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I reviewed this product a month or so after I received it, but I had an update now, maybe 3 months later. I just wanted to vouch for the resilience of the shiitake spawn. I inoculated logs and all logs have actively growing mycelium. I had a little extra spawn, and I just drilled it into the stump of the tree I cut the logs from. I then forgot to visit it. I didn’t even bother to put wax on the holes and I ignored it for a few months. There is even spreading mycelium through that stump! I included a photo of the logs from several weeks ago and a photo of the stump from last week. I did this as a way to use up the small amount of spawn I had left that wasn’t enough for a full log. I would suggest anyone making logs do this to make good use of your stumps. I could also see this stump treatment as an alternative to digging/stump grinding during tree removal or could be something done in a small home firewood lot as a value-added use of the land. Such a successful colonization experiment so far!
The Shiitake spawn is great, easy to use with the inoculation tool and allows you to inoculate a lot of logs. I've ordered spawn for a few years now and am always impressed. Love the abundance of information and education North Spore offers.
The great company putting out wonderful products. I can't thank you, folks, enough. I will be traveling to Maine sometime this fall or early next spring, where I hope to stop and visit you, folks. My friend living in Weld, Maine, turned me onto your operations, and I need to thank my friend Craig as well. Bob Billings
I bought a lot of mushroom spawn this spring-the first I used was the shiitake. The day after, i got very worried and had close to a page of questions as I was secondary guessing myself. The North Spore team got back to me quickly, thoughtfully, and directly-no generic “check out this faq!” response. The next weekend, I went to tackle more of my log projects. There was about a cup of shiitake spawn left I hadn’t used/taken care of (i had enough in my bag to do 14 large, well-inoculated logs (even excessively inoculated). Anyway, even out in the open, after one week, the forgotten spawn turned into a white hard brick of mycelium! I used that on the stump I cut the wood from just for fun-no harvest yet of course but this mycelium is vigorous even with neglect in the open air!