Intermediate Cultivation
Turkey Tail

Strain Profile

The Turkey Tail is so named for its uncanny resemblance to the tail of the North American Turkey.

Trametes versicolor is well known for its medicinal properties, and has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine as well as Native American herbalism. The earliest recorded use was around 200BCE in the Han Dynasty.

The fruiting body contains polysaccharides, of particular interest Polysaccharide K (PSK), which has been shown to support immune health, improve cholesterol levels and boost heart health.

The fruiting bodies are often hard and thin, and are found in clusters. They range from 2-8cm across, and only 1-2mm thick. When present in the wild the mushroom is often abundant, appearing in large numbers.

Whilst technically edible, the hard, woody fruit body is not considered delicious or an enjoyable texture. For this reason extracts, powders, and tinctures are a common method of ingesting for medicinal use.

This strain was cloned from a wild specimen collected in the UK. Fruits from 18-24˚c.

Preferred agar culture media:  MYA, PDYA

Preferred substrate:  Hardwood Logs. Supplemented hardwood sawdust.

Also Known As: 

  • Turkeytail Fungus
  • Many-Zoned Polypore

Growing Parameters

Spawn Run

Temperature: 20-28°c
Relative Humidity: 90-95%
Duration: 14-21 days
CO2: >5,000 ppm
Fresh Air Exchanges: 0-1 per hour
Light Requirements: n/a

Primordia Formation

Temperature: 15-22°c
Relative Humidity: 85-95%
Duration: 10-30 days
CO2: <1000 ppm
Fresh Air Exchanges: 4-8 per hour
Light Requirements: 300-500 lux


Temperature: 18-24°c
Relative Humidity: 85-95%
Duration: 50-80 days
C02: <2000 ppm
Fresh Air Exchanges: 4-8 per hour
Light Requirements: 500-1000 lux

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