Some of our logs are finally blooming heavily! These mushrooms are Phoenix Oysters. Very tasty!
These logs were not soaked in cold water to induce blooming. They decided to bloom right in the middle of a 10 day heatwave, where daily temperatures were over 30 degrees. They are in a shade house that gets misted twice daily.
The species of logs that has bloomed the most so far is the Salix (willow). The oak and elm have had a few small blooms but nothing major.
The logs are about 18 months old. I think the oaks are taking longer to colonise.
A few of our logs at Heathmont have started blooming. This time the oaks and liquidambar have started to bloom. It is early Autumn here and it is getting cooler so mushrooms are blooming.
It has been about 18 months since we inoculated these logs. We thought it would only take about 12 months.
The slugs get stuck into the blooms when the logs are outside. We don’t have any ‘non-chemical’ way of deterring them so for now, we bring the logs into the bathroom when they begin to bloom.
I will have to think about how to slow down slugs and slaters from getting to the logs.