Where Do Lion’s Mane Mushrooms Grow?

Where Do Lion's Mane Mushrooms Grow?

Lions mane mushrooms favor dead hardwoods for their natural habitat. Oak, walnut, beech, maple, and sycamore trees are all perfect candidates for this mushroom.

Lions Mane (Hericium species) is prevalent during the late summer and autumn months in forests of Europe, North America, and Asia. In this article, we explain lions manes natural habitat, where it may grow, what kind of wood it prefers, how to create your own habitat for lions mane mushrooms, and where to find it in the wild.

What Wood Does Lion’s Mane Mushroom Grow On?

Lions Mane (Hericium species) grows exclusively in hardwoods. For instance, lions 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.

Where Do Lion’s Mane Mushrooms Grow?

Lions Mane Mushrooms (Hericium species) are found throughout North America and Canada growing on dead logs during the late summer and autumn. Other places where Lions Mane mushrooms may be found are the abrasions on dying or dead trees. It is usually found in hardwoods all the time. Lions manes are easily identified by the cascading white spines and by its natural attraction to hardwoods. You will also find them growing all together in one single cluster.

Keep in mind that some inedible mushrooms can sometimes look like the head of a lion. Always talk to a professional if you are not sure.

Can You Replicate a Lion’s Mane Mushroom Habitat?

To raise lions mane at the homestead, 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 Manes 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 lions 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 lions mane growth. The lions mane mushrooms should start popping out of the holes in the bag.

In conclusion, the lions mane mushrooms are native to hardwood forests. Typically, it is found on walnuts, beech, maple, birch, and black walnut. You will usually find these growing on dead wood from the end of the summer or autumn season in North America or Canada.

This fungus can also grow on wounds on dead or dying trees. You can create a synthetic habitat for Lions Mane Mushrooms by growing the culture in agar to produce the spores, adding this in the block with fruit, and keeping it moist, with air and water, helping it to grow. However, if you would like to locate them in the wild, your best option is looking for their white spines growing on dead logs across North America and Canada.

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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