Mushroom Kit & Plug

Growing Instructions

Mushroom Kit Growing Instructions

Shiitake Mushroom Kit Instructions

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Step 1: Cold Shock
Put your new mushroom block in the fridge for at least 24-hours.  

Step 2: Open 
Take your block out of the fridge and give it a gentle hit on a hard surface to send a little shock through it. Take the block completely out of both bags and set it on a plate.  

*The brown spots on the block are normal. The block will turn almost totally brown before it is ready to produce. 

Step 3: Setup
Find a good spot for your block to live. An ideal spot would be on a counter top out of direct sunlight and away from drafts or heaters. Included in this kit is a humidity tent. Roll the opening of bag up and stand it loosely over your block. Mist the block and the inside of the humidity tent at least daily with a spray bottle.

 

*Ideal conditions for shiitake are high humidity (90%+) until the small mushrooms (pins) form. Once you have small mushrooms starting to grow the humidity can be dropped a bit lower (70%). You can do this by making sure it is very humid in the humidity tent for the first few days. You can stop misting once the small mushroom pins have started and even remove the humidity tent completely once the mushrooms are almost full grown.  

Step 4: Harvest
After a few days you should see mushrooms starting to grow all over the block. Pick when the caps start to open up and the gills on the underside of the cap are visible. It is best not to let the caps get completely flat.  

Step 5: Rest
Remove the humidity tent and stop misting the block. Let it rest and dry out for 2 weeks.

Step 6: Soak and Repeat
Dunk the block in a pot of cold tap water for a few hours or overnight. Set something heavy like a plate on the block to hold it under water. Follow steps 3 through 6 to keep growing. This block should give 2 - 4 harvests of mushrooms. Throw the block in the compost when it starts to fall apart or mold severely.

Lions Mane Mushroom Kit Instructions

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Step 1: Open
Open the paper bag and remove the plastic bag containing your mushroom block. Stand the block upright, filter side up. Find a white spot under the plastic where the mushroom is trying to grow. Slits near the top (filter) of the block work well. Cut two 1" slits to make a small 'x' on the block. Make 2-3 of these 'x' spots at least a few inches apart. Just cut through the plastic bag and keep the block inside of the bag.  


*Start with one 'x' near the top of the block. In a few days you may see a new white bump form somewhere under the plastic. Make a second 'x' cut there.
*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. 
 
Step 2: Place
Find a good spot for your block to live for the next few weeks. An ideal spot would be on a counter top or shelf in the most humid part of your house. Keep out of direct sunlight and away from drafts or heaters. The kit includes a separate plastic bag to be used as a humidity tent. Roll the opening of this bag up a few times like a pant leg and stand it over the block like a tent. 



Step 3: Care
Use a spray bottle to mist around the slits on your block and inside of the humidity tent. Misting daily should be plenty depending on the humidity of the environment.  

*The purpose of misting is to create a humid environment around the block and not necessarily to add water to the block. A light mist on the inside of the humidity tent and surface of the block should be plenty.

Step 4: Harvest
Now the exciting part! After 7-10 days you should start to see little mushroom pins starting to poke out of the slit in your bag. The actual mushrooms will take about one week to mature. While the mushrooms are actively growing mist multiple times a day to make sure the mushrooms do not dry out. Harvest when the mushroom starts to develop hanging icicle like structures. 

*To develop nice hanging teeth the humidity must be controlled pretty well. Try not to soak the mushroom itself with water too much when misting. Try to maintain around 85% humidity while growing. A light condensation on the inside of the grow tent is perfect.  

Step 5: Rehydrate
After you have harvested the mushrooms simply continue misting daily and within 3 weeks you should get an additional flush of mushrooms. If at any point the block seems really dry you can soak it in a large pot of cold tap water overnight to rehydrate it. You can get 2 - 4 flushes of mushrooms from this block. 

*You probably will not need to soak between the first and second flush of mushrooms. After the second flush try soaking for no longer than 8-hours.

Oyster Mushroom Kit Instructions

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Step 1: Open
Open the paper bag and remove the plastic bag containing your mushroom block. Cut a long slit on one side of the plastic bag from corner to corner. KEEP THE BLOCK INSIDE OF THE PLASTIC BAG.

Step 2: Place 
Find a good spot for your block to live for the next few weeks. An ideal spot would be in the most humid part of your house on a counter top or shelf. Keep out of direct sunlight and away from drafts or heaters. Stand the bag up and the mushrooms will grow from the slit.   

Step 3: Care
Use a spray bottle to mist around the slit of your block and prevent it from drying out. Misting daily should be plenty while you wait for mushrooms to appear. Mist a few times a day once mushrooms start to appear. If the environment around the block is extremely dry (winter) use the provided humidity tent. Set the tent over the block and mist inside the tent to create a humid environment. 

* Ideal humidity is 90% when the block is getting ready to pin and 70% as the mushrooms are growing. Try to maintain light condensation inside the grow tent. Remove the tent once the mushrooms are almost full size. 
* Do not put the block inside of an enclosure that will restrict fresh air. Oyster mushrooms require a fair amount of fresh air exchange to develop large caps. Limiting fresh air will cause long stems and small caps. 

 

Step 4: Harvest 
Now the exciting part! Typically between 1 - 3 weeks you should start to see little mushroom pins starting to poke out of the slit in your bag. Mist multiple times a day and make sure the mushrooms are not drying out. Thing move fast from here and in about 4 days you will have full sized mushrooms ready to pick and eat! Pick when the caps are big and open and before the caps fully flatten out and the edges of the caps start to crack. 

Step 5: Rehydrate
After you have harvested the mushrooms simply continue misting daily and within 3 weeks you should get an additional flush of mushrooms. If at any point the block seems really dry you can soak it in a large pot of cold tap water overnight to rehydrate it. You can get 2 - 4 flushes of mushrooms from this block. 

* You may not need to soak between the first and second flush. Try not to exceed 8 hours when soaking. 

Mushroom Plug Inoculation Instructions

Log Inoculation Instructions

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Step 1 - Find a log! Use fresh cut hardwood, oak works great. Logs that are 4" - 6" in diameter and 3' - 4' in length are best. 

Step 2 - Drill your holes. Use an 8mm drill bit and make holes approximately 6 inches apart  all over the log. 

Step 3 - Insert the plugs into the holes by tapping with a mallet. They should be a tight fit. Get them all the way in until they are flush.

Step 4 - Seal all of the holes with wax. Use paraffin, bees wax, soy wax etc. Melt the wax down and use a brush to seal over all the spots where a plug was put in. 

There are great resources and videos online for mushroom log inoculation. Search to learn more.