Guide to Mushroom Growing
Guide to Mushroom Growing
Who states that mushroom growing can be a complicated job? When you know what you are doing, any task can be simple breezy. Mushroom growing is like that. To grow mushrooms is not tough and the step by step process of doing so is simple at all.
This short article is not about where to grow the mushrooms or what to use as storage for already-growing ones. That is covered in some other post. This short article has to do with how to plant the spores or spawns, the "seeds" of the mushroom. Also included in this article are some practices on how to look after the mushrooms.
If you are a beginner, the best path to follow if you wish to grow your own batch of mushrooms is to buy a mushroom kit. Each kit is specialized, depending on what kind of mushroom you want to grow. This also enables you to read more about a specific mushroom, how it acts and the likes.
When you buy a mushroom package, the spawn might be of two types. It can be in flake kind or in bricks. The technique of planting also varies according to the type of spawn. If you are a novice, it is best to buy both and see which one would suit your preference best. To give you a concept how these two work, here is some partial information about the two techniques of planting mushrooms. Flakes are combined with the substrate or medium initially. You spread out a quarter of the mix over a location of 15 ft2. You need to cover the whole area of the mix if your location is large.
On the other hand, when you use bricks, you need to break the bricks into smaller sized pieces and plant these pieces into the medium, about 6 inches apart.
The actions after this are basically uniform for all species of mushroom. You need to maintain the moisture of the substrate so not to dry them out. Aside from this, you also need to place your planted mushrooms in a dry but dark place. The initial growth would be called the mycelia, the root-like kind of the mushroom. These mycelia would cover the entire plot. The next stage would be the pinning or the development of pin-like structures that would eventually end up being the mushrooms that you eat.
In order that the mushroom be at its maximum development, it is best to increase the temperature to about 650F. Constantly keep in mind to water the substrate twice in a date. But one thing to keep in mind, though, once the mushrooms have appeared, you should not water any longer till harvest. Whether the mushroom is still young or currently fully grown, it really does not matter when you want to gather them. It is actually in the choice of the grower when to collect the mushrooms.
When gathering, you ought to not simply choose the mushrooms. You need to use a knife to cut each mushroom from its stalk.