How Do You Grow Turkey Tail Mushroom Plugs?

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Turkey tail mushrooms, also known as Trametes versicolor, are a type of mushroom that are widely used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine. They have been shown to have a range of health benefits, including boosting the immune system, fighting cancer, and reducing inflammation. But how do you grow turkey tail mushroom plugs?

If you’re interested in growing your own turkey tail mushrooms, it’s important to start with plug spawn. Plug spawn is simply mushroom mycelium that has been grown on small wooden dowels or plugs. You can find plug spawn online or at some specialty gardening stores.

To start, drill about 20 holes into your log or piece of wood. Each hole should be about an inch deep. Next, take your plug spawn and insert it into the holes. Once all of the plugs are in place, hammer them in so that they’re snug.

Now, it’s time to wait. The mushroom mycelium will need to colonize the log or piece of wood before it can produce mushrooms. This process can take several months, so be patient!

Once the mycelium has colonized the log or piece of wood, you’ll start to see mushrooms growing. Harvest them when they’re young and fresh for the best flavor. Enjoy!

But How do you grow Turkey Tail mushroom spores?

Mushroom spores are the reproductive cells of mushrooms. They can be used to grow new mushrooms or to inoculate other substrates, like logs or pieces of wood, with mushroom mycelium.

To grow your own turkey tail mushrooms using spores, you’ll need:

  • A spore syringe
  • A sterile container
  • A log or piece of wood that has been cut from a living tree
  • A drill
  • A hammer
  • A saw

To start, drill about 20 holes into your log or piece of wood. Each hole should be about an inch deep. Next, take your spore syringe and insert it into the holes. Once all of the spores are in place, hammer them in so that they’re snug.

Now, it’s time to wait. The mushroom mycelium will need to colonize the log or piece of wood before it can produce mushrooms. This process can take several months, so be patient!

Once the mycelium has colonized the log or piece of wood, you’ll start to see mushrooms growing. Harvest them when they’re young and fresh for the best flavor. Enjoy!

About the author

Bruce Wilson

I've studied Mycology and Forest Pathology and love creating content to help other learn more about my passion. Follow along as I continue to explore the amazing world of functional fungi!

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