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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 or Golden Enoki mushrooms as successfully as possible:

 

Oyster's

 

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 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 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.

 

Golden Enoki

Step 1 - Remove the contents from the box.

 

Step 2 - (We recommend fruiting your Enoki's from the top of the bag instead of from the side for a bigger yieldWith a sharp and sterile - or very clean - knife, cut the entire top off of the substrate bag leaving about 2" of plastic above the substrate.

 

Step 3 - You can return the substrate bag to the box or simply leave it on a plate out of direct sun but in natural light. The ideal temperature for Golden Enoki mushrooms is 16 - 18°C for a slower growth resulting in firmer mushrooms or 18 - 20°C for a faster growing, slightly less firm fruits.

Step 4 - Use the mister provided to mist the top of the entire block a few times a day, keeping it nice and hydrated.

Step 5 - Harvest your Golden Enoki's when the whole top of the bag is showing majority of the mushrooms 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 to slowly lift big groups of the mushrooms from the bottom of their stems. You should find (with gentle care) that you can remove large clumps at a time until you have taken them all from the top of the block allowing a better chance for the next full 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!