Your next harvest, which is expected to be about 50% of the size of the first harvest, will not come as quickly as the first. If your first harvest was smaller than expected (less than .5 lbs), you can typically expect that the first pins didn’t set properly and the second to be larger than the first.

In between flushes there is a resting time of about one to two and a half weeks depending on variety. The mycelium regroups, digests a bit more of the nutrients, then goes for another “bloom”. Gold Oyster tends to be the most unpredictable, but also tend to produce the most subsequent harvests.

If you’ve kept your grow kit in appropriate conditions and kept the fruiting hole moist throughout the process and after your first harvest, your grow kit will likely start again automatically. This is typically the case, but if you’ve neglected it a bit its ok! If you’ve already harvested and you’re still waiting on your second harvest for longer than 2.5 weeks, it is time to try to stimulate growth.
Fig. 1: Baby gold oyster mushrooms peeking through the leaf litter. the mushrooms enjoy the microclimate beneath the leaves, but not too deep or they cant find their way out!
Fig. 2: Adolescent gold oyster mushrooms, ready to harvest in a day or two!

Indoor Method

This involves rehydrating the substrate block to give the mushrooms a drink and prepare them for continued growth.

-Using scissors, cut the bag along the top seam, above the white filter patch, but keep the bag intact as much as possible.
-Remove the block from the bag and submerge it in cold water to rehydrate. Leave it there for about 30 minutes.
-Remove the block and allow it to drip for a few minutes, then put it back in the bag.-Fold over the excess plastic as tightly as you can and line up the original fruiting hole with the opposite side of the block from your initial fruiting.
-Make sure to strain any excess moisture from the bag after this soaking process, standing water within the bag can breed bacteria or other fungi.
-Tape the bag tightly around the block while keeping that fruiting hole in the desired location and place it back into the box with the faceplate lined up with the fruiting hole as it was before.
-Scratch the surface of the block with a fork a bit to rough up the substrate through the fruiting hole.
-Put your humidity tent back up (using the flaps of the box and the humidity barrier) and continue as you did with your first harvest!