If you purchased a shiitake log from us this winter, you were given two options:
One was to place the log outside and allow it to be covered with snow so that moisture would be maintained. This would have made the mycelium go dormant until the spring time and could push production back a bit depending on a few factors.
Two was to place the log, loosely wrapped, in a plastic bag in your garage or basement. If you chose to do this, the log would have continued colonization and should yield mushrooms in the spring.
Whichever option you chose, it’s now time to ready your logs outside in the area you plan on keeping them. They should be placed in a partially shaded area that will receive as much natural rainfall as possible.
*These logs will fruit when the temperatures are consistently in the 55°F to 75°F range*
You do not need to do anything else to cause them to fruit. The logs will fruit on their own when they are ready, starting as tiny buttons growing dramatically over the course of a week or so.
Once the logs have naturally fruited on their own, you have the option to force fruit your logs to yield extra mushrooms. This may be done by soaking your log for 16 to 20 hours in cold water outside, one month after the first harvest. You simply soak it and put it back in its resting place and wait for more mushrooms. If you soak it for too long you run the risk of killing the fungi. So be sure to watch your soaking time. If you choose not to soak, you should naturally get two fruitings - one in the spring and one in the fall. As winter approaches, you need not do anything to the log. Leave it in its resting place so that the snow pack can cover it, keeping it moist and insulated in the dormant season.
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