I place it here because the Mushroom is the Fruiting Body of the fungus.
I have been off and on trying to grow gourmet mushrooms with little success. mostly due to my follow though. This time I am going to document as I go here for everyone to follow along.
The mushroom is the fruiting body. The fungus mostly lives out its life as a mass of often white filament root looking mass called mycelium. If you ever dumped out a bag of wood chips and seen white fuzz that’s a mushroom not mold. Before mycelium comes spores. Spores are more analogous to egg and sperm then they are to seeds. I am skipping that set buy using mycelium in a liquid culture ready to grow.
Step 1. Wild Bird Seed. Fungus grows on lots of medium. But quite often a nutritionally dense food source is used to expand 1ml of Liquid Culture to 2lb of Starter
Wild Bird Seed from PetSmart
I pressure cooked about 4 quarts of seed by volume with 10 quarts of water. I got a little scorched at the bottom but the seed looked good will try 12 quarts of water next time. I will admit I broke a rule by not removing the sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds are often removed because there hollow can protect unwanted spores from water so they do not germinate. A spore that does not germinate can not be killed by boiling. I am not too worried about this because I did not boil my seed I pressure cooked it @ 15PSI in a pressure canner, PSA regular pressure cookers only get to 11psi
Step 2. Bag the seed.
I transfer the seed into mushroom spawn bags. They are about .50c each on ebay Spawn Bag These bags where unnessisarilty big for this project but they can be reused if handled properly.
I used my food saver vacuum sealer to stich it close. the food saver seals the bags a little to long so I hit cancle at 10 seconds. The patch on the bag allow co2 to escape air to enter and prevents outside spores from getting into bag.
Step 3. sterilize
If I did everything correctly in a relatively clean environment my medium should be sterile already. But I don’t trust that. Any spores hiding in any sunflower seeds will have had moisture penetration and time to germinate. The bags are autoclave safe and 12 hours later they go back into the pressure cooker for second treatment @ 15psi.
Step 4. Inoculation.
I got my cultures on Ebay this time but there several popular web vendors. Fungi Perfecti, Everything Mushrooms, Out-Grow
Stropharia rugosoannulata (Wine Cap)
Morchella rufobrunnea (blushing Morel)
Morchella Importuna (Black Morel)
Pleurotus citrinopileatus (golden oyster)
Pleurotus pulmonarius (Phoenix Oyster)
Step 5. Spawn.
After the bags cool and the Liquid Culture LC warms up to room tempature I will inject 1-2cc depending on my ability to control the pressure and wait for the culture to colonize the bag.
Step 6. Home outside.
My goal for this spawn run it to establish a colony in my flower beds and under the apple and pear trees. The previous home owners had colored mulch over top weed fabric I removed the fabric and saved the mulch. I intend to add untreated uncolored hardwood chips and bury the spawn in it.
The Wine Caps should take to this easily. The morels are less reliable outdoor trans plants however I will try and try again.