How To Grow Oyster Mushrooms
Oyster mushrooms are one of the easiest mushrooms to grow, and they’re delicious. You can easily make them at home with just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time.
Prepare The Substrate
Before you can start growing oyster mushrooms, you have to have a substrate. The substrate is the medium in which your fungus will grow. Oyster mushrooms grow best on wood chips that are aged for at least two years and placed in a compost pile or hotbed during the winter months.
The substrate should not be too acidic or basic, too wet or dry, or too rich with nutrients (don’t use manure). A temperature between 70°F and 85°F is ideal for growing oyster mushrooms.
Oyster mushrooms are a fungus that grow on the decomposing remains of other organisms, such as wood chips. Spores are the key to growing oysters, and they are asexual reproductive bodies produced by fungi that help to produce new mycelium (the mass of hyphae). The spores will germinate into strands of mycelium that then grow and colonize substrate where they can produce fruit bodies (mushrooms).
Once the substrate is fully colonized, it should be allowed to grow in the dark at between 70 and 80 degrees for between 7 and 14 days. If you can’t keep your room in this temperature range, you can use a heating pad or other heat source to generate the necessary heat.
Once the oyster mushrooms have grown out of their casing, simply rinse them off with running water before using them in cooking or eating (they’re edible!).
When to Harvest
Oyster mushrooms are ready for harvest when the “gills” have turned brown, and the mushroom cap is fully mature. You can also look at the bottom of your container to see if there are any pins or shiitake mushrooms growing underneath it. If you see them, it means that your oyster mushrooms are ready for harvesting!
How To Harvest Your Oyster Mushrooms
Once you’ve decided that your oysters are ready for harvest, it’s time to pick them up by hand or use a fork/spoon/tongs (depending on where they’re growing). Once they’re out of their container and in a bowl, you can place them on paper towels or newspaper so they don’t get dirty from being outside from their containers.
Growing mushrooms is fun!
Growing mushrooms is fun. It’s easy to do, and there are a number of different species that grow well indoors or outdoors. They take up little space, so they won’t crowd out other plants if you have limited garden space; on the contrary, they can actually improve the quality of your soil by breaking down organic matter and releasing nutrients into it. And even if it doesn’t quite work out for you at first, growing healthy food is always rewarding!
Growing mushrooms is fun! It’s a great way to get the kids involved with gardening, and it’s also a good way to learn more about your own food. The process of growing oyster mushrooms is relatively simple, but it does require some patience as well as attention to detail. If you follow these steps carefully and regularly check on your mycelium (the white stuff), then you should be able to grow these delicious treats in no time at all!