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Setting Up The Kit
Ready to get started? Let's open up that package and take out the plastic bag that's holding the mushroom block. Stand the block upright and find a good spot to make some small cuts in the plastic bag. You want to look for white spots where the mushrooms are starting to grow. Make a small "x" cut in the plastic over these spots, but keep the block inside the bag.
Start with one "x" cut and give it a few days. You might see a new white bump form somewhere else under the plastic. If so, make a second "x" cut there.
Find a Home for Your Mushrooms
Where will your shiitake mushrooms call home? Find a cozy spot for your block to live, like on a countertop away from direct sunlight and drafts. Don't forget to set up the included humidity tent! This will help create the perfect growing environment for your Lions Mane mushrooms.
Remember To Mist!
Our lion's mane mushrooms need some TLC to thrive. Use a spray bottle to mist around the "x" slits on your block and inside the humidity tent. We don't want to add too much water to the block, but we do want to create a humid environment. A light mist on the inside of the humidity tent and surface of the block should do the trick.
Lion's mane mycelium is very light and wispy. If you are expecting oyster mycelium you may think the block is not fully colonized, but it is!
Are you ready to see some little mushroom pins start to pop out of the slit in your bag? It should happen in about 7-10 days. The actual mushrooms will take about one week to mature. While the mushrooms are actively growing, mist multiple times a day to make sure they stay hydrated. Once the mushrooms start to develop hanging icicle-like structures, they're ready to harvest.
For nice hanging teeth, we need to control the humidity. Try not to soak the mushroom itself with water too much when misting. Aim for around 85% humidity while growing. A light condensation on the inside of the grow tent is perfect.
Rinse & Repeat
After you've harvested the first batch of mushrooms, don't worry, there's more to come! Keep misting daily and within 3 weeks, you should get another flush of mushrooms. If the block seems dry at any point, soak it in a large pot of cold tap water overnight to rehydrate it. This block can produce 2-4 flushes of mushrooms.