Grow Your Own

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Growing Kit Information

So you've got a grow kit? Great news! Follow these instructions in order to to grow your own Oyster, Lion's Mane, Hen of the Woods (Maitake) or Golden Enoki mushrooms as successfully as possible:

 

Oysters

 

Step 1 - Remove the contents from the box.

 

Step 2 - Carefully cut out the square on the side of the box along the dashed lines and replace the bag to the box.

 

Step 3 - With a sharp and sterile (or very clean) knife, cut a big cross in the bag visible through the hole.

 

Step 4 - Set the box on a plate, out of direct sun but in natural light. The ideal temperature for Grey Oyster mushrooms is 16 - 18°C and slightly warmer at around 18 - 20°C for the Pink and the Yellow Oysters.

Step 5 - Use the mister provided to mist the cut square twice a day (keep them nice and hydrated) and wait for tiny mushrooms to appear.

[side note - if the bag inside starts to look white in colour, this is not mould but the mycelium beginning to populate. Mycelium is the network of fungus, similar to roots, which is visible before the fruiting stage]

Step 6 - Harvest your mushrooms by gently lifting, twisting and pulling the entire bouquet when the edges of the mushrooms go from curved to flat.

Repeat this process for a 2nd - 3rd time for another one or two harvests, although the yields will be slightly smaller. After your first pick of mushrooms, you CAN (but don't have to) move your grow kit outside provided it doesn't get wet. The mushrooms produced in the fresh air may be darker in colour, may look different to the first pick but are just as tasty!

 

Lion's Mane

Step 1 - Remove the contents from the box.

 

Step 2 - Carefully cut out the square on the side of the box along the dashed lines and replace the bag to the box.

 

Step 3 - With a sharp and sterile (or very clean) knife, cut a small 1" slit in the bag visible through the hole.

 

Step 4 - Set the box on a plate, out of direct sun but in natural light. The ideal temperature for fruiting Lion's Mane is warm at around 18 - 24°C.

Step 5 - Use the mister provided to mist the cut square twice a day (keep it nice and hydrated) and wait for a small pink-ish/white ball to appear.

[side note - if the bag inside starts to look white in colour, this is not mould but the mycelium beginning to populate. Mycelium is the network of fungus, similar to roots, which is visible before the fruiting stage]

Step 6 - Consider putting your grow kit on the end of a shelf as the Lion's Mane will grow out and hang down to fruit (like icicles) as opposed to the Oyster's which will grow out and up.

Step 7 - Harvest your mushroom by gently lifting, and working the entire body free of the substrate when the 'hair's' are between 1" - 2" long and the mushroom is completely white in colour. As it gets older the colour will change to slightly yellow on top.

Hen of the Woods - Maitake

Step 1 - Remove the contents from the box.

 

Step 2 - Carefully cut out the square on the side of the box along the dashed lines and replace the bag to the box.

 

Step 3 - With a sharp and sterile (or very clean) knife, cut a small cross in the bag visible through the hole.

 

Step 4 - Set the box on a plate, out of direct sun but in natural light. The ideal temperature for Maitake mushrooms is 13 - 18°C.

Step 5 - Use the mister provided to mist the cut square twice to a few times a day (keep them nice and hydrated) and wait for a grey sponge like texture to appear.

[side note - if the bag inside starts to look white in colour, this is not mould but the mycelium beginning to populate. Mycelium is the network of fungus, similar to roots, which is visible before the fruiting stage]

Step 6 - Don't panic! Maitake take a while longer to fruit than the other mushrooms so it could be up to a few weeks before they show signs. During the early stages development small black dots will appear on a grey sponge like texture that should have already formed - one of the most interesting things we've seen, it looks like the eyes of a spider.

Step 7 - Harvest your mushrooms when the caps have turned from dark brown to a light chestnut brown and majority of the caps are the same size. You can do this by gently lifting, and working the entire body free of the substrate with both hands.

 

Golden Enoki

Step 1 - Remove the contents from the box.

Step 2 - Carefully cut out the square on the side of the box along the dashed lines and replace the bag in the box.

 

Step 3 - With a sharp and sterile - or very clean - knife, cut a big cross in the bag visible through the hole.

Step 4 - Use the mister provided to mist the cut square twice to few times a day, keeping it nice and hydrated. The ideal temperature for Golden Enoki mushrooms is 16°C (for slower growth/firmer mushrooms) to 20°C for faster-growing, slightly less firm fruits)

Step 5 - Harvest your Golden Enokis when the majority of the mushrooms are about 1" - 1.5" tall and there is a visible change in the caps from rounded to flat. To do this, take both hands and, using your finger tips, slowly lift groups of the mushrooms from the bottom of their stems. You should find that with gentle care  you can remove full clumps at a time, working them free from the substrate and allowing a better chance for the next yield.

Repeat this process for a 2nd / 3rd / 4th / 5th time for another few full harvests, in our experience they keep on giving!

Enjoy your mushrooms by trimming the base free of the substrate and cooking to your taste. 

Post-use outdoor planting instructions

When you're finished with growing your kit indoors it is best to find a (preferably) shady spot in your garden or flower bed to plant it.

 

(If these mushrooms grow into full sunlight then they will quickly dry out)

 

Take the kit out of the box, dig a hole to fit the box into, then soak the box with water. Take the growing kit out of its plastic sleeve and place it into the wetted bo - wet cardboard is a good source of food for the mycelium. Then you can close the wet box and cover everything with an inch of soil. The mushrooms take awhile to establish but will come through when the conditions are right, and remember that slugs love them!

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