Chestnut Mushroom Liquid Culture


Looking for the best Chestnut Mushroom Liquid Culture around? Our Liquid Culture is carefully monitored until the solution is 90% colonized, then pulled to keep it fresh in the syringe until it gets to you!

Species Pholiota adiposa
Difficulty ℹ️ ??
Spore Coloration White
Ecology Saprotrophic
Edibility Choice


The Chestnut mushroom, or Pholiota adiposa, is in the same family as the Nameko. It is a stunning example of a mushroom with small rounded brown caps, bits of the veil often stick to the cap after it has opened before harvest. The common name chestnut has been mistakenly applied to the baby bella or crimini mushroom, agaricus bisporus because of the shape and color.

Pholiota adiposa is a slimy, scaly, yellow-brown mushroom. It is edible, and found in North America, Europe, and Asia. It grows parasitically or saprotrophically, most often on beech species, fruiting in bunches between August and November. Several compounds produced by this mushroom, for example methyl gallate, are of interest for their medicinal properties.

P. adiposa has been documented in North America, Europe, and Asia,. It can grow parasitically on live stems of trees, or as a saprotroph on dead wood. Substrates can be various beech species, poplar, and willow trees,. Fruitification occurs between August and November, most commonly between September and October. P. adiposa grows above ground, as opposed to fungi which prefer buried wood. It can grow in temperature ranges between 10-30°C, with an optimal temperature of 25°C. Mycelial growth is severely suppressed below 5°C or above 35°C. In growth media. P. adiposa can grow in a pH of 5-11, growing the best at a pH of 6.

Some photos of this product in its wild-foraged form are sourced from iNaturalist or Wikipedia, taken by bjoerns, Weaver Younghands. Licensed by CC-BY-SA.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mushroom Liquid Culture is a nutrient solution with live mycelial bodies suspended in it. It comes in a filled 10cc syringe with a needle, and is entirely sterile!


Interested in making your own?! We offer our proprietary Liquid Culture mix right here

It sure is! Mushroom spores are the microscopic “seeds” of mushrooms.

Liquid culture is when those seeds have “taken root”, so to speak! Mushroom spores are very sturdy, and well suited to storage and transport.

Liquid culture offers you a way to add rocket fuel to your gourmet grows, and get to your desired fruiting bodies much faster!

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Keep your liquid culture ideally in the fridge for up to a year. You can also keep it in a cool dark place for 3~6 months.

Get yourself some substrate, an agar plate, or whatever medium you choose, attach the needle provided in your kit, and inject a small amount into your chosen medium!

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Each kit comes with 10cc of sterile, live mycelium in nutrient solution and a single 18Ga needle for use.

Some photos on this page have been sourced from iNaturalist or Wikipedia, taken mark-groeneveld, Alan Rockefeller, Matthew Borella, Denis Zabin, kaju, Andrey Loria, Juan Carlos Pérez Magaña or others not yet added to this list. See a photo your recognize that isn’t properly credited? Get a giftcard for letting us know!

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Chestnut Mushroom Liquid Culture

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