Intermediate Cultivation
Black Poplar

Strain Profile

The Black Poplar Mushroom (also commonly known as Pioppino) tends to grow in dense clusters with a white stem and golden-brown cap.  A highly prized and versatile mushroom, it has a delicious sweet and nutty flavour.

Naturally found on decaying hardwood tree stumps, supplemented hardwood sawdust/woodchips make an ideal substrate.  Fruits vertically from the top of the fruiting block/substrate.  

This species is an intermediate difficulty for cultivation as fruiting conditions must be carefully managed.  Black Poplar Mushroom requires lower temperatures and high humidity while still receiving enough Fresh Air Exchange (FAE).

Grown indoors on supplemented sawdust, Biological Efficiency of 25-75% can be achieved. 

Native to Southern Europe, this strain fruits from 13-18˚c

Preferred agar culture media:  MYA/PDYA

Preferred substrate:  Hardwood Sawdust

Also Known As: 

  •  Pioppino (Italy)

  • The Swordbelt Agrocybe

  • South Poplar Mushroom

  • Yanagi-matsutake (Japan)

  • Zhuzhuang-Tiantougu (China)

Growing Parameters

Spawn Run

Temperature: 21-27°c
Relative Humidity: 95-100%
Duration: 20-28 days
CO2: >20,000 ppm
Fresh Air Exchanges: 0-1 per hour
Light Requirements: n/a

Primordia Formation

Temperature: 10-16°c
Relative Humidity: 95-100%
Duration: 7-14 days
CO2: <2000 ppm
Fresh Air Exchanges: 4-8 per hour
Light Requirements: 500-1000 lux


Temperature: 13-18°c
Relative Humidity: 90-95%
Duration: 4-6 days
C02: <2000 ppm
Fresh Air Exchanges: 4-8 per hour
Light Requirements: 500-1000 lux 

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