Lion's mane (Hericium erinaceus) live culture on agar

Lion's mane (Hericium erinaceus) live culture on agar



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  • Materials: agar, live culture, mycelium

Clean live mother culture sent in 2ml Eppendorf tube. The epp tubes seal hermetically, are sturdy and safe for sending internationally. Put the agar wedge in a dish and have it colonized in a week or two.

Growth parameters, to be taken with a grain of salt, from Stamets' "Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms":

Spawn Run:

Incubation Temperature: 70–75°F (21-24°C)
Relative Humidity: 95–100%
Duration: 10–14 days
CO2: >5,000–40,000 ppm
Fresh Air Exchanges: 0–1 per hour
Light Requirements: n/a

Primordia Formation:

Initiation Temperature: 50–60°F (10-15.6°C)
Relative Humidity: 95–100%
Duration: 3–5 days
CO2: 500–700 ppm
Fresh Air Exchanges: 5–8 per hour
Light Requirements: 500–1,000 lux

Fruitbody Development:

Temperature: 65–75°F (18–24°C)
Relative Humidity: (85) 90–95%
Duration: 4–5 days
CO2: 500–1,000 ppm
Fresh Air Exchanges: 5–8 per hour
Light Requirements: 500–1,000 lux

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Agar Agarevitch

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111 reviews 5 out of 5 stars


nikoskalas Feb 18, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

I just dropped the H. erinaceus from the Eppendorf tube to a small jar. Healthy and no contaminations.

Konrad Sadowski May 8, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Best quality, free from contams ;)

Techfindz Canada Aug 18, 2020

2 out of 5 stars

Not enough growth for grain spawn

Response from Agar Agarevitch

While a customer is free to do whatever (s)he wants with a culture sample, I tried to make it very clear that agar wedges sent in Eppendorf tubes are meant to be grown out on agar first. This way a buyer has a source of practically infinite samples, and a backup in case something goes wrong. Putting a small agar wedge directly in a grain jar might or might not work. If you want to skip the agar dish step, buy a mini dish.