Growing Hericium erinaceus (Lions Mane) Mushrooms Lions Mane mushrooms may also be referenced as bearded toothed mushrooms, bearded hedgehog mushrooms, or even pom pom mushrooms.+ These toothed fungi are certainly eye-catching, but they’re just as awesome (if not more) on the inside. As a choice edible and highly praised medicinal supplement, the Lions Mane mushroom sweeps across the board, catching much-deserved attention along the way. This mushroom is worth getting your hands on. It’s a relatively low maintenance type of species, only asking for some decent humidity and steady fresh air exchanges to produce happily, making it a solid starter for at-home hobbyist. Typically grown in artificial logs, or fully colonized bags comprised of (sometimes enriched) hardwood sawdust - Lions Mane can also be used to inoculate hardwood logs outdoors using colonized plug spawn or sawdust spawn. Habitat & Range Lions Mane mushrooms are a native species to
Growing the Lung/Phoenix Oyster Mushroom This hearty oyster mushroom is often confused with another species of oyster, Pleurotus ostreatus. However, Pleurotus pulmonaris (also known as the Lung Oyster, Phoenix Mushroom, Indian Oyster, or Italian Oyster, respectively) has a few characteristics of its own that a keen eye and spore print can easily distinguish. Habitat & Range The Lung Oyster can be found growing prolifically in several subtropical forests and temperate regions of the globe, however, it does not appear on the Pacific Northwest coast of the U.S. ++ This saprotrophic fungi is a primary woodland decomposer and is readily found on hardwood deciduous trees. Found widely across the U.S., the Lung Oyster pops up in shelf-like clusters among dead and living hardwoods, causing a “white rot”. + These mushrooms tend to arrive late into Spring, as the weather turns much warmer with the call of Summer.