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close this bookMushroom Cultivation in Thailand (Peace Corps, 1987, 85 p.)
close this folder6. Wood ear mushroom cultivation in wooden logs
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Cultivation site

An appropriate site is also needed to cultivate the mushrooms in the logs. The mushroom house described in the section concerning cultivation of mushrooms in plastic bags is equally well-suited for logs. Growing wood ear mushrooms in a mushroom house will allow a farmer to extend the growing season and take advantage of higher prices during the dry season. However, if a farmer does not wish to build a mushroom house, the wood ear mushroom logs can be stored easily and cultivated under a tree, out of direct sunlight, during the rainy season. The naturally moist and humid conditions prevalent during the rainy season make this method of cultivation possible and profitable and reduces labor, since if it rains, the grower does not need to spend time watering the logs.

Wood ear mushroom spawn, unlike angel, oyster and abalone spawn, is not sensitive to prolonged contact with water. Hence, it can and should be exposed to rainfall; the more the better. Conversely, angel, oyster and abalone mushrooms are not grown profitably when exposed to heavy rainfall, i.e., when cultivated under a tree with no overhead shelter. As previously stated, angel, oyster and abalone mushrooms will rot before reaching maturity if exposed to prolonged contact with water. For obvious reasons, wood ear mushroom logs will not produce well, if at all, when cultivated under a tree during the dry season.