Congratulations on your new mushroom grow kit!
The basic fundamentals to growing any mushroom grow kit is humidity, temperature, and fresh air. Most varieties grow best between 60-75 degrees F, with certain varieties being able to slightly lower or higher ranges which we'll cover more below.
Our basic instructions for all the kits are listed below. Unless otherwise noted, your kit will be fully colonized, in other words it will be full of mushroom roots, better known as mycelium, and ready to fruit , or bear mushrooms, when you receive it.
If you are not quite ready to start your kit, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to a week, with the exclusion of the pink oyster, which cannot handle temperatures below 60 F and would be damaged by refrigeration.
1. Place the kit into your humidity chamber, we recommend using a large plastic storage tote with the lid slightly askew (to allow for evaporation) or creating some sort of plastic tenting around the kit with a large garbage bag and wooden dowels/skewers.
OystersOnce the cap/outer edge of the mushrooms have flattened out and are less turned under. Put your hands at the base of the cluster and gently rock back and forth until it breaks free. Careful! Sometimes they like to jump off of the block.
These are ready to harvest once the cap has opened up and becomes more hemispherical but before they become flattened or concave. Also if you look at the underside of the mushroom, once the mushroom veil starts to break away from the stem. Grab the base of the cluster and gently rock it off of the block
Once the hairs reach about a ¼ - ½ inch in length. Put your hand underneath the mushroom and on top and lightly twist to harvest.