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                                  Young garden giants we grew

                                  Young garden giants we grew

                  Garden giants bleached by sun that we grew

                  Garden giants bleached by sun that we grew

DISCLAIMER:

If any mushrooms grow out of your woodchip spawn that DO NOT resemble the pictures above (Stropharia rugoso-annulata), please exercise caution and do not eat them until you have positive identification (full description below).

We use natural, non-sterile growing conditions to propagate our mycelium, not an isolated lab environment. Therefore, other spores may be present that can grow alongside the stropharia although the stropharia are agressive and usually dominate other mushrooms. 

Description:

Ecology: Saprobic, growing scattered or gregariously (sometimes in clusters) on woodchips, in gardens, and in other cultivated areas; spring through fall; widely distributed in North America.

Cap: 4-15 cm; convex or broadly bell-shaped at first, becoming broadly convex to flat; sticky when fresh, or dry; smooth; wine red to reddish brown, fading to tan or paler; sometimes developing cracks in old age; the margin sometimes hung with partial veil remnants.

Gills: Attached to the stem; whitish to pale gray at first, later purplish gray to purple-black; close.

Stem: 7-15 cm long; 1-3 cm thick; dry; equal, or with an enlarged base; smooth or fibrous; white, discoloring yellowish to brownish in age; with a thick ring that is finely grooved on its upper surface (and often blackened by spores) and radially split or "cogwheeled" on its underside; base with white mycelial threads.

Flesh: Substantial and white throughout; firm. from mushroomexpert.com

Odor and Taste: Pleasant.

Spore Print: Dark purple-brown to blackish.

Chemical Reactions: KOH on cap surface olive green.

Microscopic Features: Spores 10-14 x 6-9 µ; smooth; broadly elliptical. Chrysocystidia present.

NOTE:  It is recommended that all edible mushrooms be thoroughly cooked before eating.

Important for growing:

·      These mushrooms love heat. Plant in full sun.

.      Mushrooms do not like Chlorine or Chloramine. If you're watering spawn with chloraminated water, that's likely to destroy some of the mycellium,  you can neutralize the chloramine by mixing 1 teaspoon of humic acid per 100 gallons of tap water, according to one company that makes compost-tea brewers. paraphrased for mushrooms from: http://blog.pennlive.com/gardening/2007/12/chloraminetreated_water_in_the.html

·      Plant in small clumps (not scattered as most books recommend) on cardboard with mounds of wood chips between clumps. Start with small area and increase as spawn develops. Optional: Add whole wood under cardboard for longer fruiting.

·      Add some nitrogen fixing plants like crimson clover.

·      Add soil and other plants to create an ecosystem. They support each other.

·      Cover with mulch if chance of freezing.

·      Grow where you frequent, as mushrooms bloom and die quickly.