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Enoki mushrooms (Flammulina velutipes), also known as enokitake, winter needle or velvet foot mushrooms, are a staple addition to many dishes across Asia. They are also present in the wild here in New Zealand.


When grown outdoors or in 'normal' conditions, they are darker in colour, shorter in length and have larger caps than the 'needle form' people may be familiar with seeing in the supermarket. The pale elongated form is achieved by growing them in a high CO2 environment (causing stretching) and almost complete darkness (which keeps them pale / almost white).


Enoki are a fairly easy mushroom to grow. They can be inoculated into wooden logs, or grown on sterilised sawdust / woodchip blocks. They prefer colder temperatures, so its best to grow them in the cooler months from autumn through winter and into spring.



Fully colonised and healthy grain spawn of our selected favourite strain of Enoki mushroom culture. This strain performs well in New Zealand conditions and is equally as happy on logs outdoors as it is on indoor sawdust / woodchip blocks. One kilogram of spawn is enough to inoculate approximately four sawdust or woodchip blocks (advanced method).


1kg Grain Spawn $24.90

2kg Grain Spawn $46.90

3kg Grain Spawn $64.90

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Fully colonised, high quality dowel plugs. These dowels are perfect for inoculating fresh cut logs of deciduous trees.


Simply drill some holes slightly deeper and slightly wider than the dowels, spaced about 15cm apart all around the log, tap them in with a hammer and seal the holes with melted wax. A log generally requires 15-50 dowels, depending on its size.


Logs take a year or so to begin fruiting, but after that, they will continue to produce several crops of mushrooms per year (when weather conditions are right) for up to five or six years. They are generally very low maintenance. A humid, shady corner of the garden is perfect for them.


Dowels are 8mm wide so a 8.5mm to 9mm drill bit is ideal for drilling the holes for them. Comes with instructions or check out our tips and advice page for more info.


50 Dowels $24.90

100 Dowels $34.90

500 Dowels $134.90

1000 Dowels $239.90

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  • We guarantee that our spawn is healthy and free of contamination upon delivery. In the unlikely event that you notice a problem with the product please feel free to contact us for a replacement or full refund. 

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