Almond Agaricus Sawdust Spawn Organic Mushrooms

Product ID:6629G.016629G

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Latin Name

Agaricus subrufescens

Days To Maturity

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

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Begins fruiting 3-9 months after inoculation

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Almond Agaricus Sawdust Spawn Organic Mushrooms

Product ID:6629G.016629G

New! A compost lover.

Compared to its mushroom counterparts such as button, cremini, and portobello, Almond Agaricus is easier to grow and produces a sweet, earthy aroma reminiscent of almonds. This variety flourishes particularly well in compost! Recognized for its rapid substrate colonization and captivating almond fragrance, Almond Agaricus is a rewarding choice for mushroom enthusiasts. Under attentive care and warmer temperatures, it proves to be a consistent yielder.

Colonization Rate: Almond Agaricus is a fast colonizer. If grown in well-cared-for beds in warmer temperatures, it may fruit in as little as 1–3 months and potentially faster in top-fruiting containers. Beds can produce infinitely, provided conditions are met for perennialization and adequate substrate is added yearly.

Optimal Growing Conditions: Fruiting temperatures ranging from 70–90°F (21–32°). Almond Agaricus prefers complex, higher-nitrogen substrate like manure and compost to eliminate the need for pasteurization. Greenhouses or high tunnels provide optimal conditions for Almond Agaricus beds, facilitating extended growing seasons. While overwintering Almond Agaricus crops is difficult except within a greenhouse, thorough mulching in the fall could foster growth in the subsequent season. Warmer climates may offer a greater chance of second year growth. See our chart: Substrate Types for Growing Mushrooms for more information.

Usage Recommendation: Almond Agaricus sawdust spawn is only suitable for outdoor beds or top-fruiting containers.

Temperature Warning: Almond Agaricus mycelium is sensitive to cold temperatures and may perish if kept below 35°F (1.7°C). It is advisable to plant only when the average temperature has reached 50°F (10°C) for optimal growth.

Note: This product is not a standalone mushroom grow kit. To induce fruiting, Almond Agaricus sawdust spawn must be combined with a substrate, such as straw (not hay), hardwood chips, or sawdust.

Bag Weight: 5.5 lb. USDA Certified Organic.

Quick Facts

Latin Name

Agaricus subrufescens

Days To Maturity

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

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Begins fruiting 3-9 months after inoculation

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Upon receiving your spawn, promptly remove it from the shipping box. Unfold the top of the bag to allow for adequate air space. Additionally, ensure that the filter patch is unobstructed to facilitate proper breathing for the organism. If mushroom fruiting bodies are growing from the filter patch, carefully remove them without damaging the seal.

CULTURE: Use sawdust spawn to grow Wine Cap and Almond Agaricus mushrooms in beds or top-fruiting containers. Mushrooms require ample moisture. Choose a location for your production that is easy to access, monitor, and is at least partially shaded year-round. Easy access to a water source may also be beneficial. Wine Caps have a wide range of adaptability and are a good beginner species. Almond Agaricus is a heat-loving species. In areas where temperatures drop below 35°F (2°C), treat Almond Agaricus as an annual, as it will not survive cold temperatures. It should be inoculated only when average temperatures are at least 50°F (10°C) degrees, but ideally 70–80°F (21–27°C) degrees. The season can be extended with greenhouses or other season extension methods.

SPAWN STORAGE: Remove spawn bags from shipping box promptly. Untuck bags to expose the filter patch and increase airflow. Mushroom growth begins from mycelium (a vegetative structure made up of whitish or light brown fibers). In sawdust spawn bags, this can appear as fuzzy growth resembling mold, but not to worry; it is healthy growth. Wine Cap and Almond Agaricus spawn can be stored for a maximum of 6 months. It is recommended to store Wine Cap spawn in the refrigerator and Almond Agaricus at room temperature. Use spawn within one day of opening. Fresh spawn will have the best chance of success. Do not open the bag prior to the day of inoculation as it can heighten the risk of contamination and dry out the inoculant. Initial moisture is critical.

DAYS TO MATURITY: Almond Agaricus and Wine Caps are fast colonizers: beds started in the spring may fruit in 1–3 months, and potentially faster in top-fruiting containers. Time to fruiting is subject to environmental conditions, substrate type, mushroom species, and the ratio of spawn to substrate. Fruiting happens only once mycelium has been fully established (colonized) in substrate.

