Mushroom Farm Lion’s Mane Kit
The lion’s mane mushroom is sometimes called the pom pom mushroom because of its unique, shaggy appearance. Hericium erinaceus is also referred to as the hedgehog or bearded tooth mushroom. It is a more challenging mushroom to grow, so we do not recommend it for beginners. Those new to mushroom growing may want to start with a shiitake or oyster Mushroom Farm.
How to use your Mushroom Farm
- Clean your hands first, then open the bag and remove any mushrooms growing on top of the block.
- Fold over the top of the bag and secure it with chip clips or similar fastenings. (We sell chip clips designed to size and specifically for this purpose at our store, but you can use other clips if desired.)
- Cut 2-3 one-inch long “x” shapes on the wide sides of the bag, and 1-2 on the short sides. Cut these slits in the lower half of the bag, where the bag is filled with substrate. These slits will allow the mushrooms to grow through the bag.
- Place the humidity tent (included in kit) over the bag.
- Place the entire kit/tent assembly on a dinner plate or pie plate and place it in an area of your home that receives direct sunlight.
- Mist the block 2-3 times a day with spring water, well water, rainwater, or boiled and cooled tap water. DO NOT use chlorinated tap water or distilled water.
- Look for mushrooms to start forming on the block in about a week, growing through the slits you cut earlier. If a mushroom forms inside the bag, you may cut an additional slit to free the mushroom.
- Do not mist the mushrooms directly while they are growing, as this may cause them to rot.
- Harvest your lion’s mane mushrooms when the tops take on a tan or light brownish color.
- After harvesting, continue to mist, and more mushrooms will form in about a week.
- Your lion’s mane farm will produce 3-5 flushes (crops).
The lion’s mane mushroom has been shown to be helpful in treating ulcers, inflammations, and even tumors, extending the life of cancer patients. It has also been used to treat gastric and esophageal carcinomas). It may be effective at treating Alzheimer’s, dementia, and stroke damage, and may also improve cognitive function and muscle coordination.