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Grifola fondosa - Maitake Mushroom Genetics

Grifola fondosa - Maitake Mushroom Genetics

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Scientific Name: Grifola frondosa

Common Names: Maitake, Hen of the Woods, Kumotake, Dancing Mushroom, 

Description:  A very large, tender and delicious polypore mushroom with health benefits including antiviral properties. Reishi first forms a large, very dark ball-like structure with amazing solid flesh which can be enjoyed as a choice edible at that point.  Proper conditions will cause this fleshy mass to grow stocks, which further differentiate into beautiful delicate tender petals with lighter color.  

Growth ConditionsPetri Dish, Slant, or Liquid CultureGrowth Medium: Malt extract or potato water agarTemperature: 21 deg CSpawn RunGrowth Medium:  Supplemented hardwood sawdustTemperature: 21 deg CBag Filter Type: "A"Primordia FormationTemperature:  10-16 deg CHumidity: 95 %Time (days): 1-2 weeksLight (Lux): 100-500 lux

Fruit-body Growth


Temperature:  10-16 deg CHumidity: 85-95 %Time: 1-2 weeksLight: 100-500 lux

petal formation

Temperature:  13-18 deg CHumidity: 75-85 %Time: 2-3 weeksLight: 500-1000 lux

Harvest Hint:  Allow black ball structures to form on the top surface and enlarge. This delicious solid flesh can be cooked directly, or with proper conditions encouraged to grow into the traditional petal form of Maitake.  The next phase of fruitbody development can be achieved inside the bag if a very humid environment is not available, or with the bag cut open partially or completely from the top.  The bag walls should be rolled back or cut down to allow more air exchange for the final petal formation stage of growth.  

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