Hericium erinaceus

Monkey Head

Strain: M 9514

 Hericium Erinaceus - Monkey Head Mushroom

Qualities:

  • rapid production
  • aesthetic mushroom
  • pleasant nutty taste

Characteristics:

This mushroom species forms stemmless spherical fruit bodies.  They are entirely covered with long, sloppy spines (up to 8 mm long) which makes them remind of sea anemones.  The average size is 8- 10 cm, but specimens of 15 cm diameter are not exceptional.

Origin

Parasite on hardwood in the Old and New World

Recommended substrate

composition:

80% hardwood, mixed fine + coarse)
10% cereals
10% bran

humidity:

62-63 %

Recommended bag

Microsac type PPB50/SEU4/V40-51

Filling of bag

before or after heat treatment: 3 to 4 kg/ bag

Heat treatment

sterilisation, by preference at 121 °C

Inoculation

mix with ± 1% spawn

Incubation

room temperature

25 °C

substrate temperature

27 °C

duration

Ca. 20 days

Ripening phase

nihil

Fruiting-conditions

room temperature

16-21 °C

relative humidity

85–95 %

CO2-concentration

500-1000 ppm

light

Less than 500 lux

Flushes

number

2

interval

ca. 2 weeks

Average yield

Approx. 150 g saleable mushrooms per kg fresh substrate

Important remark: the cultivation guidelines in our technical data sheets are a compilation of the data given to us by experienced cultivators.  Individual differences in the cultivation conditions can thoroughly affect the results