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Pink Oyster Mushroom

(Pleurotus djamor)

Mushroom Info
Binomial NameGenusOrigin
Pleurotus djamor PleurotusIndia and South-Asia
Common NamesDistribution & Natural Habitat
Pink Oyster Mushroom
Salmon Oyster Mushroom
Flamingo Mushroom
Strawberry Oyster Mushroom
Tabang Ngunguy
Takiiro Hiratake (Japanese)
Wikipedia Link
Characteristics and Qualities

The Pink Oyster or Pleurotus Djamor is a tropical mushroom found naturally on tropical and subtropical hardwoods. Commonly cultivated due to its fast speed to fruiting, ability to thrive on numerous substrates, good tolerance to temperature variations and aggressive growth suitable for colonization on unpasteurized substrates.

The striking pink colour is evident during early fruitbody development and fades as the mushrooms mature. Most colour is also lost during cooking.

The Pink Oyster Mushroom commonly grows in clusters and will range in colour.

Ease of CultivationIncubation RateBiological EfficiencyEnvironmental Tolerance
3 - Beginner3 - Fast3 - High3 - High Tolerance
Shelf-lifeAroma & TasteVisual / TextureMagic
1 - Short2 - Average3 - Good
0 - Not Magical
Inoculation and Substrate
Suggested Agar Culture Media: DFA, MYPA, OMYA, PDYASpawn Inoculation Percentage 5%
Recommended Substrate:Cereals, Coffee Grounds, Hardwood Chippings, Hardwood Logs, Hardwood Sawdust, Hardwood Shavings, Straw, WheatMax Substrate Size (Diameter): 35 cm
Recommended Substrate Container: Plastic ColumnsMax Substrate Size (Height): unlimited
Substrate Notes: Recommended supplements can include: Cottonseed powder, calcium carbonate, rice bran, coffee grounds.Substrate Humidity: 70 - 73%
Substrate Bag Perforations: 15 cm
Growing Pleurotus djamor
IncubationFruitbody Development
Room Temperature:20 - 22°CRoom Temperature:18 - 30°C
Relative Humidity:90 - 100%Relative Humidity: 85 - 90%
Substrate Temperature:24 - 30°CCO2 Concentration: 500 - 1100 ppm
Light Requirements:0 LUXLight Requirements:750 - 1500 LUX
CO2 Concentration:100 - 5000 ppmFresh Air Exchanges:5 - 8 per hour
Fresh Air Exchanges:0 - 1 per hourDuration:3 - 5 days
Incubation Duration:7 - 14 days
Primordia FormationHarvest
Initiation Temperature:18 - 25°CNumber of Flushes:2 - 3
Relative Humidity:90 - 100%Flush Interval:7 - 12 days
Duration:2 - 4 daysBud Induction:12 Hour Immerse Soak
CO2 Concentration:500 - 1000 ppmBetween Flushes Notes:increase relative humidity to 90-95%
Fresh Air Exchanges:5 - 8 per hourAverage Yield:150 - 200 g/fresh kg
Light Requirements 750 - 1500 ppmProduction Cycle:50 - 75 days
Casing Humidity: n/a
Casing Thickness:n/a
Casing Ruffling Notes:

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Pink Oyster Substrate Recipes and Results

Growing mushrooms can be likened in many ways to baking a loaf of bread. You need certain ingredients, mixed in specific quantities and need to follow certain procedures. After the mixing the ingredients, needing the dough, proving and baking, you are left with your finished product, bread. When we grow mushrooms a similar process is followed.

Just like mushrooms, there are many different types of bread out there, each of which require a different ingredients list and method. In the case of bread, you would expect to find different types of yeast, different mix ratios, types and quantities of flour, different amounts of salt and other supplemental ingredients along with a different method of mixing, proving and baking. Changing any one of these components can lead to a different type of bread all together.

Mycelium acts in a similar way to the yeast you might use in making bread, it uses the nutrients in its surroundings to convert into energy and grow. Once the mycelium has ran out of nutrients from its surrounding environment it would have grown to the size of its container, the next stage of the mycelium is to form fruiting bodies (or mushrooms as we more commonly know them as) which we can then harvest and eat.

Certain strains of mushrooms will only grow on very specific materials. Luckily however, the Pink Oyster mushroom, along with most other oyster mushrooms from the Pleurotus genus, will grow on a wide variety of substrates including hardwood sawdust and wood shavings, coffee grounds, straw and hay, paper, cereals and many other substrates. Pleurotus djamor is a very aggressive strain of mushrooms which is great for mushroom cultivators because it grows fast and is quite resilient to bacteria and environmental changes

If you would like to learn more about the specifics of substrate preparation, along with the role that various nutrients have for mycelium colonization and mushroom production then please visit our section on substrate preparation.