SUBSTRATE SELECTION: Wine Caps grow dependably on hardwood wood chips but in some cases can handle up to 50% softwood. Almond Agaricus prefers higher nitrogen, complex substrates like manure and compost. See our chart: Substrate Types for Growing Mushrooms for more information. Fresher wood chips carry a lower risk of contamination (pests, and other fungi) than wood chips that have been allowed to age.

MUSHROOM BED INOCULATION: Wine Cap and Almond Agaricus mushrooms can be grown in outdoor beds, between garden rows, or anywhere there is ample compatible substrate. The volume that one bag of spawn can inoculate depends on bed depth and ratio of spawn to substrate, expect to inoculate roughly a 4' x 4' area with one bag of spawn. Prepare bed site by removing undesired plants or debris. Substrate can be hydrated to start, watered in between layers, or watered thoroughly at the end. Wine Caps: begin with a layer of substrate 1" deep and crumble spawn on top, breaking up large pieces. Beginning with another 3–6" layer of substrate, continue alternating between spawn and substrate until out of spawn or the desired bed depth has been reached. End with a final layer of substrate to protect the spawn. Almond Agaricus: begin with 4–8" of substrate. Break the spawn up into 2" pieces and space the pieces around the bed 4–6" apart. Bury them a few inches below the surface, varying the depths slightly.

CONTAINER INOCULATION: Mushrooms can be grown in containers indoors or outdoors. This method requires a container with suitable exits through which the mushrooms will fruit, a compatible substrate, and sawdust spawn. Almond Agaricus and Wine Caps will only fruit out the top of the container, so no extra holes in the side of the container are needed. To reduce the risk of contamination, begin with a sterile container. Follow instructions for bed inoculation to prepare the container, using a ratio of ½–1 full bag of spawn to 5 gallons of substrate.

COLONIZATION: In the time between inoculation and fruiting, maintaining moisture levels is paramount, especially in arid climates or in a drought. If substrate dries out excessively, mushrooms may fail to develop to full maturity. Allow the colonization process to happen in an area out of direct sunlight. Consider covering with a tarp, a layer of straw mulch, or similar material to keep moisture in. Remove cover when mushrooms are ready to begin fruiting, indicated by pins (baby mushrooms) beginning to form on the surface or if the substrate is fully colonized. Full colonization can be determined by digging down in several spots in the bed to see if mycelium is pervasive.

OPTIONAL CASING LAYER: To encourage reluctant Almond Agaricus, consider adding a casing layer once the bed or container is colonized, indicated by white strands of mycelium running through the bed. Hydrate a neutral pH substrate like coco coir, potting soil, or sphagnum moss and mix with a handful of native soil. Smooth 1–2" of this mix over the top of the substrate.

HARVEST: Maturing mushrooms grow very quickly and should be checked at least once a day when nearing desired maturity. Both Wine Caps and Almond Agaricus can be harvested at any point before their caps have flattened and begin to curl upwards, signaling the onset of spore release. To harvest, twist and pull or cut at the base of the stem. Overmature mushrooms will have a shorter shelf life and are more easily damaged in handling. Fading or discoloring, as well as firmness, are indicators that the mushrooms may not be ideal for consumption, as their flavor and texture can degrade with age.

PRODUCTION WINDOW: The number of flushes produced will depend on substrate density and type, environmental conditions, and mushroom species. Beds can produce for a few years, occasionally for many for Wine Caps, provided conditions are met for perennialization and adequate substrate is added yearly.

PESTS AND DISEASE: Mold can grow on sawdust spawn damaged in transit or on harvested mushrooms that have been stored for a long time. Do not consume moldy mushrooms. To combat slug damage, diatomaceous earth can be spread on beds. Mammals can be a minor pest but often will not consume all your yield. Mammals can be deterred by using row cover such as Agribon-15. It is better to harvest mushrooms when they are younger as they will usually have less pest damage.

CAUTION: Ensure mushrooms are cooked thoroughly before consumption. If eating a species for the first time, start with a small amount to test for allergies. Substrate for mushrooms grown outside has a higher risk of being colonized by other fungal species. Make sure to confidently identify mushroom species prior to consumption, as they may be a fruiting body of a local species.

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