When it comes to growing your own mushrooms at home you have two choices. You can either buy a pre-made mushroom box (with instructions included)  from your local plant centre or you can be brave, start from scratch, and do it all yourself.

Button mushrooms are one of the most commonly consumed mushrooms in the entire world and probably the best variety to try and grow at home. While they are the easy to find in your local supermarket, home grown mushrooms will always taste better.

So if you are going tp take the plunge and start growing mushrooms at home you will need:

1.  A 2ft x 3ft growing tray which is aproximately 6-8 inches deep.

2. Compost. Mushroom Compost is made from a mix of well rotted materials such as hay, straw, straw horse bedding, poultry litter, cottonseed meal, cocoa shells and gypsum. Sphagnum moss peat is then added to this so as to provide a consistent product. Be in mind that it may well be easier to buy some pre-made!

3. Mushroom spawn - this can be bought on-line or from good plant retailors.

4. Peat moss

5. A piece of wood or flat object

6. A water mister

7. Some old newspapers

To begin with, place the well-rotted compost into the growing tray and water. Be sure that the compost is completely wet - you want it moist not soggy.

Next, take 1 to 2 cups of the dry button mushroom spawn flakes and mix it into the compost. You’ll need to loosen the mixture and put it into loose piles in the tray. With a piece of wood or something flat press the compost and spawn mixture into the tray. Now let it set over night.

Keep the temperature between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 to 3 weeks, misting daily with your spray bottle.

Once you see white webbing on the surface of the soil you’ll need to apply a 1 ½ inch layer of moist peat moss and cover with a few layers of newspapers. The newspaper must be kept moist. Continue to evenly spray the newspaper twice daily. Maintain a temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

After 10 days remove the newspaper and continue to mist twice daily. In a few days you’ll see tiny white pinheads sprouting.

Once the button mushrooms reach your desired size you can pick them and new mushrooms will grow in 10 to 14 days. You’ll have an endless supply for 3 to 6 months using this method and then you’ll need to start the process again from step one.

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Grow Mushrooms said...

Nice step-by-step tutorial there. Mushroom kits are really the way to go for beginners to get started at growing their own mushrooms at home.

Jesson Parker said...

It's a nice post. It is a very good tutorial. The compost of the mushrooms are easily available because it made with rotten things, poultry litter etc. I think to grow mushrooms properly temperature and humidity control is very important thing.

Ruthie Butterbaugh said...

do you have to use peat moss and news paper? and or is there a substitute one can use

vandna gupa said...

The best part is that mushrooms can be grown at home with the help of mushroom kits. I tried oyster mushrooms by using medium prepared with sawdust and kept in damp here. It worked, I believe we can grow our own mushrooms with articles like this.

MS said...

You could not have described this process much simpler and to the point.
Did you know that used coffee grounds are an ideal medium to grow many kinds of mushrooms, including oyster mushrooms

TJ Maiangowi said...

What a source of knowledge the internet can be. I encourage all to feel free to experiment, and never be so afraid of failure that you don’t try something new. Yes, you might make a few mistakes along the way, but mushrooms are really a low-maintenance organism, and ultimately I have not the slightest doubt that you’ll be growing those mushrooms with hardly any effort at all. This takes a little careful overseeing, but other than that is really pretty easy to do, and it more or less makes itself. Good luck!

Mansoor Ahmad said...

It's a nice post with helpful good tutorial.Well, I'm going to reveal to you all the secrets of organic mushroom cultivation, no matter your starting level or whether you have no clue about it at all.

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