Cj Verde wrote:How do people deal with frost? Does it effect shiitakes at all? I've got a handful of logs that are fruiting & I wonder if I need to protect them at all. I think it's unlikely to actually get to 32 where the shiitakes are by a stream, but it'd be good info to know.
Light frosts are not a concern to shiitake mushrooms. This time of year
just slows down the periods between forcing and harvest time...mushrooms
just hang on the logs for a few weeks as they develop slowly. This is a
time of year we make use of fruiting blankets, tarps and ag cloth to try to
keep cool temps. This afternoon we threw fruiting blankets over developing
pins and clear plastic tarps over mushrooms closer to being develop to keep
them a wee bit warmer as our temps will dip into the upper 30's tonight.
Last year we were able to continue forcing cycles well into October with
favorable temperatures...but this year we may quit earlier as the temps seem
unseasonably cool. We will continue small forcings of 50 logs each week to
have some shiitake...s but it becomes harder to manage logs when the temps
are so cool.
Cj Verde wrote:Grown inside? I thought they needed light or the stems would be too fat. They don't look fat in the pic.
Judith Browning wrote:I just got to wondering what's wrong with fat stems?
Cee Ray wrote:Dale,
Shiitake has the least aggressive mycelium of pretty much all edible mushrooms, the conditions need to be right for success. Shiitakes come from clone, they barely have the ability to make viable spores.
Judith Browning wrote:...the logs were hardly holding together they were so far gone, I am surprised at them producing anything at all.
Moving them probably reactivated them. That's why people say to hit them with a mallet after shocking - to wake them up.
Judith Browning wrote:We are just starting to get some handfuls of shiitakes off of logs we plugged a year ago March with a cold weather strain called 'bellwether'....fortunately we are having a cool really wet spring and they are pinning nicely. The wide range strain, 'west wind' that we plugged at the same time as the bellwether are not showing any signs of pinning yet. It is different every year. depending on the weather....usually the west winds have produced by now....
I thought more shiitake growers might want to share pictures as their logs produce.
Here's to some great eating!