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Shiitake Mushroom in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Lentinula edodes

 

Shiitake Mushroom

A mushroom is the edible fruiting body of a fungus. The edible part consists of a cap, gills and stem, and some grow above ground, some below ground. Care should be taken with identification, as some mushrooms are toxic. Shiitake mushrooms have a brownish colour, the top of the cap being crazed-looking

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plant Features
  • Shiitake Mushroom likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Shiitake Mushroom likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Shiitake Mushroom is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Shiitake Mushroom likes moist and fertile

    Moist and fertile

 
plant information

Common name

Shiitake Mushroom

Latin name

Lentinula edodes

type

Fungus

family

Marasmiaceae

ph

6.3 - 8.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Shiitake Mushroom likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Shiitake Mushroom is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Shiitake Mushroom likes moist and fertile

    Moist and fertile

  • Water

    Shiitake Mushroom likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

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    Best time to plant
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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Shiitake Mushroom is 0.15meters x 0.10meters 0.15 M 0.10 M

Lentinula edodes

A mushroom is the edible fruiting body of a fungus. The edible part consists of a cap, gills and stem, and some grow above ground, some below ground. Care should be taken with identification, as some mushrooms are toxic. Shiitake mushrooms have a brownish colour, the top of the cap being crazed-looking


Propagating by spores outdoors

From Mid Spring TO Early Autumn

Shiitake Mushrooms can be grown outdoors from Spring to Autumn. They are grown in dowels, placed in logs,10-15 cms in diameter, made from hard wood (oak, birch, beech etc.) which need to be cut when the tree is dormant, and holes drilled to take the dowels. A 50 cm log will support 15-20 dowels. (For how to plant the dowels, see "Planting" event)

 

Planting dowels

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

To plant the dowels containing the mushroom mycelium (spawn), drill holes 6" apart down the length of the log, in rows 3" apart, and push the dowels into the holes until they are flush with the log. Seal with wax - and seal any cut branch ends or damaged areas in the bark, but NOT the log ends. Put the logs in a shady, wooded place, or under evergreen shrubs. If the log shows signs of cracking, soak it in water for a day or two, to wet the bark. Colonisation may take from 6 to 18 months

 
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