Mushroom Grow Kits

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Grow 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), Golden Enoki or Reishi mushrooms as successfully as possible:

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Oysters

 

Step 1- Open one side of the box and remove the growing block.

Step 2- Stand the box on its end so the opening is to the side.

Step 3- With a sharp, very clean blade, cut an ‘X’ where marked on the bag and place it back in the box with the ’X’ facing outwards. Place your kit in the room out of direct sunlight.

​Step 4-  Use the mister provided to mist the area around the cut (not directly on the slit) and inside the box three times a day to maintain humidity. The ideal temperature for growing Oysters mushrooms is 16-18°C. It is best to boil and cool the water first.

​Step 5-  Your mushrooms are ready to pick when the edge of the mushrooms flatten out. When the edges begin to curl upward, they are starting to go past their best.

Step 6-  Harvest your mushrooms by pulling off the entire bouquet using your fingertips, and slowly lifting the mushrooms away from the bottom of their stems. You should find that with care you can remove full clumps at a time, working them free from the substrate and allowing a better chance for the next yield. Prepare your mushrooms by trimming the base free of substrate before use.

Afterwards  You can now soak the growing block in a bucket of cold water overnight, drain well, then set up as before (maintain high humidity) and wait for your next flush. You can do this once or twice; then break the block up and add it to your garden to enrich the soil.

Lion's Mane

Step 1 - Remove the contents from the box.


Step 2 - With a sharp, clean knife, cut a slit in the bag on the black 'X' as marked and place the block back in the box with the slit exposed through the open end of the box facing to the side.


Step 4 - Place the box out of direct sun but in natural light. The ideal fruiting temperature for Lion's Mane is 16 - 18°C, cooler is better..


​Step 5 - Use the mister provided to maintain a high humidity by spraying inside the bag provided two to three times a day. It’s a good idea to boil and cool the water first. Remove and replace the bag over the whole kit each time you do this and ensure a 2” gap at the bottom. This will provide fresh air exchange as these mushrooms require high humidity and fresh air. Once the fruiting body starts to appear, do not spray directly onto the mushroom as this can introduce bacteria.


​(SIDE NOTE)- if the substrate in the kit starts to look white in colour, this is not mould but the mycelium beginning to populate.


​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 Oyster Mushrooms which will grow out and up.


​Step 7 - Harvest the mushroom ‘fruit’ by gently lifting and working the entire body free of the substrate when its colour goes from a pink tinge to white/ivory. As it gets older the colour will change to slightly yellow on top.

 

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

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Hen of the Woods - Maitake

Step 1 - Remove the growing block from the box.

Step 2 - Cut the top of the bag off entirely, just above the filter patch (the white square) and place the bag on a plate, open side up.

Step 3 - Position the kit out of direct sun but in natural light.

  The ideal fruiting temperature for Maitake mushrooms is 12 - 18°C.

​Step 4 - We have provided a clear bag to place over the entire kit to maintain a humid environment. Boil some water and let it cool first; then use the mister provided to mist inside the bag daily. Wait for a grey sponge like texture to appear on the surface of the growing block.

​​Step 5 - Don't panic! Maitake take longer to fruit than other mushrooms so it could be a few weeks before they show signs. During the early stages of development small black dots will appear on the grey sponge – like texture that has formed. It’s one of the most interesting things we've seen-; it looks like the eyes of a spider.

These dots will grow and form into a fruiting body (mushroom).

​Step 6- Harvest your mushrooms when the caps have turned from dark brown to a light chestnut brown and the 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.

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

Golden Enoki

Step 1 - Remove the contents from the box.


Step 2 - Carefully cut 4 slits in the bag 2” above the level of the growing substrate as marked on the bag, 2 on each side.


Step 3 - Stand the bag back in the open box on its own with the filter patch up and place out of direct sunlight.


​Step 4 - Use the mister provided to mist once a day to maintain humidity in the box. The ideal temperature for growing Golden Enoki mushrooms is 15°C.


​Step 5 - Harvest your Golden Enokis when the mushrooms are about 1" - 4" tall and there is a visible change in the caps from rounded to flat. To do this, cut the top off of the bag, take both hands, using your finger tips, and slowly lift groups of the mushrooms away 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

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​Repeat this process for 2 or 3 more times for another few harvests; in our experience they keep on giving!

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 box (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 and worms love them!