Organic Blue Oyster Mushroom Sawdust Spawn
|Spawn shelf life||6 months (refrigerated)|
|Bag weight||5.5 lbs|
|Incubation - beds||2-4 months|
|Incubation - logs||6-12 months|
Blue Oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus) is a fast substrate colonizer with a strong bluish-gray hue. It produces richly umami mushrooms with a soft, meaty texture that pairs well with most dishes. Oyster mushrooms are great for beginners because they colonize quickly and are reliable producers. As our most productive oyster strain, they are reliable, cold-tolerant, and fruit prolifically in early spring or late fall. They are also ideal for commercial cultivation, especially when grown on straw.
- Blue oyster sawdust spawn can be used for log projects and/or outdoor beds, containers, and buckets.
- Sawdust spawn is ideal for larger log projects of 10 or more logs.
- This is not a mushroom grow kit. Blue oyster sawdust spawn must combined with a substrate (like straw) or used in log inoculation in order to fruit.
Upon receiving your spawn:
Remove it from the shipping box as soon as possible. Then, unfold the top of the bag, making room for air space. It's also important to check and confirm that the filter patch is not obstructed. This will help the organism breathe and continue to thrive!
Scroll down for cultivation, inoculation, and storage guides.
Blue oyster mushrooms work well with the log, stump, and totem methods. Colonization is fast and may start producing in 4-12 months, though fruiting is dependent on environmental triggers. They fruit best in the spring and fall and prefer softer hardwoods such as poplar and aspen. They will also work on maple.
Click here to download our pamphlet on outdoor bed cultivation using sawdust spawn.
Click here to learn how to grow in buckets and containers.
If you don't plan to use your blue oyster sawdust spawn immediately, you can refrigerate it for up to 6 months.
Blue oyster mushrooms can easily replace button mushrooms in most recipes and pair well with many cuisines and flavors. Like all oyster mushrooms, they retain water and may develop a viscous texture when under-cooked. If you prefer a firm or dryer texture, continue to cook Oysters until their liquid has reduced and cooked off and they begin to brown.
All our spawn is made using organic cultures from our own culture bank. Our sawdust spawn is handmade from a blend of locally sourced, all-natural, organic, and non-GMO woods and supplements from farms and forests in New England and North America.
If you’re going to consume home-grown mushrooms, make sure to cook your fresh mushrooms thoroughly with heat. If it is your first time eating this species, it is best to start with a small amount to check for allergies, even if cooked.