growing mushrooms from a box


For Christmas this year my sister got me a mushroom grow box for oyster mushrooms.  I have seen these available before but never bought one to try.  The instructions are easy to follow.

  1. Pull tab off of one side of the box
  2. cut an X in the plastic bag and scrape off the white fungus mat to expose the darker growing medium. (looks like saw dust)
  3. soak bag in water for 12 hours
  4. Place plastic bag back into cardboard box.
  5. place in a spot with good light.
  6. Mist daily and you will have mushrooms in 10 days to harvest.

It sounds simple enough to do. Also according to the manufacturer of the kit if you share a picture of your grown mushrooms on their facebook page then they will donate one kit to an elementary of your choice.  Sounds like a great deal to me.

Mushroom kit in the box.
Mushroom kit in the box.
Cardboard square pulled out and ready to have X or a + cut into the plastic.
Cardboard square pulled out and ready to have X or a + cut into the plastic. You can see the fungal mat of white through the plastic.
+ cut into the plastic and the white fungal mat scrapped back to the sawdust.
Cut into the plastic, and scrape the white fungal mat back to the sawdust.
Mushrooms starting to pop out.  This is less then 24hrs from when they first started showing on the sawdust.
Mushrooms starting to pop out. This is less then 24hrs from when they first started showing on the sawdust.
Fast growers.  I wish my veggies would grow like this
Fast growers. I wish my veggies would grow like this.
And the final growth with Katy the mushroom farmer
And the final growth with Katy the mushroom farmer

From start to finish it took 9 days to get them this big.  Not bad for a crop of mushrooms.  Tomorrow will be cooking day with them.  Then I will mist them and see if any more mushrooms grow on this side.  If not I will cut the plastic on the other side and start the process again.  Overall I am impressed with the ease in which these grow.  Katy loved spritzing them with water morning and night.

 

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