An experiment! It occurred to me that you could incubate shiitake (i.e., let it colonize) in this container, then slip the block out when it’s time for it to harden off and start producing. I haven’t tried this entire process yet but I have a test going in the kitchen as I write this. I mistakenly used twice as much grain spawn as I meant to, and didn’t adjust the amount of sawdust pellets to compensate, so the mixture swelled up and pressed outward on the whole container. I can’t tell if these are “popcorning” yet – meaning when they form the bumps that later become mushrooms – but I think they might just be starting, even though it hasn’t been a full month since I started them (it usually takes more like 6 weeks to get to this point, if not longer). The surface of the mycelium is starting to brown around some of the lumps, which is a further indication that it is changing.
I have a small number of these available, but will start more shortly. If you know how to grow shiitake on sawdust blocks, you might want to try these. Instead of tearing the block out of a poly grow bag you can just invert these and let the block slide out – although it might take a little massaging to get it to move, as these are pretty tight. Then I envision standing the inverted block, or cone, in a dish exposed to light and humid air. If you don’t know how to do this with shiitake, wait until I get some detailed instructions prepared based on how this initial trial goes.
Since this is a beta-test release of the product, you will help me out by trying it, so if you send me a picture and/or description of how it worked – for better or for worse, I’ll send you a coupon for a steep discount on your next purchase!
- Weight: 1.5 lb
- Width: 4.5 in
- Depth: 4.5 in
- Height: 5.5 in