Our Proprietary Strains of Shiitake Spawn in a Starter Kit.
Plug Spawn is the easiest type of spawn to inoculate logs with. The plugs are 5/16" diam. x 3/4" long. Just drill the holes tap the plugs with a hammer, and apply wax. For more information on inoculating logs see our page on Inoculating Logs in our Resources section.
For detailed information on the different strains, please see the About Our Spawn section of our website.
Each Kit contains:
- 300 Plugs - enough to do approximately 10 logs that are 4" in diameter and 40" long
- Cheese Wax (approx 1lb)
- Wax Dauber
A perfect way to start learning to inoculate or to try different strains before buying a larger bag.
Shiitake Starter Kit - Plug Spawn
MP510 (Wide Range)
Our best selling all-around strain. It fruits from about 55 to 80°F. Produces indoors or outdoors, yielding large mushrooms with thick flesh. Tolerant to hot and cool weather, it has a fast spawn run of 6 to 9 months from inoculation to harvest.
MP512 (Warm Weather)
Fruits around 65 - 80°F, 9 to 12 months after inoculation. Produces large mushrooms with medium thick flesh. Outdoor Strain.
MP852 (Warm, Dry Weather)
Fruits around 60 - 86°F, greenhouse or outdoor strain. Fruits best in hot weather. This strain is sensitive to overwatering, and needs an airy, less humid fruiting area.
MP853 (Warm, Humid Weather)
Fruits around 60 - 82°F, greenhouse or outdoor strain. This strain produces the largest mushrooms (up to 7 1/2" across) with the thickest flesh. Slow to fruit (10 months to a year) but with the longest production life by 20 to 40%.
MP855 (Cold Weather)
Fruits around 41 - 68°F, greenhouse or outdoor strain. Incubation period is long, running from 9 months to 1 1/2 years. Good for colder climates or to reduce greenhouse heating costs during continuous cultivation in the winter.
MP910 (Newer Wide Range)
This is a new wide-range temperature-fruiting strain of shiitake derived from a popular and highly productive Chinese strain. Fruiting range is 53-83°F. Produces both indoors and outdoors on natural logs. Yields large mushrooms with thick flesh, tolerant to hot and cool weather. Has a fast spawn run, 6-9 months from inoculation to first harvest.