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Winter Mushroom

Winter mushroom (Flammulina velutipes)

Winter mushroom grows at very low temperatures in nature, hence its name. During the growth it often freezes and continues to grow when it gets warmer. Like many others, winter mushroom is a popular food in the Far East, especially in China, where they cultivate it so the fruiting bodies develop long stems and small caps.

Winter mushroom cultivation on wood

For the cultivation of winter mushroom, wood can be inoculated either with plug spawn or grain spawn. Beech, maple, alder, poplar and willow tree wood is appropriate and besides, some strains of the mushroom can also be grown on coniferous wood. When cultivated outside, winter mushrooms grow in clusters.

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Growth parameters for winter mushroom (Flammulina velutipes) cultivation

Substrate colonization
Temperature Optimal 21-24┬░C, slower colonization at lower temperatures
Light Not required
Duration 6-12 months, depending on the temperature and wood species
Primordia formation
Temperature 4-14┬░C
Humidity 95-100%
Duration 3-5 days
Light Some light required
Mushroom formation
Temperature 10-20┬░C, depending on the strain
Humidity 90-95%
Duration 5-8 days
Light Some light required