Reishi Plug Spawn--Approx. 1000 Plugs
Favored wood: oak, maple, alder, elm, sweetgum, magnolia, locust, mulberry and—in Asia—plum
Preferred orientation: Horizontal or vertical, partially buried after incubation
Preferred fruiting temperature: 70–80 °F
Fruiting season(s): Summer to early Fall
Length of time for maturing: 2–3 months
Known to the Japanese as Reishi and to the Chinese as Ling Chi, Ganoderma lucidum s.l. produces a flat, shelf-like mushroom, with a smooth, lacquered finish. Plug spawn of this species can inoculate hardwood stumps or logs; after incubating the logs may be partially buried, horizontally-oriented. This helps conserve water during fruiting. Reputed to have immune-supporting properties by both the Chinese and Japanese, Reishi has long been used in teas. Please note that this is not a culinary mushroom due to its tough and woody texture.