Spiral grooved dowels specially manufactured from kiln dried sustainably sourced Schima Superba wood. Supplied un-inoculated, or blank, these dowels are perfect for creating high quality mushroom plug spawn.
Schima wood has two advantages over Birch (which is the standard wood for dowel production):
- It is much more dense therefore is less prone to softening and splitting when inoculated. This is especially important for aggressive mushroom species like Turkey Tail, which can quickly decompose Birch rendering the dowel difficult to inoculate
- Higher water absorption benefits all wood decomposing mushroom species, producing higher quality plug spawn with more vigorous mycelium as a result
Mushroom mycelium grows in circles; the mycelium colonises the spiral groove which inturn protects it from the shock of inoculation allowing it to recover much quicker when compared to standard straight dowels.
The dowels are soaked in water for 3 days then sterilised at 121 deg.C. for 1.5 hours. Unlike straight dowels they do not swell or change size after soaking and sterilisation, so an 8mm hole can be drilled making an exact and secure fit.