shiitakes. Even though I've read that it is not advisable to grow it that way, I did put some on agar and it took of really nice, but the mycelium is so different than oysters! I then inoculated some popcorn with it and then to straw (maybe not the best substrate for it but again my spawn ratio were high) It's just more than a month now and it is bumpy all over, the straw is much darker than those of the oyster bags. But it's not nearly as brown as it should be...or should it be? The top just started to show some real browning. I guess I should wait a while longer? Even if I don't get any mushrooms from this, I'm doing it for the experience. I did manage to get some spores, but only 5 or 6 germinated...will see how far that goes...and what to do with them next...

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    neat experience to share tammy....

    googling around it seems that some shiitake can fruit nicely on straw... and pretty quick too...

    i saw a neat write up i wana try from some time ago where a guy cut up a hardwood dowel and inserted the pieces of it into pf cakes to grow shiitakes in that manner....

    im interested to see how your straw logs do...
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    Thank you @Down311 I will post more pictures later on.
    My only concern is mold. I'm not having a problem with it, but because shiitake takes longer and the straw was only pasteurized it is a possibility.
    But regardless, it's an interesting experiment. :)
     
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    I don't think they like to be handled...they started pinning! Even another one that's been inoculated 9 or 10 days after the one I've posted about. I'm going to open the browner bag tonight and see what will happen. I did not expected it to fruit anyway, so this is a big surprise!
     
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    I don't know how they are supposed to look, but there's a couple of baby shiitakes :)
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    Thank you :)
     
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    Well shiitake myc is pretty fast so it may work on straw too even though I have never seen it; maybe the yield will be lower but who cares!!! Usually, when grown in HWFP is is suggested to supplement at 5% only though.
     
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    I will remember that, thank you @Nichrome
    I'm just excited that something grew! Even if it is just a couple...I see it as part of the learning process, we never seem to stop learning, do we? :)
     
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    My babies are all grown up now! Maybe not the most beautiful, but I'm happy :)

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    Not bad for an experiment! I am very surprised to see it on straw too!

    Btw, how did you pasteurise/sterilise the straw?
     
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    Thank you @Nichrome. I think I was lucky :) My second bag's mushrooms are also ready to be picked, so I'm very pleased.
    It was only pasteurized the way I did it with oysters, at round about 60 degrees celsius. The spawn ratio was a bit higher but I've used popcorn.

    I wish I could take better pictures! :aweman:

    In any case, this was just before I picked them.

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    Just to let you know that so far this was a huge success...popcorn and straw surprised me here! Looks like I'm going to get a 3rd flush.

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    Those logs are neverending, got 2 enourmous shiitakes this time, almost no stems. I'm definately going to do it exactly the same way...oh, and still not a sign of mold!
     
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