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White Oyster Mushroom

White oyster mushroom (Pleurotus sp.)

White oyster mushroom is an easily cultivated mushroom appropriate for the beginners, because of its vigorous mycelium growth. The mushroom can efficiently compete with other fungi while growing on a substrate and is thus resistant to moulds.

Caps of the white oyster mushroom are milky white with a silky surface and can grow up to a couple of 10 cm in diameter.


White oyster mushroom cultivation

For the cultivation of white oyster mushroom, wood can be inoculated either with plug spawn or grain spawn. The mushroom is considered as rapidly growing and extremely aggressive fungus. If inoculation is carried out early in the spring and wood is left in a warm and shaded place, mushrooms are expected to grow late in the autumn. Usually, mushrooms start growing when the environment temperature drops and precipitations are more frequent (most often during the fall). Cultivation on wood is most successful when carried out outdoors, where the spawn has enough fresh air and humidity to develop into mushrooms.

Growth parameters for white oyster mushroom (Pleurotus sp.) cultivation

Substrate colonization
Temperature Optimal 20-24┬░C, slower colonization at lower temperatures
Light Not required
Duration 4-8 months on wood

10-21 days on straw

Primordia formation
Temperature 8-15┬░C
Humidity 95-100%
Duration 4-6 days
Light Some light required
Mushroom formation
Temperature 10-21┬░C, depending on the strain
Humidity 85-90%
Duration 5-8 days
Light Some light required

For white oyster mushroom cultivation, beech, hornbeam, birch or poplar tree wood is recommended, whereas oak and coniferous wood, according to our experience, most often does not support spawn growth.