Organic Lion's Mane Mushroom Plug Spawn
|Spawn shelf life||6 months (refrigerated)|
Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a nutritious medicinal mushroom that produces plump white clusters with icicle-like teeth. When cooked, it has a consistency and flavor similar to crab meat. Though slightly harder to get flushes than oysters or shiitake, they are still a great outdoor mushroom for intermediate growers. They colonize slowly but are relatively reliable producers.
Aside from being kiln dried, our wooden dowels are not treated in any other way.
Ideal project size:
Plug spawn is ideal for smaller projects of 1-10 logs, though some log cultivators will use them for larger projects.
That's not mold, it's mycelium!
Your kit includes plug spawn colonized with mushroom mycelium. It may appear covered with a soft, white, mold-like substance - that's the mushroom mycelium! It is completely normal. The mycelium of some species is more prominent than others.
Click here to download our pamphlet on growing mushrooms on logs, stumps, and totems.
Lion’s mane prefers the Totem Method, though it can work with Log or Stump methods. (Yields tend to be smaller with log or stump methods). Colonization is 12-24 months and fruits in the fall. Lion’s mane prefers maple but can grow on many hardwood species and on logs with large or small diameters.
For our complete plug spawn pamphlet, click here.
If you don't plan to use immediately, you can refrigerate your spawn for up to 6 months.
Its unique flavor and consistency make it ideal as a seafood substitute in recipes. We like to slice it into rounds and pan-fry it in olive oil or butter. We also recommend ripping it up and making vegan or vegetarian crab cakes with it. You can find some amazing recipes online!
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.
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Who knew it was this easy?? Not me.
Great plugs! Easy to follow instructions. If I can follow the instructions, anyone can. Seriously, give it a try!
Thanks so much, Cyndi! The team is here to help if you ever need anything.
Lions Mane Plug Spawn
Absolutely thrilled with the quality of the plug spawns! Tons of mycelial growth, indicating its vitality and health. It's clear that these are produced with great care and expertise. Thank you North Spore!
Thanks for the great review, Christopher! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience.
Lions mane plugs
I had a great experience with the team at North Spore. They helped me out in all aspects of my purchase and even replaced the plugs when there was a question of the expiration date of my first batch. They were so abliging on this matter that I felt they would be great if I purchased some Reishi plugs also. They have my business!
Thanks so much, Robbe! We really appreciate the kind review.
Can't Wait to Get Started
This will be my first time growing from plugs. I've grown one of the kits that you must daily and had success. The plugs arrived, nicely packaged. I had several large limbs torn from a maple tree a couple months ago. They are now cut into 4 foot sections. I'll be inserting the plugs on Saturday and probably growing these in my basement. I will try to update once they start producing.
Last year we inoculated logs with oyster plugs and made a bed for wine cap mushrooms. We are hoping to start the harvest this year! We have too many elm trees on property, and decided to try our hand at Lion’s mane down this time. The logs will be ready to plug this weekend!! We are very pleased with north spore. The spawn has always arrived looking healthy and ready to grow! They send alerts to let customers know when the package will arrive so it can be safe from the weather. We’ll keep you posted on our growing mushroom farm!
Happy to try
Happy to try out the new drill bit I bought from North Spore previously on my new batch of lions mane. Inoculated aspen logs with plugs and will eagerly await the tree to grow a beard. My first attempt at logs and information from North Spore is first rate.