Mushroom grow kits are fun easy ways to learn about mushrooms and watch them grow infront of you eyes.
This kit is a large 10lb bag and should give many large harvests compared to smaller 3-5lb bags other companies offer which give much smaller harvests.
All you do is cut into the bag, place the bag in a tote, mist the walls of tote with spray bottle and leave the lid adjar allowing some fresh air but keeping the humidity up. You can expect 2-5 harvests over the next month or two.
More in depth details below but in short it is as simple as that.
About the Bag and Substrate
The bag holds a hard wood based substrate that has been supplemented with oats and soy hulls(for extra nutrition) It is hydrated to propper levels, steam sterilized and inncolulated with Lions Mane mushroom culture.
The white filter patch at the top is a .5 micron filter allowing for gas exchange so the mycelium can exchange and get fresh air without the bag taking in a bunch of competitor fungal spores/bacteria, which may result in a contaminated bag.
HANDLE WITH CARE BE CAREFUL NOT TO BREAK THE FILTER PATCH OR BAG WHILE THE BAG IS COLONISING.
it is delicate, if you do break the patch or rip the bag by accident just tape the tear.
Lions Mane is a whispier mycilieum compared to Oyster so the bag sometimes looks like it is not fully colonised when it might actually be. A good indication when it is fully colonised is when you see mini Lions Mane mushrooms begin to grow at the top of the substrate bag. Try and begin the fruiting process just as this starts to happen ( or before this happens as it was actually already fully colonised)
Cut a small X (1"x1") into middle or bottom of bag where substrate is right tight against the bag, and place into fruiting conditions which will be somewhere AWAY from direct light,
room temp ( cooler is better than hot)
The most crucial thing for fruiting conditions is somewhere not to dry as the mushrooms will dry out, so its best to use a humidity dome.
An easy humidty dome is a plastic tote with the lid left cracked open. Mist the block and walls of your humidty dome a couple times a day. You don't want a pool of water collecting on the bottom, but you don't want the walls or bottom to be completely dry either, if they are dry, mist a little more, and don't leave lid so wide open. If it looks too wet in there try misting less and leave the lid more open. (see links at bottom for examples and feel free to explore the internet for more ideas)
After 1-2 weeks you should see the Lions Mane forming and pushing out from your cut.
However, it is common for mushrooms to grow whereever they want and will often grow near the top of the bag, if so that is fine you can let them grow there, just cut the bag open so they have room to grow.
It will grow in size over the next couple weeks to as much as over 2lb for the 1st flush. You can get about 3-5 seperate fruiting cycles. After the 2nd or 3rd harvest you will want to rehydrate your block to get higher yield for next mushroom flushes.
Some people say to soak the block in a bucket of water but, I recommend using a flavor injector syringe (can be purchased seperately with kit for $5) Just inject water everwhere into the substrate until the block feels heavy again or stops absorbing the water.
Harvest the mushroom just before or when the mushroom starts deveoping its spikey tooth shaped pores( where the spores will drop out from)
Store in fridge in paper bag for 1 week or dehydrate for long term storage.
Finishing The Grow Kit
After 3-5 harvests your block might start looking a little sad, green, or attract fruit flies. Put your spent block in your compost, or mix into garden soil where it can then give benefictial organics to your soil. There are so many benefits to adding this to soil, you can read more on this on the " Spent Substrate Compost Product" Page
*Mushroom video instruction links*
Another grow kit company, They have really good instructions and videos so make sure to check it this one out. https://growmushroomscanada.ca/mushroom-grow-kit-instructions/
With this monotub method you can either leave your mushroom bag in tub and fruit from the bag Or try and expand your mushroom block into more bulk substrate. This is where you break up your mushroom fruiting block into small pieces and mix it with pasteurized straw wood chips saw dust etc in hopes your block will colonize more material and give you bigger yields, def more for the advanced grower and you should learn how to just fruit your mushrooms first from bag. You could also just try using an unmodified tub, and take the lid off and fan the inside a few times a day when you re mist tub.
Another good vid for oysters
Eventually you may want to try a real legit style grow tent with actual humidifier and intake outtake air fans https://youtu.be/VQKJZCzKiOw
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