Anytime your kit isn’t producing mushrooms it’s likely one of three reasons:
One — It’s not receiving enough oxygen/air flow. This can be helped by removing the humidity tent after you see little buds/mushrooms emerging. Your humidity tent should also be set-up to allow for good air exchange, meaning it can’t cover the entire kit. The blocks have to breathe!
Two — You are either over- or under- misting your block. Humidity is key but over-misting can cause the mushrooms and the block to degrade.
Three — You’re outside of the ideal temperature range, which is between 55-75 degrees F.
Our kits are intended to be grown indoors. There is less temperature variance and pest pressure. There are seasons suitable for outdoor growth, like spring and fall in mild climates.
This is different for each species but an exciting part of the process!
Oyster mushrooms are ready when the clusters of mushrooms are large and the edges begin to flatten out.
Shiitake will have similar qualities to Oyster, but another great indicator is when you can see the blade-like gills under the cap. If you can see the gills your shiitake is ready to harvest, no matter how small. If you leave mushrooms on your block for too long they will start to drop spores, which are safe but messy.
For Lion’s Mane, you can harvest once the mushrooms are large enough (up to fist-sized!) and the spines/spikes are distinct and elongated.
A love for fungi, a spray bottle, non-chlorinated water, a plastic bag, and chopsticks (or something similar). These items are for misting your block and for building the humidity tent that is described in our instruction pamphlets as well as on our page about growing mushrooms.
Your block will start producing mushrooms in 7-14 days, depending on variety and your particular growing conditions.
Our blocks will produce for about 4 weeks. Once you are finished you can use your block as mulch/fertilizer for your garden, worm bin, or it can contribute to your compost bin. Some of our kits will produce multiple rounds of mushrooms.
All of our kits are approachable and we’re here to help, but the Lion’s Mane kit is our most advanced kit. This means it’s a bit less forgiving of an improper habitat, unlike Oysters that can grow almost anywhere!
We sell Wine Cap spawn which is great for outdoor gardening and you can also use our Oyster spawn in a similar way. All of our mushrooms are wood decomposers and thrive in beds of hardwood chips, sawdust and/or straw. We also sell mushrooms plugs that are designed to grow mushrooms out of hardwood logs.
Your mushroom growing kit is a living thing and is therefore intended to be started right away. If you are not able to start your kit within a week of receiving it, you can safely refrigerate your kit for up to 4 weeks.
The blocks are a colony of mycelium, a white thread-like fungus, growing on sterilized alder/hardwood sawdust, called substrate. Kits will have white mycelium, this is not mold. Substrate, serves as food for the fungus and provides the necessary nutrients to produce mushrooms, much like they would grow from a log in the forest. We buy our ingredients for the substrate from organic growers and verified naturally-sourced and non-treated sources.