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are easy to grow, and grow best right now. Paul Stamets suggests adding spores to the oil in chain saws, thus inoculating at the same time cuts are being made. Another method I call slurry inoculation: take a fresh sporocarp, blend it with a cup or 2 of water in a food processor until liquified, use the resulting slurry to coat fresh cuts of wood. While 1 meter bedlogs are often suggested, there really is no reason not to use small length bedlogs. Always the cambium layer is eaten first, within the first year after tree death, no matter how large the tree is/was. Pleurotus grow rapidly. I have seen fruitings in space bags (90% sawdust/10% wheat or rice bran) colonized within 32 days when held at 77 degrees day and night. P. pulmonarius produces massive (for a Pleurotus) stipes, which are the best part of the mushroom to eat, too. They also dry well when sliced in 7-8mm slabs, for use at a later date. Dried mushroom caps can also be used to create slurry, provided they are frozen after being dried. (As you can tell from the above, I favor low-tech cultivation techniques.)
I have never tried cultivating any mushrooms (there are spores (or mycelium, no idea, but it’s cheap) of P. ostreatus and some other saprobics sold at local stores here however), I find oysters here in very small amounts so, to be honest, I have no clue what they taste like :)
Have you considered cultivating this, Dmitri? I get it from a South Korean store locally, and it is one of the better fungi I eat. It also eats some toxic wastes. The stems are so large as to be the best part of the mushroom. Like most Pleurotus, it grows exceptionally fast. I’d try using short bedlogs of birch, about 40-50cm long. Instead of drilling holes to plant mycelium (thereby damaging the bark further than need to be damaged) try inoculating only the ends of the log with grain spawn, such as millet. Cover the ends with cellophane or a clinging thin plastic film; then cover that with dark paper or aluminum foil. Hold the whole thing in place with rubber band. It likes warmer growing temperatures, so would have to be inoculated now in your area.