Agrocybe aegerita can be easily grown by complete beginners as long as you work hygienically and cleanly. Grows with slight losses in quality and yield even on simple substrates with 50% straw content. Best growing results with sterile substrate based on hardwood. Also well suited is my standard substrate recipe for wood decomposers. Tolerates drier climates (80-85%) and slightly higher temperatures than most cultivated mushrooms when grown indoors. Precise cultivation parameters can be found at the bottom.
A good fruiting strategy is to allow the mushroom only a few fruiting windows to stimulate clump formation. Taping the pouch often proves to be a good method to avoid air cavities into which the fungus would otherwise grow.
Pioppino is considered a notorious fast fruiter, forming fruiting bodies already on the Petri dish or only partially colonized substrates. The ripening phase, carried out by professionals, is the guarantee of maximum yield, but it must be carried out appropriately cool and in complete darkness. Pioppini are sensitive to fruiting stimuli such as light and fresh air, and do not tolerate well being moved too much during the incubation and ripening phases.
Give the culture air and light as soon as the first brown spots appear on the surface.
Unfortunately, the species is prone to mutation if the culture is improperly managed or the incubation period is too long. And also a favorite victim of fungus flies and slugs. It does not come close to oyster mushrooms in terms of yields, but is a fine delicacy if you harvest the mushroom before it screens.