- Organic Wine Cap Mushroom Sawdust Spawn
Organic Wine Cap Mushroom Sawdust Spawn
|Spawn shelf life||6 months (refrigerated)|
|Bag weight||5.5 lbs|
Also known as the "Garden Giant," Wine Cap (Stropharia rugoso-annulata) is a delicious mushroom with a mild, earthy flavor reminiscent of artichokes and potatoes. It's an ideal mushroom for beginners as it colonizes quickly and yields reliable flushes.
Wine Cap can fruit in as little as two months and will produce in the same bed for several years. Fresh woody material (like hardwood chips) can be added each year to maintain the health of the bed. Inoculated material from one bed can also be used as spawn to inoculate new beds!
- Wine cap sawdust spawn is only recommended for use in outdoor beds or top-fruiting containers.
- This is not a mushroom grow kit. Wine cap sawdust spawn must be combined with a substrate (like wood chips) in order to fruit.
- Please note: Wine cap does not grow on logs.
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.
Click here to download our pamphlet on outdoor bed cultivation using sawdust spawn. Be sure to use clean, untreated products when making outdoor beds.
Wine Cap is a vigorous mushroom that grows naturally on outdoor beds of woody debris. It grows best on straw (not hay), hardwood chips or sawdust. Hardwood recommendations are soft maple, poplar, box elder, and magnolia. They can tolerate a mixture that includes some softwoods - generally no more than 25%. You can also mix different woody materials.
Wine Cap seems to do better if the beds have a variety of particle sizes, such as a mix of both sawdust and wood chips. Avoid branches or other very large pieces of wood as these take longer to colonize and can create too much air space in the bed. Freshly cut wood is preferred, though Wine Cap can also grow well on more aged materials. Many folks are having success with the chip mixes coming from roadside crews pruning under power lines -- and it's a free resource!
Wine Cap does best in partial shade but can tolerate some direct sun. Ideal locations would be at the edge of fields and woods, around the base of trees, in perennial gardens, or as part of the mulch in vegetable gardens, where annual veggies will provide some shade. Once established, Wine Cap beds require little maintenance. During dry periods, the bed can be watered but do not over-water, as excessive watering can suffocate the mycelium.
- In a suitable location, remove any leaves, etc., down to either bare ground or plain grass. No need to dig a trench, but the bed should be in contact with the soil. One bag of sawdust spawn is enough to inoculate approximately 16 square feet.
- Spread mixed woody material over the soil, about 1'' deep.
- Break up the Wine Cap sawdust spawn and evenly sprinkle the spawn on top of the layer of woody debris.
- Add a second layer of woody debris about 2-3'' thick.
- Thoroughly water the bed.
If you don't plan to use immediately, refrigerate your Wine Cap sawdust spawn. Use within 6 months of receipt.
Wine Cap mushrooms are best when braised, grilled, or sauteed. When young, Wine Cap mushrooms can be eaten with the stem and offer a tender yet crunchy texture when lightly cooked in oil. They can also be sliced and mixed into meat sauces or risotto, roasted or braised along with other fall vegetables and served with meat, fowl or fish, added to soups, or stuffed and baked. If using the larger, more mature mushrooms, it is recommended to remove the stems as they become stringy and to slice or chop the cap to ensure even cooking. Wine Cap mushrooms pair well with lemon juice, wine, ramps, nutmeg, fennel, polenta, pasta, quinoa, and rice.
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.
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Everything seems to be going fine. I "planted" the spawn about a month ago. Mycellium is growing nicely throughout the planting area. I hope to start seeing fruit in about another month.
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Wine caps for the win
Smells like a lovely sweet wine when spreading the spawn. When I got an overdelivery of mulch from chipdrop it helped make my problem a solution for mushroom growing:) customer service really helpful and swift answering questions. Will buy again!
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Great experience, consistently
North spore is my trusted source for all things mushroom. I have purchased from other brands in the past but nothing compares to them. Plus, there customer service indicates they actually really care about them.
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Excellent. Spawn placed I. Prepared bed per instructions. Had mushrooms the same year and they were delicious!
We're so glad everything is working out for you, Richard! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience!
Wine Caps are so easy!
I found this spawn so easy to work with! I created 3 outdoor beds with hardwood chips and straw, wine caps popped in the fall after being 'planted' in June. They are delicious and rapidly regenerate. We are in NH. Hopefully a great season next spring as well!
Thanks so much for sharing, Krystal! We're so glad the Wine Caps worked out. Our team is here if you need anything!
Tip My Hat to the Garden Giant
The Sawdust Spawn was great and produced a beautiful first flush. Drought was a big issue in N. Virginia in the summer of 2023 but I just kept watering my little mushroom bed. When we finally got a drop in temp accompanied by a nice farmer's rain, POW, up they came. Thanks North Spore!
Great pics, John! We’re so happy you’re enjoying the experience!
Ordered wine cap mushroom spawn in July. It arrived promptly and we inoculated fresh hardwood wood chips in a mostly-shaded location. Three months later, middle of October, we had a heavy rainfall amidst cool fall temps. First flush! Harvested enough mushrooms for a main dish meal for two and filled the dehydrator! Yield was ~3 pints of dried pieces in addition to the excellent dinner. Super fun, super delish, super shroomy! Hoping for another heavy rain before the winter weather sets in. Thanks, North Spore!
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Wine Caps Galore!
SO - satisfying. Made the lasagna bed of hardwood chips and spawn, was able to water it once a week. Had armfuls of beautiful mushrooms. I will pay attention to pick them smaller next time, so there were be fewer bug holes. Even freezing more of them, when needing to pick them all at once. Am looking forward to a planting a new bed next year on fresh maple chips. North Spore folk have been the best about communication and email help!
Thanks for sharing, Anne! We're so happy you're enjoying the experience. Please reach out if you ever need anything.
I had great time with these.
I bought chestnut, wine cap and golden oyster mushroom spawn. All three produced in a bed I created. I am hoping it stuck and they come back next yr. The yr before, I grew blue oyster mushrooms in a laundry basket and that was a great success. Very easy.
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