Find below some of the substrate mixes we’ve used in the past along with notes, pros and cons, and harvest information. You will find a link at the bottom of each of the tabs which will allow you to print off the substrate recipe cards in PDF format so you can have them to hand whilst preparing your substrate.

1. Sawdust + Coffee

Hardwood Shavings and Coffee Grounds + Gypsum

Poplar Hardwood Shavings: 10 parts
Poplar Hardwood Sawdust: 2 parts
Spent Coffee Grounds (wet): 5 parts

Gypsum: 1 part
Water: 12 parts

Notes: Easy to mix when dry, free readily available waste materials, little additional supplementation needed. Coffee grounds already pasteurised but need to be used that day or frozen for later use.


Total dry weight: 50kg (wet: 75kg)
Time to full colonization: 6 days
Time to first harvest: 17 days

Flushes: 3 Flushes
Total harvest: 45kg

2. Straw + Bran


3. Experimental


Pink Oyster Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Can Pink Oyster mushrooms be grown under LED lights?
  2. Can Pink Oysters be grown outside?
  3. What materials/substrates can I use to grow Pink Oysters on?
  4. When should you harvest pink oyster mushrooms?
  5. How long do Pink Oyster mushrooms last?
  6. How best to store Pink Oyster/Pleurotus djamor mushrooms?
  7. What’s the best way to cook/eat Pink Oyster Mushrooms?

Growing Conditions

Can Pink Oyster mushrooms be grown under LED lights? Yes. Growing Pleurotus djamor under blue led lights can actually increase the colour of the fruit-bodies. I’d recommend growing under natural light where possible however in order to maximise growth rates, flavour and overall quality.

Can Pink Oysters be grown outside? If you live in a warmer climate then pink oysters are the perfect mushroom to be grown outside. They are a tropical species and thrive in temperatures of around 20°C – 30°C.

What materials/substrates can I use to grow Pink Oysters on? Pleurotus djamor grow well on a wide variety of different substrates which makes them suitable for beginner cultivators. Most common substrates include pasturized wheat, cottonseed hulls, spent coffee grounds, sugarcane bagasse, paper by-products, peanut hulls, cardboard and hardwood shavings/sawdust etc.


When should you harvest pink oyster mushrooms? Pink Oysters are generally harvested quite early on, before they grow to maturity. Pink Oysters have a unique taste which many say resemble the taste of sea-food. This taste intensifies as the mushroom matures and can often be too strong and overpowering if they are harvested at maturity. The attractive bright pink colour is also more intense during early fruit-body development which will appeal to a larger market, the colour later fades as the mushroom develops.

Shelf-Life and Storage of Pink Oyster Mushrooms

How long do Pink Oyster mushrooms last? Pink oyster mushrooms are very delicate and unfortunately don’t last that long, they have a maximum shelf life of a few days and can be seen to degrade from as little as 12 hours after harvest. If you purchase pink oyster mushrooms, be sure to eat them that day. They taste best fresh from the market. When Pleurotus djamor degrade, they can give off a strong smell of urea so don’t leave them in the fridge for too long.

How best to store Pink Oyster/Pleurotus djamor mushrooms? Even though Pleurotus djamor’s are a tropical mushroom, after harvest they store well in a fridge. Cold environments can kill Pink Oyster mycelium when they are growing so make sure not to store your Pleurotus djamor agar petri-dishes or live cultures in the fridge.

Eating and Cooking Pink Oyster Mushrooms

What’s the best way to cook/eat Pink Oyster Mushrooms? The flavour of pink oyster mushrooms is said to resemble that of seafood, this flavour is enhanced during extended cooking. Eaten raw, or when eaten under-cooked, pink oyster mushrooms can have a slightly sour taste which is not very appealing.

Grow your own Pink Oyster Mushrooms!

There are many ways you can start growing your very own pink oyster mushrooms…

The Easiest & Quickest Method – Buy a Pink Oyster Mushroom Grow Box

Growing gourmet Pink Oyster mushrooms at home using one of our mushroom grow boxes/kits is the quickest and easiest way to start growing gourmet mushrooms at home. You can expect to get between 2-4 flushes/harvests per mushroom grow box with a total yield of around 10kg over the course of around 3-4 weeks.

All that you need to do is cut the bag as instructed, in order to give the mycelium some fresh air, then mist the cut area of the bag twice a day with water using the included misting bottle.

For each grow at home mushroom box we sell, we donate 1 box to a local school which they use for educational purposes.

From Start to Finish – Cultivating Mushrooms from a Spore Print