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Too Hot for Stropharia?

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I have a 200 sq ft area on which I am planning to grow stropharia. I have a mountain of white oak wood chips in my driveway. The oak was cut down one month ago and I was told that one month aged chips is a good time to spread out inoculate with Stropharia.  However, here in the Philadelphia area we are in the midst of a heat wave with temperatures in the 90s predicted for the next 10 days at least....

So, I am wondering if I should wait until the temperatures drop a little before I spread and inoculate the chips, especially because  I will be out of town for five days  next week so I won’t be able to water every day.

I have read through many of the threads on this site and other sites looking for information about heat tolerance of mycelia, but most questions are about cold tolerance not heat tolerance.  Does anyone have any information about heat tolerance of spawn?

Thanks in advance.
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I think this may depend on the strain you got. I have three different strains, from three suppliers. I am most hopeful in late spawn inoculation in the spawn from Mushroom Mountain, which Thad (I think his name is) said would be fine as long as it is deep mulch and stays moist. I would inoculate ASAP as there will be competing mycelium quickly in this temperature.

Hope this helps.
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hau Sarah, have you done anything with the stropharia yet?  
If you are inoculating during a heat wave, try to make sure there are going to be at least 6 inches of chips on top of the layer of chips you place your spawn on, then wet from the top down.
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I would wait until the temp drops to 80 or so. 90 is too high and your mycelium might die by the time you get back. Anyway make sure you grow em in the shade.
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