Grow King Stropharia Mushrooms in Your Wood Chips!
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Garden Giant Soil Therapy Composting Mushrooms

Stropharia rugoso-annulata

Asparagus flavored with red-wine overtones!
Folks, your humble wood chip mulch is about to experience an amazing transformation! Just add this soil therapy and before you know it, you will be harvesting crops of our splendid native mushroom, Stropharia rugoso-annulata -- known as King Stropharia or Garden Giant for its enormous burgundy tops! Cloned from species grown at the Clemson Botanic Gardens, this is the most exciting way to grow mushrooms we've ever seen!

Garden Giant is a soil-generating workhorse, converting hardwood chips into soil in a matter of just months. The fruitings can range from small to large (some have been grown that reach almost 2 feet in diameter!), depending on the depths of your wood chips. The deeper the chips, the larger the fruit. Typical mulching depths of 4 to 6 inches generally produce mushrooms that mature to about 3-4 inches in diameter, nestled and hiding perfectly in the shade. Expect to find the largest and healthiest mushrooms near the moisture provided to your vegetables, so be sure to hunt them down a few months after planting!

Planting in the spring produces flushes later in the summer and fall, and can continue or naturalize for years by simply adding more chips. Mushrooms are meaty when picked young and taste like asparagus with a naturally, slight red wine flavor. Easy to transplant and naturalize in your garden and landscape. Don't miss out on this fabulous opportunity to build and enrich the soil while using your mulch as a growing area for delicious gourmet mushrooms! Hardy across the U.S. -- Zones 3-9. 5 pounds.

Note: If you can't plant your plugs right away, the spawn may be refrigerated for 3 to 6 months, but never frozen. Do not let spawn sit in the sunlight.

Genus Stropharia
Species rugoso-annulata
ItemForm Plants
Zone 3 - 9
FruitColor Multi-Color
AdditionalCharacteristics Easy Care Plants, Edible
LightRequirements Part Shade, Shade
Uses Beds, Border, Cuisine, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Alaska
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