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Shiitake Mushroom Kit Instructions
Your mushroom kit will arrive ready to fruit, so please follow instructions carefully to ensure success!
Storing Your Kit
If you are unable to give your mushroom kit the attention it needs right away, you can store it for a week or two in your refrigerator. Generally, the warmer it is the faster it will grow. Remember: your kit contains a living organism and it can die if you neglect it too long.
Fruiting Your Bag
- Strip the bag from the block using a pair of scissors and discard the bag.
2.Rinse the block with cold water.
3.Set the block on a terracotta pot or cookie drying rack. If the bottom of the block is on a solid surface it will grow mold. Set the bag somewhere you will see it often like the kitchen, laundry room or bathroom.
- Take a plastic grocery bag and poke slits all over the bag. Mist the block thoroughly and place the bag over the block. This will act as a humidity tent for your mushrooms. Mist with water 2-3 times a day to keep the block damp.
- Wait for the mushrooms to grow! This usually takes about a week or two. Make sure to regularly mist a few times a day. The mushrooms will begin “pinning” or “sprouting” from the block, humidity is critical at this time.
- Harvest time! Once the mushrooms are fully mature twist or cut them free from the block at the base of the stem.
Humidity: High humidity is essential for growing healthy mushrooms. Make sure you keep the block well misted. Mushrooms will not grow in a dry environment.
Light: Light quality is important and commonly overlooked. The best possible lighting is indirect sunlight through a window. You can also use florescent or LED lights.
Fresh Air and Temperature: The mushroom mycelium in your bag is alive! It needs to breathe oxygen and exhale co2 to survive. The ideal temperature is anywhere from 55-75F.
Parting Notes: Once your mushroom block starts producing, it will be at the peak of its production for the first 2 months. Eventually, though, your block will contaminate. This is normal. You may observe green or black mold, similar to what you would see on moldy cheese or bread. Once this happens, simply place it outside in indirect sunlight and keep it watered. It may continue to produce more mushrooms.
Good luck and happy shrooming! Have more questions? Contact Scott at email@example.com