Where Do Lion’s Mane Mushrooms Grow?

Where Do Lion's Mane Mushrooms Grow?

So Where Do Lion’s Mane Mushrooms Grow?

Lion’s Mane (Hericium species) is prevalent during the late summer and autumn months in forests of Europe, North America, and Asia. growing on dead logs or dead hardwoods for their natural habitat. Oak, walnut, beech, maple, and sycamore trees are all perfect candidates for this mushroom during the late summer and autumn. Other places where lion’s mane may be found are the abrasions on dying or dead trees. Lion’s mane are easily identified by the cascading white spines that almost look like tentacles. You will also find them growing all together in one single cluster.

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What Wood Does Lion’s Mane Mushroom Grow On?

Lion’s mane (Hericium species) grows exclusively in hardwoods. For instance, lion’s mane mushrooms may grow well on oak, maple, birch, and black walnut. If you are looking to produce these mushrooms in a smaller size, poplar, oak and willow hardwood logs are also good options. In the wild, you are most likely to find this fungus on rotting trees across North America and Canada.

Can You Replicate a Lion’s Mane Mushrooms Habitat?

To grow lion’s mane, you will have to begin by starting the culture in agar, then making the granules yourself. Grow a culture in agar to produce the grain spawn, add to the mass medium, and harvest. Alternatively, you can also grow lion’s mane off of liquid cultures, though you should still aim for the liquid cultures to be placed on agar to store long-term and reuse. From there, you will have to extract lion’s mane culture and add it to the growing medium. Hardwood shavings with char seems to be best, and this is known as the spawning unit.

Put a fruiting block into a baggie, place a few Xs in the sides of the baggie, then place the block side by side on a dish. Mist the inside of the bag a couple times per day with a spray bottle, and be sure to let plenty of cool air flow around it, which will encourage lion’s mane growth. The lion’s mane mushrooms should start popping out of the holes in the bag.

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Additional Resources:

When to harvest lion’s mane mushrooms

Lion’s mane and Chaga

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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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