Leahahaha Port Perry, Canada (1 review) July 9, 2019
In the spring I ordered 3 kinds of oyster mushroom dowels: warm blue, yellow and Phoenix. Despite the fact that the order had to cross the border into Canada it was received within days. The dowels were fully colonized and ready to go. Whenever I see negative comments about mushroom spawn I always take it with a grain of salt.. ..mushroom growing is not for the faint of heart: spawn has to handled appropriately, the logs have to be properly prepared, and species specific maintenance after inoculation is also imperative. Research is an absolute must for success.. ..and patience, since logs can take a year or more to fruit. I expect that my Maitake mushroom logs might take 3 years to fruit. If you don't have the knowledge or perseverance it would be better to stick with a mushroom grow kit, but be warned: even under ideal conditions a sawdust kit will only produce a handful of mushrooms in several flushes, so it's a reasonably priced science project, but very pricey mushrooms. This is a mushroom fact of life, not a flaw of the mushroom company.
Purchased a Mushroom Mountain fruiting kit which arrived promptly and we were excited when we saw the first sprouts. After small sprouts appeared, only a couple grew, but never to maturity. Contacted the company via email (they have a gmail address) twice requesting guidance and provided photos of our log so they could see what was happening. We thought perhaps it was too wet or something. It has been a week and never heard a thing.
We were impressed by the info on their website and were initially going to purchase multiple kits to have a variety of mushrooms. I am very glad we didn't and would not purchase from them again.
damshrooms Jacksonville, FL (1 review) June 25, 2015
I ordered sawdust spawn from several companies at the same time. I received all my orders quickly except from Mushroom Mountain. I waited a few days after I got my spawn from everybody else and still not even a verification on my order so I contacted them buy email several days passed no answer so my partner called them, she talked to a woman named Olga and Olga informed her that the yellow mushroom spawn that was supposed to be in stock, was not and would not be ready for four to six weeks and talked my partner into taking blue oyster sawdust spawn for $10.00 less. But we received 200 plugs which we cannot use (we grow on straw). They charged us for sawdust spawn and shipping (12 pounds) the plugs cost half as much and only weigh one pound. We emailed asking for a refund and return shipping and never received a response. Thank goodness we used Paypal, we had to file a claim with them to get our money back.
I ordered plug spawn for Laetiporus sulphureus, chicken-of-the-woods. My order was filled promptly and the plugs look to be in good condition, thoroughly colonized by the fungus. One reason I went with Mushroom Mountain for this order, instead of Fungi Perfecti which I have used in the past and been happy with, is that Mushroom Mountain carries "true" chicken-of-the-woods, L. sulphureus, whereas FP carries Laetiporus conifericola. Some (but not all) mushroom experts advise to avoid L. conifericola as there is a higher rate of sensitivity to that species. I decided to play it safe. (Also, the logs I had available were deciduous, whereas L. conifericola grows on Douglas fir or spruce.) This species can take more than a year before it produces mushrooms, so it'll be a while before I can say how successful the spawn is in practice in my logs.