Maintain temperatures between 60-70°F and relative humidity between 60-65% in the cultivation room. Use a mist spray to water the maitake daily to maintain moisture content in the substrate. It takes around 3-4 months for maitake mushrooms to mature indoors. When cultivated outdoors, the time required for maturation is around one year. Harvesting of fresh mushrooms can be done when they are large enough. Erect ones with fresh, earthy smell can be harvested. When cutting, support the mushroom cap and cut the base with a sharp knife. Store the harvest in a refrigerator, which can be consumed within two weeks.
Prepare the substrate formulation as mentioned above, maintaining stringent quantities of ingredients. Calcium compound like gypsum or lime is incorporated in the substrate to maintain the specific p. H requirement for growth of mushrooms. Maitake mushrooms need a p. H range of 5.5-6.5 for proper growth .
Where do maitake mushrooms grow?
Oak savannahs are an ideal location for maitake mushrooms to grow, so try to find a forest in your area with lots of oak trees to maximize your chances. Hen of the woods will grow back in the same spot every year.
Bring a small knife with you to easily cut and harvest maitake mushrooms. Their stems grow thick, so it’s easier to cut than try to pull off the tree. Otherwise, you risk damaging them. Usually, the thickest part of the stem is too old and tough to eat, so you may only want to harvest and keep the upper fronds.
Water the Maitake daily using a mist spray to keep the substrate moist. With this indoor growing method, it takes about 3 to 4 months for Maitake mushrooms to mature. If it is your first time to grow Maitake, you may also consider getting a growing kit.
Are maitake mushrooms good for You?
There is also growing evidence that this humble mushroom has numerous medicinal benefits. With its versatility, there has been a growing demand for this mushroom. If you are looking to grow mushrooms at home, Maitake is a good choice. It is easy to grow and easy to maintain.
What are maitake mushrooms (hen of the woods?) Maitake are a polypore bracket fungus that grows at the base of oak trees and other hardwoods in temperate forests from August to November. They are highly valued for both their medicinal effects and their culinary uses.
How do I grow mushrooms in my Aquarium?
Decide what material (called the substrate) that you want to grow you mushrooms on. See page on Commonly used substrates. Treat your substrate of choice. Treatments include pasteurization, sterilization, lime bath, peroxide bath and “cold fermentation.” See page on Preparation of Substrates. Inoculate your substrate with the spawn.