The Velvet Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus parsonsiae) is a native New Zealand species of oyster mushroom. This is our own unique strain of this species which has been especially selected for its vigorous growth habits. 


Velvet oyster can be trickier to cultivate than Phoenix Oyster. It prefers the warmer months of the year to grow in by comparison to phoenix oyster which will grow through most of the year in New Zealand without the need for extra heat.  


Growth habit and flavour is similar to other oyster mushrooms (such as phoenix oyster). These mushrooms have a wider, wavy cap and firmer, sometimes fiborous texture when eaten. 

NOTE: These mushrooms produce a reasonable amount of spores compared to other oyster mushrooms. It is advised to grow them either outdoors or in a garage / shed, not inside your house. 



Fully colonised, high quality grain spawn of the delicious and easy to grow Velvet Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus parsonsiae). This grain spawn is perfect for inoculating your own pastuerised straw or sterilised wood chips / sawdust. One kilogram is enough to inoculate approximately four medium sized straw grow bags or sawdust / woodchip blocks. 


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 of the delicious and easy to grow Velvet Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus parsonsiae). 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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Velvet Oyster

  • 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.