Why grow medicine on tree stumps?
First keyword is “profitability”. We like to think that medicinal mushroom cultivation will become a part of normal forest management in the future.
- Reishi – Ganoderma lucidum (Ganoderma lucidum)
- Turkey Tail – Butterfly tail (Trametes versicolor)
How to cultivate medicinal mushrooms
Choose a freshly cut area to inoculate the stumps. Spruce and birch stumps are suitable, hardwood stumps can also be used. Harvesting is easier incleared or thinned forest. Avoid stumps with signs of rot, as this can negatively affect the growth of cultivated mushrooms.
You will need
Dowel with mushroom culture, drill / cordless drill, hammer, disinfectant, rubber gloves, protective wax applied to the dowel.
Choose a wood drill depending on the thickness of the dowel. At 10 cm intervals, drill holes on the stump top and on the sides. Put on rubber gloves and disinfect your hands. Take the dowel from the package and insert it into the drilled hole. Hammer the dowel into the stump so that the dowel does not protrude. Apply a layer of wax to the driven-in dowel.
You can fit 12 dowels on a larger stump, but put 3 dowels on a smaller stump. Opened dowel packaging must be used on the same day, otherwise unused dowels may become contaminated.
When the stump is completely inoculated by the mycelium, it begins to form a fruiting body. In the second year from the installation check the stump – in summer and autumn. In the third year – in spring, summer and autumn. If you notice the first fruiting bodies, check more closely until ripening.