Care of your Mushroom Shack Mushroom Farm™ growing kit
Not all ’shrooms are created equal.
When you receive your Mushroom Shack Mushroom Farm please read the instructions carefully included with your kit. Often, different types of mushrooms require different forms of care, so a few extra minutes of reading may pay off in a more satisfying growing experience. For example, it is a popular misconception that mushrooms require total darkness to grow. In fact, some mushrooms will fruit and grow best in a darker area, while others prefer full or indirect lighting.
Designate a space for your kit.
It’s important to establish an area where the kit can remain undisturbed until harvest time. This could be your kitchen counter, a small corner of an apartment or even a basement, provided some light is available when needed. Again refer to your instructions for the best places suggested for proper mushroom growth.
It’s time to get started.
Carefully open the mushroom kit and follow the instructions for initial watering and cover with the humidity tent included in the kit. Most Mushroom Farms can be kept at, or around room temperature.
If you can, it’s best to check your mushrooms every day. You should see the first mushrooms appearing in about a week, but again, check your manual, as some varieties can take up to a month. We take pride in the quality of our kits. If your kit doesn’t produce in this time frame, we will replace it for free.
Watch your moisture levels.
Not all Mushroom Shack Mushroom Farms are created equal. Most kits require daily misting, keeping the kit medium moist, while some others require them to be drier. Moisture is an important factor so make sure not to overwater as this could cause the early primordial to abort and reduce the amount of mushrooms produced or stop completely.
Time for harvest!
When your mushrooms have reached the desired size, it’s time for harvest. Harvest the mushrooms using a clean, sharp knife to cut the stems flush with the block. A sterile scalpel is the tool of choice for performing this task but some rubbing alcohol and scissors will do just fine. This is mainly because you don’t want to contaminate your next crop of mushrooms.
It isn’t over after the harvest!
Continue to care for the Mushroom Farm as directed. Most kits will provide three or more additional flushes of mushrooms after the initial harvest. Most of all have fun and enjoy what we like to call “nature’s most perfect food”
Is that all?
No! When you are sure that your Farm is completely spent you can even plant some of them into your garden. Since all Mushroom Farms are sterile organic material they also make perfect additions to your compost pile.