Glow-in-the-Dark Mushroom Growing Habitat Log 5" long and 2-3" in diameter. Perfect for Terrariums / Vivarium Applications
We have done all the work for you with this one, no need to find wood or get your hands dirty. All you have to do is let the log rest in a warm place for 4 to 8 weeks to finish its colonization period. Now you can create a whole ecosystem around your pre-inoculated mushroom growing log!
Your log isn’t just for decorative purpose; it plays an important role to help balance out your terrariums, or vivarium environment by raising humidity levels and filtering out toxins from the surrounding environment. The mushrooms growing on the log are also complementary by producing a slow release of carbon dioxide as they break down the log, which provides a perfect source of food for the plants that produce the needed oxygen for healthy plant life and ecosystems. It all makes for a lovely harmonious system just nature intend The Glowing Mushroom Panellus Stipticus is a basidiomycete that grows on wood and produces fruiting bodies similar to oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus spp.). This is one of the brightest glowing fungi that can be seen with the naked eye. It glows best when cultivated on oak logs like this one. Many species are luminescent, but most are only visible under a microscope or in very low-light conditions. The primordial pins and mushrooms themselves glow very brightly and can be easily observed in less than complete darkness. You will be amazed and delighted by this treat!
This is NOT a human-altered species. It is 100% Mother Nature.
Note: Luminescent mushrooms – unlike man-made luminescence – is not triggered by light. They actually glow 24-hours per day. It is just not possible for humans to see them glowing in the light of day.
The Panellus Stipticus needs to be kept in a dapple shaded and moist environment, without drying or exposure to excessively cool/hot temps and windy areas. Your log will generally fruit/colonize in temperatures between 65-80F. Once your log has begun to fruit, you can move it wherever you would like in your habitats for prime viewing. They will typically fruit in shelving clusters, the mushrooms themselves will be between a half inch and 1 ½ inches across. They are not poisonous, but… nor are they edible. Do not attempt to eat them – they are a novelty mushroom. They are safe for humans and all animals, including Dart Frogs and other creatures. Medicinally, they are known as a styptic (staunch bleeding)—thus Stipticus. [NB: a styptic stops or slows blood flow, as in a cut.] Foxfire is a curiosity, an educational project for children, and part of folk tales and cultural myths concerning elves, ghosts, and supernatural "cold" fires. "Foxfire” is the soft glow or light coming from the leaf-covered ground or dead wood in the forest. It has also been called "will-o'-the-wisp," “cold fire” or "faerie fire.” Foxfire is a part of many folk tales and cultural myths concerning elves, ghosts, and supernatural "cold" fires. On the suggestion of Benjamin Franklin, it was used as light in the Turtle, an early submarine. In the novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the characters of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer use foxfire as a source of light in order to dig a tunnel.
Early American Indians used them to make poultices for wounds because they have coagulating properties. The Greek philosopher Aristotle noted the "cold fire" light in many of his writings. The Roman naturalist Pliny mentions luminous wood in olive groves. In the 1780's it was thought that the glow was from microscopic animals. By 1800 descriptions from rotting mine timbers were showing a relationship between luminescent wood and fungi. In the 1850's the wood luminescence was confirmed to be fungal-caused and requiring moisture and oxygen. The first half of 20th century was dedicated to publishing lists of species capable of bioluminescence.
Glowing mushrooms are a bit of a mystery in the world of science. While the phenomenon can be explained, it is not really understood.
Product Packaging Dimensions: Width x Gusset x Height INCH: 8-1/4" (W) x 3-1/2" (G) x 11-1/2" (H) MILLIMETER: 210mm (W) x 90mm (G) x 290mm (H)
All you do is place the log into your selected environment, terrarium, vivarium, or other environment that supports warmth and humidity but also has adequate ventilation.
Your mushroom log needs rest and warmth to finish its incubation period before it will start to grow mushrooms; this is generally 1-2 months after receiving your log, the wait time can be shorter depending on when we inoculated the log and how well you maintain the log.
As your log ages the mycelium (fungus) of the mushroom will continue to colonize the log, producing more mushrooms and additional growth around the whole log and even the ends of the log making for a spectacular addition to your tank
Dec 22, 2017 by Jennifer Koon
Feb 8, 2016 by Natalia Karoway
Came in nice condition, hopefully it will grow!
Aug 27, 2015 by ye bai
Came nice and quick. Perfect size for my terrarium. Looking forward to watching it grow!
May 26, 2015 by RJBCrafts
Shipped quickly, cool kit, although I wish the instructions were a little clearer. Still waiting for them to grow after two months...