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Pink oyster mushroom

Pleurotus djamor

Pleurotus salmoneo stramineus

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A good choice for the novice mushroom cultivator. Pleurotus ostreatus means 'sideways oyster', referring to its growth pattern. Saprotrophic (which means it feeds on dead and decaying materials), creating fresh nutrient rich soil for new growth from the tissue of fallen trees.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer, Spring

Harvesting

Produce fruits in three or four weeks. Harvest while the edges of the caps are still curled down. Or if they are dropping spores (white dust), harvest the spores.

Propagation

Seed
Distinct pink to salmon color, darker pink color from a darker growing environment. A warm loving mushroom, also an aggressive colonizer. Naturally grows on hardwoods, palms, rubber trees or bamboo. Cultivation in the unpasteurized bed or box method.

Special features

Attractive fruits
Beautiful edible pink fruiting body.
Indoor plant
GRow above 26 degrees Celsius and with high humidity.

Geography

Origin
Originally from the tropics, specifically Indonesian. First cultivated in Germany.
Natural climate
Tropical

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Medicinal
Lower cholesterol and a good source of glucosamine (joint problems). Higher levels of copper and zinc than other cultivated mushrooms.
Edible
Compliment white sauces and risotto dishes (stronger with a tougher texture). High in Vitamin B complex and protein, pink colour fades with cooking.

Personality

Family
Pleurotaceae
Flower colour
Salmon pink
Scent
Mild

Problems

Spiders can eat the mycelium and fruiting bodies. Cobwebs found near the mushrooms should be immediately destroyed. Sensitive to fly infestation, but can be controlled with good hygiene. Green coloured mould- kept at bay with good hygiene and proper sterilisation.

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