Working With Mushroom Cultures on Agar

Growing mushrooms from scratch requires being able to store and properly propagate mushroom cultures (think mycelium) on nutrient rich agar. For the mushroom cultivator, it is an essential skill. Properly transferring cultures allows you to “grow out” mushroom different species for the purpose of making grain spawn. It also allows for the ability to “clean” a culture that has been …

7 Tips for Beginner Mushroom Growers

New to growing mushrooms? If so, you may just be a little mystified – which is totally understandable. There is a ton of information to try and digest and make sense of. Terms like inoculation, agar transfers, laminar flow- what does all of this mean? And what of all this do I really need to know? I just want to …

A Mushroom Growers Guide To Preventing Contamination

Growing mushrooms from scratch requires a sterile environment, and sterile processes for repeated success. The hard work of transferring cultures on agar, inoculating grain jars, and making fruiting blocks can be ruined from a single mold spore. So how do you minimize the risk of pesky contaminates destroying your grow? You gotta keep it clean. This means knowing where contamination …

Mushroom Growing Kits – Complete Guide, Reviews and Top Picks

Buying a mushroom growing kit is by far the easiest way to start growing mushrooms at home. That’s because edible mushroom grow kits are totally beginner friendly- requiring almost no special skills, tools, or other equipment. Other than the mushroom kit itself, you probably already have everything you need at home. These easy to use mushroom kits allow new growers …

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Understanding Mushroom Substrates

Finding the perfect mushroom substrate for your grow- and getting the right substrate recipe- is one of the most important aspects of mushroom cultivation. New growers will quickly realize that growing mushrooms is significantly different than growing plants. Although the concept of a mushroom substrate can be thought of as somewhat analogous to the soil for a plant, the way …

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How To Build A Shotgun Fruiting Chamber (SGFC) in 5 Easy Steps

We like to pick mushrooms. Unfortunately, mushrooms themselves are picky – and getting mushrooms to fruit properly requires that we present them with ideal growing conditions. Building a Shotgun Fruiting Chamber (commonly referred to as an SGFC) is a quick and easy way to provide the perfect balance of fresh air and humidity that mushrooms demand. A shotgun fruiting chamber …

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The Best Books on Mushroom Cultivation

To see further, we stand on the shoulders of giants. Knowledge is power. Why try to reinvent the wheel when we can learn from the failures, successes, and triumphs of others? This applies to mushroom cultivation just the same. Every grower needs a few good mushroom books on their shelf. Growing mushrooms is a complex and intricate process, and having …

Mushroom Grow Bags: The Ultimate Guide

Mushroom grow bags are an essential tool for cultivation, both for the professional cultivator and the enthusiastic hobbyist. They can be used as spawn bags- in which the bags are used for sterilizing grain and propagating mushroom cultures- or, they can be used to create supplemented sawdust fruiting blocks for growing gourmet mushrooms. If you’re growing mushrooms, you’ll want to …

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The Complete Guide To Starting A Mushroom Farm

You want to be a mushroom farmer, and I totally understand why. Learning how to grow mushrooms for any reason can be extremely rewarding and engaging. They’re just so interesting! The more you practice growing mushrooms, the more there is to learn. Your journey will be long, because there’s an endless variety of new techniques and experiments to play with …

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Best Humidifier for Growing Mushrooms

One of the main paths to success for mushroom cultivation is maintaining the proper humidity at the right time of the mushroom growing cycle. Mushrooms can be up to 90% water, and require high levels of humidity in order to initiate pinning and promote healthy development. Too dry and your substrate will crack and be hesitant too fruit, and if …