How to get it started: To induce fruiting, cut along the black lines marked on the plastic bag with a knife. To rehydrate you’ll need to submerge the plastic bag and contents in water; you’ll need to weigh it down with something heavy and submerge for 8-12 hours.
Next, cut a slit in the jute sack, it’ll need to be in the same place as the cut you’ve made in the plastic bag, this is where your bouquet of Oyster mushrooms will appear. Tease the opening a little. This will allow light, air and moisture to the mycelium on your block and give the mushrooms the right conditions to grow.
Replace your brick back in the jute sack. Place the bag on a small plate or in a shallow bowl of water, and remember to keep the water topped up so the bag is permanently wet. We suggest popping your bag under the tap for a soak each morning.
The moisture from the bag will keep the now hydrated brick from drying out and will encourage growth.
Once you start to see your Oyster mushrooms appear through the cut in the jute sack they’ll need to be wetted or sprayed twice a day to keep them hydrated and to stop them from drying out.
Growing tips: Keep your mushroom kit indoors in a well-ventilated and bright location, but it must be out of direct sunlight. Your Oyster mushrooms will prefer a steady temperature between 14-19° and will start to appear in a coupld of weeks.
When to harvest: Your mushrooms should be ready to harvest 4-5 days after they first appear. To remove either snip at the base with scissors or pinch and twist close to the base of your cluster, until they come away.
For the perfect pick think about harvesting your Oyster mushrooms when their caps just start flattening out.
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Storage: To maximize the shelf life of your Oyster mushrooms, refrigerate once picked. They store well in a paper bag. Properly stored your mushrooms should keep well for a few days in the fridge. If your mushrooms begin to dry out, they’re still perfectly delicious, and the cooking process will help rehydrate them especially if used in a soup, stew or risotto.
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How to get more mushrooms from your kit: You can expect up to two more flushes (bouquets) from your Grow Your Own kit over the course of a couple of months. Each time you harvest your bouquet of mushrooms you’ll need to allow the brick to rest. Tape up the hole, dry out your jute bag and store somewhere dry, cool, and dark for up to two weeks. Then bring out your kit to start the process over again.
After your third flush, the substrate brick has now been transformed into humus – similar to compost and an amazing soil conditioner. Ideal for growing something else.
Once you’re done: Remove your substrate brick from the plastic bag. You can use the humus to feed any new seedlings you wish to plant, just as you would regular potting compost. To do this, simply crumble the brick, add a little soil and compress it into a plant pot or clean yogurt pot; don’t forget to make sure there are drainage holes in the bottom.
Alternatively the humus can be disposed of on your vegetable garden or flower bed, or put into a compost bin along with the jute sack and strings. If you choose to compost your straw brick, please do not eat any mushrooms that may appear in the compost bin; as we cannot guarantee they have grown under the right conditions. We’ve shown what we do with ours on our instagram journey. Follow us and share your growing journey too.
The plastic bag can be recycled at larger supermarkets along with your plastic carrier bags. All other packaging and labels can be recycled with your usual paper and card waste.