Tue. Jul 5th, 2022

How to grow mushrooms at home?

In the previous article I talked about how to grow mushrooms in a laboratory, but there are many people interested in growing mushrooms at home. This article will give you the practical information on how to grow mushrooms at home.
Mushrooms are very simple plants to grow, they just need clean soil, fresh air, and warmth. Since mushrooms belong to the fungi family, they live in soil and can rarely be seen, so it’s very important to know how to cultivate mushrooms at home. So far it has not been proved whether a person can cultivate mushrooms at home or not. But I am sure you have read a lot about cultivating mushrooms at home from books you have bought from the bookstores. My opinion is actually quite different from those reports. Most of those books cannot offer you practical information on growing mushrooms, they just give you the general theory. In short, this article will try to tell you how to grow mushrooms at home.
In the first section I’ll give you a detailed description of growing mushrooms at home. The second part will talk about how to cultivate mushrooms at home.
Part I:Growing mushrooms at home
You may not agree with me, but in my opinion it’s not so difficult to cultivate mushrooms at home. My experiences are the following:

the mushroom cultivator: a practical guide to growing mushrooms at home
the mushroom cultivator: a practical guide to growing mushrooms at home

Mushroom Cultivation: Which Species and Substrates Do I Need To Grow Mushrooms?

The mushroom cultivation is not difficult at all, and the results are quite excellent. However, it is a more advanced technique than planting ordinary vegetables. Because it needs a fungus farm, so that there are enough fungus spawn for every farmer. Although the mushroom cultivation has been used for hundreds of years, the mushroom cultivators have not yet been translated into Chinese. Therefore most of you don’t know how to grow mushrooms at home. It is also one of the popular hobbies in China, but some beginners are misled by foreigners’ words and then lose their confidence . Before starting to learn how to grow mushrooms at home, you should know a little about this word itself: ‘mushroom’. Mushrooms are short-lived. In nature, they will often appear and disappear here and there. If you don’t know the mushroom, and perhaps even don’t like the mushroom, then it is better not to grow mushrooms at home. It will be difficult for you to get some good mushrooms if you didn’t like it in the first place. Therefore, we hope that you can look forward to eating a delicious mushroom dish someday!

the mushroom cultivator: a practical guide to growing mushrooms at home
the mushroom cultivator: a practical guide to growing mushrooms at home

Which Cultivation Method is Best For Me?

Mushroom cultivation is very difficult, but if you read about it properly, even if you don’t have much experience as a farmer, you can still learn how to grow mushrooms at home. Everyone is different. There is a saying in Chinese philosophy: ‘Different people likes different food.’ So there are many people who like to eat mushrooms; the mushroom cultivation may not be the best thing for everyone. But after some practice and experience, you will find out what your own abilities are and what kind of mushrooms your mushroom farm needs to produce.
After some time you may have a business mind and want to build a large-scale mushroom farm. If you are just starting, the best thing to do is to keep it simple by growing a small amount of mushrooms in your home. Perhaps an ideal situation for many people would be to grow shiitake mushrooms for their own consumption.

the mushroom cultivator: a practical guide to growing mushrooms at home
the mushroom cultivator: a practical guide to growing mushrooms at home

Fruiting Stage: How to Trigger and Maintain A Fruiting Cycle

The mushroom cultivation is not a simple process. It is like a chess game, the best players always win. The most important thing you have to do is to learn how to trigger the fruiting cycle and make it continuous. Because if you don’t perform cultivation properly and continuously, your mushrooms will become gray, gross and weak. Although a farmer’s instinct can be developed, there is no farmer who can cultivate mushrooms successfully. If you need something to eat, buy them from the market or supermarket. Mushrooms are expensive! They are a luxury!
1. The fruiting stage starts when the mycelium has entered the “veil stage”. You have to let the mycelium grow and develop in certain ways.
2. Don’t let the grain become too wet or the veil will break. And when it breaks, there is no way to cover up; you have to wait until another veil has grown on top of it.
3. Don’t let the grain become too dry. And when it doesn’t rain, water it.
4. Don’t let the rice field become too wet or too dry. Especially in winter, they have to be kept moist.
5. After you harvest the first fruiting, you have to put it in a dark place and wait for a certain period of time until another veil forms on top of the grain; this is called “dry-down”.
6. After the “dry-down”, you have to wait eight to ten days before the next fruiting.
7. You first have to grow the mycelium, then make a jar like this, cover them with a lid and put them in a dark room at room temperature: humidity is not important, but darkness is very important.

the mushroom cultivator: a practical guide to growing mushrooms at home
the mushroom cultivator: a practical guide to growing mushrooms at home