A basic guide on growing shiitake & oyster mushrooms with a spawn kit produced by Zoom Out Mycology.
Step 1: Buy a culture. This could come in many forms. If you're an advanced mushroom grower you might start with a spore print, spore syringe or an agar plate. If you're more of a beginner than a spawn bag can be the perfect place to start! Our spawn bags range between 3-5 lbs. Spawn is mycelium growing on a substrate, which is the food source and growth medium for the mycelium and then mushrooms.
What we sell: mushroom spawn bags for either fruiting or expanding into logs.
For the next step you’ve got options.
Step 2a: Fruit directly from the spawn bag
With your spawn bag you could fruit mushrooms directly growing roughly 1-2 lbs per bag. To do this, find a clean knife and a large plastic bag. Using your clean knife, cut a roughly 4 inch tall "X" on the face of the spawn bag. After cutting the X in the bag spray/mist the "X" with water. After misting cover with your large (preferably clear or translucent) plastic bag to hold in humidity. Do not seal up the spawn bag. Mushrooms need oxygen to breathe and fruit properly. They also release carbon dioxide (CO2) in their respiration process. Ultimately they can suffocate in a sealed environment.
Step 2b: Expand your spawn into a larger (bulk) substrate
First source a freshly cut or fallen(but healthy) log. Then, using a special drill bit (buy one here) made for mushroom projects, drill a 5/16th deep hole. Carefully open your spawn bag incase you don't use it all that day. Clean scissors work great. Then take your inoculation tool (buy one here) puncture the block with your inoculation tool forcing spawn up into the chamber. Then using your thumb or other palm press the button down over a hole drilled on your mushroom log.
Frequently asked questions:
What is inoculation?
How do you care for a mushroom log?
How much and how long do mushroom logs produce? Spawn bags?
How do you store logs while they’re growing? // Is there a specific way to place them?
Any special conditions needed for growth and or fruiting?
Do you have to water your spawn bag or mushroom logs?
You want to order a spawn kit but it may take you a few weeks to get my materials or get started. "How do I store my spawn bag?"
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