Hemlock Varnish Shelf Agar Plate

$29.99

Looking for the best Hemlock Varnish Shelf Agar Plate around? Our Agar Plates are made-to-order, providing you with the absolute cleanest, aggressive mycelium on arrival.

Species Ganoderma tsugue
Difficulty ℹ️ ??
Spore Coloration Brown
Ecology Saprotrophic
Edibility Inedible / Medicinal

 

This incredible mushroom is found almost exclusively on the wood of eastern hemlocks, and its range parallels that of the tree: northern and montane areas east of the Rocky Mountains. It is one of the “laccate” species of Ganoderma, which means it features a beautifully lacquered-looking cap surface. Like other species of Ganoderma its pore surface bruises brown and its spores have double walls with a chambered appearance.

Ganoderma oregonense is a similar species found in the Pacific Northwest and California on the wood of various conifers; it features larger spores. Until recently Ganoderma oregonense and Ganoderma tsugae were thought to coexist in the Pacific Northwest, but recent study of hundreds of North American Ganoderma collections by Loyd and collaborators (2017, 2018) failed to support this idea.

Some photos on this page have been sourced from iNaturalist licensed under CC-BY-SA or CC0. Photos were taken by Erlon Bailey, Fluff Berger or others.

Frequently Asked Questions

An agar plate is a petri dish with solidified nutrient solution (I make mine with light malt extract, generally). The dish is sealed with parafilm to keep it sterile while the transfer colonizes the plate. The mycelial bodies grow on our agar plates in sterile incubators before being shipped to you!

Keep your agar plates ideally in the fridge, within a ziplock bag. Let them come to room temperature before opening them – it’ll prevent condensation!

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Slides from agar plates can be propagated onto other mediums very easily. The beauty of agar plates is the ability to be absolutely certain that your sample is healthy and clean!

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!

Sometimes, contam happens! All of our samples come with a 30 day replacement policy. Please head to our Help Center to get the process started.

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All of my agar plates are made-to-order. This ensures that you have nothing but the freshest, most voracious mycelium when it gets to your doorstep.

Please check for your individual species on this page to see colonization times.

If you’re interested in ordering agar plates and other items like liquid culture, or mushroom spores, you can have your order shipped in two by adding this item!

Please note that once started, Agar Plates are non-refundable or returnable.

For each agar plate in your order, you’ll receive a healthy, colonized agar plate, and an additional piece of parafilm in case you need to reseal it.

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Hemlock Varnish Shelf Agar Plate
$29.99

Availability: 25 in stock