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Grow Kit Instructions

Happy Growing!

These instructions apply to all of our mushroom grow kits. The set-up and continued care are the same for all varieties except for Reishi, which comes with its own set of instructions.

Included in your package:

  • 1 bag of organic, sterilized substrate and mushroom mycelium
  • 1 piece of plastic sheeting (this will act as a humidity tent)
  • 1 misting bottle
  • 1 instructions sheet

What you’ll need:

  • Tape
  • Sharp clean knife
  • A couple of ounces of tap water

Site selection:
Mushrooms need 4 things in order to grow properly; light, humidity, proper temperature, and air exchange.

  • You’ll only need about a cubic foot of counter space and temperature between 55 and 75 degrees. The built-in humidity tent and the misting will take care of their moisture requirements.

  • Normal indoor lighting is fine, they’re not picky about lumens or UV. Most of our customers put them on their kitchen counter. Turning the light off at night is not an issue. Just make sure they’re not cooped up in a cabinet or elsewhere without proper airflow. 

Set Up: (should take about 2 minutes)
  • Open the box right side up, remove the grow bag without breaking apart the substrate inside. Some may be loose, this is normal and will recolonize (just smoosh it back together as much as possible and wait for 2 days before continuing) 

  • Observe your grow bag, if you notice any foul odors or weird colors (green, orange) send us some photos, there’s a chance it was mishandled in transit. (This is where the guarantee comes in handy!) Your mushroom block should have healthy white mycelium running through the moist brown substrate, and a very faint sweet mushroom/wood smell.
  • Tuck the excess of the bag tightly underneath while placing it back in the box upside down (the side on which the substrate is most flush with the plastic should be facing up.)
  • Try your best to keep the plastic nice and snug around the mycelium block. Gaps between the X substrate and plastic are a perfect environment for baby mushrooms to grow and get trapped! (not good but also not the end of the world, more on that below) The goal is to get them to grow out of the cut you’ve made and not underneath the plastic.
  • Cut an X in the plastic about 2.5-3 inches. Cut with enough pressure to also cut about a half inch into the substrate below the plastic. You don’t want to make the hole any larger than 2.5-3 inches to avoid drying out the substrate (this is the most common mistake)! You don’t need to pull apart the flaps to “open” them, the mushrooms will still sense the fresh air. Pulling apart the flaps might lead to your substrate drying out more. 
  • Stand up the box flaps by taping them together and lay plastic sheeting over top to create humidity tent. The plastic sheet should be secured with tape to prevent disturbance. 
  • Mist the area under the X cut in the bag. Spritz the substrate, grow-bag plastic, and underside of the humidity tent to create a humid environment within the tent.

Continued care:
  • Continue misting 2-3 times a day. Use about a tablespoon of water per misting session. If you see puddles accumulating, you’re misting too much. All of the moisture that the mushroom needs is already inside the bag. You just want to maintain that moisture and prevent it from drying out. There is no need to completely soak the surrounding cardboard or mushrooms.
  • The mycelium will form baby mushrooms or “pins” within two weeks. Once they have “pinned” they will grow quite quickly from there and will be ready in 3-8 days.
  • If you see some baby mushrooms forming under the plastic, it may be best to set them free with a small incision in the plastic. Typically they will find their way out on their own, but you will see quicker results if you liberate them. Important- Cutting apart the plastic excessively or removing the whole top of the plastic will increase your chances of the substrate drying out and discontinuing to produce, this is not recommended! If you choose to free the mushrooms, keep the cuts small—under 2 inches.
  • As soon as the baby mushrooms form, remove the humidity tent and tape down the flaps of the box to promote more airflow. At this stage they will need less misting and more fresh air to develop big meaty caps and dense clusters. It’s the most important step for developing aesthetically pleasing clusters. Important- The humidity tent is only for the “pinning” process. Once your baby mushrooms have formed, take down the tent and cardboard flaps as soon as possible or your mushrooms will be suffocated. Its best to err on the side of too early rather than too late.

       

      Later care (by species):

      Blue, Gold, and Pink Oyster

      • Continue misting the baby mushrooms directly and lightly around the bag to promote humidity

      • Oyster mushrooms grow extremely quickly, don’t blink! They should be ready to harvest in roughly 4-5 days after pinning

      • Your mushrooms can come in many hues. For example, blue oyster mushrooms will be a dark indigo color if grown at temps in the high 50s-mid 60s. If grown approaching 80 degrees they can be more of a light gray/blue.

      • You’ll want to harvest your oyster mushrooms before the caps begin to flatten out.

      • To harvest, simply grab the cluster firmly by the base and twist/rock it back and forth until it pops right off.

      • Remove any leftover mushroom material from the fruiting hole.

      • Mist the fruiting hole and re-erect the humidity tent.

      • Start back at the “continued care” section and repeat!

      • You can expect a couple of harvests that decrease in size each time.

      • The average amount of harvests for the oysters is 2.5, but customers regularly report up to 6

      • After that you can use your “spent” kit along with our expansion bundle to continue growing mushrooms without having to buy a whole new kit. (This expansion ability is exclusive to the oyster mushrooms)

      Lions mane & Coral Tooth

      • Continue misting your baby mushrooms, but not directly. Leave some distance between the spray bottle and the mushroom to avoid soaking it. About 2 feet of distance does the trick!

      • Direct misting can cause some yellowing/browning.

      • Your mushrooms will grow quickly from the pinning stage. You can expect them to be ready to harvest in just about a week.

      • You’ll notice as it reaches full size it will start to drop “hairs”

      • You’ll want to harvest the mushroom when the hairs reach about 1/8 of an inch long.

      • To harvest, grab the whole cluster/ mushroom and twist/rock back and forth until it pops right off.

      • Remove any leftover mushroom material from the fruiting hole

      • Mist the fruiting hole and re-erect the humidity tent.

      • Start back at the “continued care” section and repeat!

      • You can expect a couple of harvests that decrease in size each time. The average is 2.5 harvests, but customers regularly report up to 6

      • After your kit is spent, you can compost the substrate or mix it into a garden bed. Plants love it and you may even get some more mushrooms!

      Pioppino

      • Continue misting your baby mushrooms, but not directly. Leave some distance between the spray bottle and the mushroom to avoid soaking them. About 2 feet of distance does the trick!

      • Your mushrooms will grow quickly from the pinning stage. You can expect them to be ready to harvest in just about 6 days

      • You should harvest your Pioppino as veil (the membrane connecting the cap to the stem of the mushroom, covering the gills) begins to break.

      • To harvest, grab the whole cluster/ mushroom and twist/rock back and forth until it pops right off.

      • Remove any leftover mushroom material from the fruiting hole

      • Mist the fruiting hole and re-erect the humidity tent.

      • Start back at the “continued care” section and repeat!

      • You can expect a couple of harvests that decrease in size each time. The average is 2.5 harvests, but customers regularly report up to 6

      • After your kit is spent, you can compost the substrate or mix it into a garden bed. Plants love it and you may even get some more mushrooms!

      You’ll notice as the mushrooms mature they begin to lose their firm texture. If you allow them to grow for too long they will release spores into the air (a respiratory irritant for some) and their flavor, shelf life, and appearance will quickly deteriorate. We strongly recommend you harvest on time for these reasons.
      Please visit our website and social media pages for loads of photo examples of what your mushrooms should look like upon harvest. Also feel free to send us some photos and we can let you know if its time!

      Remember when trying new foods for the first time that some people may have allergies that they are not aware of!

      If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please reach out to us on Instagram, Facebook, or via email hello@nearbynaturalsfl.com
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