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Pink Oyster Mushroom


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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.

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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

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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

4 thoughts on “Pink Oyster Mushroom”

  1. Will pink oyster mushrooms grow on softwood? I have an abundant supply of pine sawdust shavings and sawdust which I was hoping to grow mushrooms on. I was thinking pink oysters would be the best mushroom to start with?


    • Hi Steven,

      Certain strains of oyster mushrooms which grow on softwoods can be poisonous.

      In general, few mushrooms grow well on softwood, especially true for resinous woods like pine. The sap from pine and most other softwoods contain a natural fungicides which prevent mushrooms from growing on them.

      In nature this is used to help stop mushrooms from growing on trees when their bark has been exposed or otherwise damaged. Its a natural defense mechanism of softwood trees.

      Mushrooms will grow on them, but not very well, so don’t expect a high yield.

      I’d be interested to hear about your results if you ever did some experimentation. Let me know if you have any further questions, thanks, Paul.

  2. Hi! 🙂 I would like to ask if you know what could be the shelf life of pink oyster mushrooms if I boil it first in water and lemon juice, drain, put together with vinegar and olive oil then do a water bath canning process? TIA

    • Hi Kritz,

      Thanks for your comment. That’s quite a specific question, and not one I could answer fully.

      Mushrooms can be canned quite easily, but lose much of there taste as a result and their nutrition value is lowered when boiled in water due to nutrients being leached into the water. The pink oyster mushrooms lose quite a lot of their colour when cooked so your canned mushrooms aren’t going to look as appealing as fresh mushrooms.

      But to answer your question, the shelf life of any canned food can be years. Mushrooms would be no exception to this rule. By heating the mushrooms to an extreme heat, you’ll kill off any micro-organisms and bacteria there live within the produce, so assuming no oxygen is present and you’ve heated the mushrooms to a high enough temperature, you could expect many years shelf-life, if not decades.

      Chitin (the long-chain polymer found within the cell walls of fungi) is very tough and not easily broken down, so whilst the canned mushrooms aren’t going to have the same texture as fresh mushrooms, they will stand up to the boiling and canning process a lot better than most other foods.

      I hope this is of some help? Let me know if you have any more questions, more than happy to help.

      All the best,


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