LIONS MANE, the "smart" mushroom
People with a touch of obsessive compulsive, and a keen eye for nature's perfect alignments, are gonna LOVE these limited edition 2018 "Silver and Blue" Lion's Mane mushroom Totem Logs!
Each log is approx 8" diameter x 12" tall and crafted into three pieces (5"+4"+3" sections), inoculated, waxed, restacked and secured. All you have to do is take your log home, put it in place...and wait. We've done all the work FOR you!
When you first get your Lion's Mane Totem Log home, the perfect place for it is the middle of your holiday feast table. There, it can be the centerpiece of all your holiday occasions, variously decorated or adorned as your celebrations unfold, and where it is sure to fascinate interesting conversations for many meals to come. On your hallway/entry table is also a good place. So is an unused fireplace. Your log requires nothing more from you but stable human-range temperature and humidity. ,,.and maybe some festive decorations, if you are so inclined.
As you get to know your log, and your log, you, you will see that rather than drill holes THROUGH the bark as with our traditional mushroom logs, we inoculated the INNER or cut "faces" of these logs, so that the bark remains pristine and unmarred and the magnificent luster of the "silvery blue slivers" of light in beautiful pacific northwest Red Alder forest, takes the spotlight.
There's no need to feed or water. Your Lion's Mane mushroom gets all it's food and water from inside the log. Lion's Mane prefers contact with mineral soil, so before long and to make your totem log feel "cozy" put an inch or so of any type of dirt onto a decorative tray or in a shallow bowl, and stand you log on the dirt. No need to bury it, but you may, i you want. No need to water the soil, unless that makes you feel good.
Yes, you can "mist" your log if you've a mind to, or need to fuss, or if the bark starts looking dry to you, or you feel that your log needs a "freshening" as it might get from a nice rain in nature. Normal inside room light is perfect for your totem log, but avoid prolonged direct sun, as thru a window. Your mushroom log does not make food from sunlight as plants do, but it does like a normal light-dark cycle and its feet on the earth, as in nature.
Meanwhile, while you relax, reflect, and enjoy your holidays... inside your magnificently handcrafted totem log, mushroom colonization is happening. The Lion's Mane spawn (sourced from Paul Stamet's fungi.com farm in Olympia, WA) is knitting a thick mat of connections inside your log. This mat IS the actual mushroom. Later, this "mycelium mat" will cross the space between your three totem log pieces, and "knit" the three pieces back together again into a single whole (this can take 24 months, depending so, be patient) ...it is a miraculous thing!
While you are waiting, you can readjust and realign the totem pieces at will, and move it to different places at will. You can even separate the tree pieces entirely, if you want, and grow three, separate mushroom logs! Nature is forgiving.
While you still-hidden Lion's Mane mushroom is growing inside your log and busy reknitting your cut log whole again, it will begin to bloom or "flush," producing the visible part of the mushroom, the part we EAT. This flush will happen many times over the life of your log (5-8 years).
Lion's Mane mushrooms taste like lobster and are a very-good-for-the-brain food, and delicious. Your log will flush in two evenly spaced rows around your log (where we made the original cuts) and will produce fresh, delicious, PERFECTLY ROUND icicle-dripping white snowball-looking lion's mane mushrooms, which you simply pluck off, cook, and eat.
For fastest result, keep your log indoors its first winter, anywhere cool, moist and out of direct sun). This will allow the colonization process to continue without being interrupted by the cold (Mushrooms don't die from freeze, they simply go dormant.) When spring arrives, and if you want, you can simply put your log outside, somewhere shady and cool out in the rain but out of direct sun and drying winds, somewhere not too soggy where it can have it's feet on mineral earth...and them wait some more. In fact, you can just forget about it! Outside, your log will bloom when mother nature decides.
The recycled yellow plastic stabilizing strips are stapled into place to keep the totem logs "assembled" and perfectly aligned until they arrive to their new homes...and are easily removed... but, be warned !! ... until the mycelium mat growing inside each section of your totem, is formed, and has reknit your log, the totem will be three individual pieces ...WILL you be able to keep them perfectly aligned while the miracle of nature happens right before your eyes???? Its ok....the mat will form even if you do slightly misalign things :-)... as long as the three pieces are touching.
The LION is a symbol of courage, bravery and fierceness. A TOTEM is a representation of spirit. We keep our lion's mane totem inside, perched in a favorite shallow ceramic bowl with some soil in the bottom (and which we decorate seasonally to remind us that we are all brave, courageous, and FIERCE!
Lions Mane mushrooms bloom in nature during the pacific northwest's late summer and fall, depending. It likes cool shade, with a bit of dappled light, and to be out of the wind and touching mineral earth. Avoid soggy areas, tho.
At most, and if you must fuss with your totem log, you may soak your log overnight submerged in cold water every 30-45 day or so, until it blooms, then you can do this 'soaking" between lushes, or every 45 days thereafter thru the year, to "force flush" your log year-round. The more you force flush your log, the shorter the log life will be.
Inside, grow your log standing on a decorative tray onto which you've placed about an inch of mineral soil for it to rest atop. Your mushroom will not make roots into the soil. It just likes the companionship. Lion's Mane likes its feet on the soil. You can keep the soil moist, if you want, but your Log doesn't need wet soil. We'll be happy to include an inch or so of our native (volcanic forest) soil with each log, if requested.
Inside, once it blooms ("flushes") for the first time, you Lions Mane mushroom Totem Log can be forced to "flush" up to 4 times each year! To force flush, simply soak by submerging it in cold water overnight. This fools the mushroom into thinking its spring, and time to flush. You should expect each flush to produce up to a pound or more of beautiful, delicious Lion's Mane mushrooms, and for your Lion's Mane Totem LOg to produce mushrooms for 8-10 years. You should harvest mushrooms early and often, If you keep your log continuously plucked, you can keep your log in 'flush' for an extended time.
Now, that's SMART! ....and a GREAT investment in food futures!
Lion's Mane is also BRAIN food! Read our blog, "Lion's Mane - The SMART mushroom" for more about those benefits.
Available: Six 2018 "Silver and Blue" Lion's Mane mushroom Red Alder Totem Logs $200 each; $1000 for all; plus shipping.
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