WHAT IS A MUSHROOM GROW KIT
A mushroom growing kit is essentially a pre-colonized “fruiting block” which has not yet been put into conditions that make it want to fruit mushrooms.Buy Mushroom growing Kit Tasmania.Magic mushrooms kits for sale Australia,where to buy Mushroom grow kit Online Hobart,Buy mushroom Tasmania
The mycelium covered block is typically contained in a mushroom grow bag, which can sit dormant for quite some time, especially if it’s kept cool in the fridge.
You can buy grow kits for a variety of different types of mushrooms, although some species make for better kits than others. One of the most common types of mushrooms you will find in a grow kit is Pleurotus ostreatus – the regular ol’ “oyster mushroom.”
Oyster mushrooms are pretty resilient to contamination, they fruit relentlessly, and they can grow on a whole whack of different substrates.
They are super tenacious, and can fruit mushrooms even if conditions aren’t picture perfect- making them an excellent choice for a kit.
Oysters also grow really quickly, which increases the chances of success. Most grow kits only require a few simple steps and minimal maintenance, although the chances of success and potential harvest size increases greatly if the mushroom block is properly prepared and placed in ideal conditions.
For a mushroom that’s as pretty as it is tasty, try growing Pink Oyster. This mushroom, which grows quickly in clusters, starts out in a vibrant coral pink color, then fades as it becomes ready to harvest. The mushroom caps will curl as it matures, after about seven days or so.
This kit, which comes on a “log,” has to be watered frequently, particularly as the growth picks up, but once they’re ready to harvest, get ready for a delicious mushroom that tastes a bit like seafood according to some spore connoisseurs.
FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS.Buy Mushroom growing Kit Tasmania.Magic mushrooms kits for sale Australia,where to buy Mushroom grow kit Online Hobart,Buy mushroom Tasmania
The instructions are dead simple, and really seem to cater to new growers who are unaware of the complex terminology involved in growing mushrooms.
Basically, scrape, soak and water.
In other words,
- cut a hole in the bag and rough up the mycelium,
- soak in water to re-hydrate and shock
- keep humid so that mushroom pins can form
One minor gripe I had was that the kit refers to the mycelium as “soil”. Although this is kind of a good analogy, it’s not at all accurate. But, considering most people buying these kits aren’t hardcore mushroom growers, I totally understand!
As per the instructions, I cut a small “x” in the front of the bag and scraped back some of the mycelium.Buy Mushroom growing Kit Tasmania.Magic mushrooms kits for sale Australia,where to buy Mushroom grow kit Online Hobart,Buy mushroom Tasmania
This “roughing up” of the outer layer reactivates the mycelium, and is helpful to initiate new growth and pinning.
I soaked the block face down in a bowl of water for 12 hours. The block floats, so if you wanted to, you could consider placing something heavy on top of the block to sink it. I opted to just let it float, in hopes of the block soaking up the water.
This is an important step.
Mushroom fruiting bodies are up to 90% water, and pretty much all of that moisture needs to come from the fruiting block itself. If your mushroom block does not contain enough water, it will fail to fruit, or quickly abort and new mushrooms that do form.