Do you want to learn how to grow mushrooms? There are many different mushroom growing kits on the market that can get you started, but there are a few secrets that the kits don’t tell you. Besides the mushroom growing kit (or mushroom spores), you’ll need the following household items:
o electric fan
o spray mist bottle
o cooking oil spray
Set up the mushroom kit in a place where the temperature is stable. Depending on where you live and what your average daily temperature is, buy mushrooms in bulk you may want to experiment with different places to grow your mushrooms.
Don’t put your mushroom box directly in front of a window. Provide indirect light, but not direct sunlight. More light can cause certain mushroom caps to turn dark brown.
Mist the mushroom block daily with a spray bottle. Constant humidity is necessary for the mushrooms to develop and grow. If you live in a dry climate, you may need to mist more often. If your climate is already humid, you won’t have to spray as often.
Provide air circulation. Mushrooms need a lot of air to prevent carbon dioxide build up. Too much carbon dioxide will make your mushroom production stop, so don’t try and grow mushrooms in a small closet or an enclosed space.
Tip # 5:
When the veil that attaches the cap to the stem begins to tear, it’s time to harvest – usually after about 2 weeks in the light. Depending on your mushrooms, it may be when the mushrooms are the size of a marble or the size of an orange. Turn the block daily to check for harvestable mushrooms that may be hiding out. Gently twist and pull mushrooms from the block. Partial stems left on the block will rot, so do not cut them.
Tip # 6:
Problems with insects? Protect your mushrooms from insects by spraying the flaps of the growing box with cooking oil spray. The oil will trap and kill the insects before they reach your mushrooms.