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Oyster mushrooms

 
Bonnie Eveland
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I have Oyster mushrooms naturalized on my property. I know they are quite competitive. What can I do to allow them to proliferate, yet be able to propagate other species?
 
Nathan Wrzesinski
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Grow the other species in bags first. Once you have harvested the bags, soak them in compost tea then break them into spawn chunks and bury them mixed in wood shavings (not Cedar or Juniper shavings).

Oyster is very aggressive, it will even stun and digest nematode worms. Your other species needs a healthy running start if you already have established oyster mycelium.

Use the same media in your bag as you are going to be spawning to outside. Mushrooms can turn on/off dna code to grow better in their environment. if you spawn to the same substrate, it will already know what to do.

Feed your oyster colony wood chips, coffee grounds, and dead leaves.

Happy Hunting!
 
Peter McCoy
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I would also add that you can inoculate wood chip beds and logs fresh. just use a lot of spawn and follow the best management practices to ensure that the fungi you introduce get a good foot hold.

Cheers
Peter
 
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