Ludger Merkens wrote:Hi Dan Long,
have a look at mycelium running by paul stamets. Following of page 210 he has "The Cast of Species" where your questions are answered.
Natural Habitat: Growing along roads, in lawns along borders to woods, and in anhthills
Type of Rot: White
Natural Method of Cultivation: [...] on 2 inches of gras clippings [...]
but he goes into much more detail, so have fun reading.
M.K. Dorje Jr. wrote:Dan, your questions show an insatiable curiosity about growing mushrooms- that's a good thing to have! I have some experience with some of the species you mentioned. P=primary, S=secondary, B=both.
Shaggy Mane: This species is featured heavily in all three cultivation books by Paul Stamets. He suggests cow or horse manure compost, or beds of hardwood sawdust/chips. "Newly laid or fertilized lawns that are frequently watered are perfect habitats..." However, I've never had any success with growing Shaggy Manes from spawn purchased from Fungi Perfecti. However, I've had some success adding Doug-fir sawdust to a pre-existing patch in a gravelly area near my barn. This species seems to like limestone gravel and soils rich in calcium. Mushroom Adventures (mushroomadventures.com) sells kits with manure compost in boxes that can be grown inside your house. Check out their photo gallery. Fungiforthepeople.org also sells outdoor spawn for this one in the springtime. B
Shaggy Parasol: I've had some success growing this one from dumping spore emulsion around fruit trees in an orchard mulched with horse manure/compost. This one likes soils rich in calcium and nitrogen. The "newly laid lawn habitat" would also be ideal for a project for this one, too. S
Prince: This one can be grown on leached cow manure compost with lime. I'm trying to grow it right now with this same method I use to grow Almond Agaricus. I've also noticed this ones loves limestone gravel areas. Check out mushroomadventures.com or fungiforthepeople.org for more info. B
Angel Wings: Although this species is listed as edible in all the older books, several people have died recently from eating this species in Japan. I used to eat it, but I don't anymore! It's not worth the risk. This link has info about the deaths in Japan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleurocybella_porrigens
Fairy Ring: This one seems to like well-watered lawns around extremely well-rotted remnants of tree stumps. I've never heard of anyone growing it, although I'd like to find out how! S
Blewit: According to Field and Forest, this species "seems to have a preference for hardwood and pine needle/pine chip duff mixed with organic matter... making it an ideal candidate for seeding into piles of chips, sticks and leaves". Field and Forest sell spawn for this one, although I bet you could transfer mycelium from a wild patch to a fresh slash pile and start your own patch for free. B?
The shroomery.org website has a section for gourmet mushroom cultivation, it's worth checking out. Hope this info helps!
John Elliott wrote:If you want shaggy manes, I would suggest befriending someone with a horse pasture. The only place I have ever been able to collect them is in or near horse pastures.