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Phoenix Oyster

Strain Profile

The Phoenix Oyster mushroom is a species of Oyster mushroom very similar to Pleurotus Ostreatus (Pearl Oyster).  It is differentiated by its paler and smaller caps, and it develops more of a stem.  It is also commonly known as the ‘Lung Oyster’ for its lung-like cap shape (hence ‘pulmonarius’).

This species prefers warm weather, fruiting in the wild during spring/summer.  Fruiting on a wide range of substrates this species is highly adaptable and has been found fruiting on both hardwoods and conifers. 

A great species for beginners, especially those living in warmer climates or wishing to grow in the summer when it would be too hot to fruit other species such as P ostreatus.

Yields can be great, and it is possible to achieve 4-5 flushes if well managed.  It is possible to acheive a Biological Efficiency of 100-200%.  

If picked at full maturity, their shelf-life is short, so as with other Oysters it is best to harvest before the cap fully flattens.

Collected in Europe, this strain fruits from 18-28˚c.  

Preferred agar culture media:  MYA/PDYA

Preferred substrate:  Hardwood, Softwood, Sawdust, Pasteurised Straw

Also Known As: 

  • Indian Oyster
  • Italian Oyster
  • Summer Oyster
  • Lung Oyster

Growing Parameters

Spawn Run

Temperature: 24-29°c
Relative Humidity: 90-100%
Duration: 8-14 days
CO2: >5000pm
Fresh Air Exchanges: 1-2 per hour
Light Requirements: n/a

Primordia Formation

Temperature: 10-24°c
Relative Humidity: 95-100%
Duration: 3-7 days
CO2: 400-800 ppm
Fresh Air Exchanges: 5-7 per hour
Light Requirements: 1000-2000 lux


Temperature: 18-28°c
Relative Humidity: 85-95%
Duration: 3-5 days
C02: <1000 ppm
Fresh Air Exchanges: 4-8 per hour
Light Requirements: 1000-2000 lux 

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