How to Grow Mushrooms At Home

I’m not sure why people would want to learn how to grow mushrooms at home because it is such a complicated and highly scientific endeavor. Why bother huh? Forget about it…I’m just kidding my fellow aspiring mushroom growers. Truth of the matter is it’s really not that difficult to grow them.

how to grow mushrooms at home

A lot of folks love growing Oyster, Portobello, Shiitake and White button mushrooms. These are really popular with home growers because they are easy to grow and well, they taste really, really good! Other types of mushrooms are not hard to grow too actually, but the choices I mentioned seem to be the most popular.

Anyway, the entire process involved in growing edible mushrooms at home might be a little tricky in the beginning. But with practice and an extremely helpful tutorial guide such as the one you see below, you will be able to grow pesticide- organic mushrooms like a pro in no time!

Okay truthfully, it’s going to take a bit of time to get the hang of the whole growing process, but you will get there if you follow the step-by-step instructions presented in this guide and of course, keep practicing your craft.

Just so you know the mushroom growing guide for beginners shown below is downloadable and comes complete with newbie-friendly, step-by-step video training. It has all the details you require pertaining to mushroom culture procedure and lots more.

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You’re going to have to pay for it but rest assured, the comprehensive and easy to follow instructions contained in the guide are worth every penny, especially if you plan on growing edible mushrooms for profit. It’ll help you make your money back and then some. Also be aware that the guide has a 2-month money back guarantee.

Heck, it’s worth it even if you want to learn how to grow mushrooms at home for personal consumption. And this brings me to the following topic…

Why Grow Mushrooms at Home?

First of all, growing them on your own is cheaper in the long run. The mushrooms that you often find at the supermarket are species sourced from foreign countries. These countries grow them in bulk and the overall quality is simply not up to scratch. Since supermarket mushrooms are usually packed in plastic, they tend to have a very short shelf life.

So if you want to eat mushrooms that are fresher with significantly longer shelf life, then you should grow them yourself. Another thing I dislike about store-bought mushrooms is that they seriously lack in the taste department. Their taste seem to watered-down and lacking that tasty mushroom flavor.

Yet another reason to get your hands a little dirty in the cultivation of mushrooms in the comforts of your home is the sheer variety of choices that you can eat to your heart’s content. Buying mushrooms at the stores means you’re usually restricted to the types of mushrooms that are being sold there.

What if you’re in the mood for one of those little known, great tasting mushroom varieties such as the Lion’s Mane? Now these mushrooms have a lobster-like flavor and like the crustacean, they are pretty costly to buy. In addition, you can’t just buy them from any store. Gourmet stores usually carry them.

And let’s not forget that mushrooms from farms are exposed to pesticides. The downloadable mushroom cultivation guide I mentioned earlier teaches you exactly how to grow mushrooms at home that are free of pesticide, so grow them yourself and you’ll be a whole lot healthier.

Mushroom Growing Tips

Before you get all excited about pursuing this extremely gainful endeavor to the point you’re actually dreaming of doing mushroom farming at home on a large scale, first you have to determine which variety you wish to grow. There are numerous varieties to choose from which you can cultivate indoors or outdoors.

A number of mushroom growing guides for beginners I’ve come across claim that one of the easiest edible varieties to grow is the oyster mushroom or Pleutorus Ostreateus. It’s true. Failure rate for growing this variety is low as growth is pretty much a certainty as long as you have the procedure, conditions down pat, and mastering them isn’t particularly difficult.

So pick the type you want to grow and then seek out the necessary info pertaining to its growing requirements. Keep in mind that not all fungus possesses the same growth framework. If you opt to grow Oyster mushrooms, then you can have them grown on peat or wheat straw.

Okay, perhaps you’re allergic to straw? No worries, a wood-based substrate such as cardboard, paper, gets the job done too. Mushroom spawn is the next essential item for growing edible mushrooms at home and you can just buy it off the internet. You could to garden centers as well. Problem is, from my experience, the majority of centers carry mushroom growing kits.

Spawn is better because it is a starter culture which enables you to add your own raw materials. For Oyster mushrooms, the straw or paper-based product must be pasteurized first. This must be done in order to eliminate the bacteria so that the growth of the mushroom spawn will be off to a good start.

Pasteurizing the straw or paper is simple enough. All you have to do is submerge it in hot water for 50 to 60 minutes. The water temperature should be about 140 Fahrenheit. After an hour, grab a see-through plastic bag and put the substrate in it. Of course you need to drain and let it cool first before you do that.

What you want to do is grab a handful of either paper or straw and load it into the plastic bag, with the mushroom spawn sprinkled on top. Continue with this procedure until you have a full plastic bag.

Use a metal-tie to tie up the plastic bag. Mycelium growth is important for the mushrooms to thrive so make sure you poke some holes in the bag. Place the bag in a warm spot such as an airing cupboard and just keep it there for a couple of weeks or so. Check if the bag has turned white. That’s when you know the time is up.

mushroom colonization complete

If the bag turns white, that means the colonization is complete and the white color indicates tiptop mycelium growth. An entirely colonized bag also tells you that fruiting is about to commence! In several days, the mushrooms will manifest and it’s a sight to behold.

When it comes to fruiting, you have to provide a bit of assistance by transferring the bag to a spot that’s cooler and damper. Ideally, that spot should have humidity levels that are higher than ninety percent.

If you’re growing Oyster mushrooms, be aware that this variety thrives in conditions that are fairly cool. Putting them outside would be a good idea. You will notice that they Oyster mushrooms will begin to take form from the holes you pierced in the see-through plastic bag. The formation occurs because the mushrooms love the air that flows through those holes.

As soon as this occurs, you want to go right ahead and cut the plastic bag in a very careful manner. Peel back the cut area for just a little bit. It’s important that you do this because the extra space and air will enable the mushrooms to actually grow bigger. In order to harvest the mushrooms, you have to pull and twist them at their stems.

Before you harvest though, make sure they’ve grown to a size that’s decent enough, and also prior to the caps unfurl resulting in the ejection of spores. After you pull and twist at the stems, get rid of the end part of the stem by cutting it with a knife. Now, enjoy the oyster mushrooms that you grew yourself.

I hope you find the mushroom growing tips that I’ve laid out for you to be helpful. If you require more info or you simply need an ultra-highly detailed training guide that completely sheds the light on growing edible mushrooms for profit, or for personal consumption, then this guide is going to make you happy.

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When it comes to mushroom cultivation guide that helps a newbie in a step-by-step fashion from start to finish, in addition to offering tons of little-known mushroom growing nuggets, this one sets the standard. One of the best things about it is that it teaches you how to produce home-grown, pesticide-free organic mushrooms. Take a look at the guide and decide for yourself if it is right for you.

Mushroom Growing Tools of the Trade

You will need a few pieces of equipment or tools for growing edible mushrooms at home. Requirements differ depending on the approach that you plan on using to grow those mushrooms, in addition to how far you plan on going into this endeavor. If plan on going far enough to the point that you’re actually doing mushroom farming at home, then additional pieces of equipment will be needed.

However, when it comes to the basics, one piece of equipment that every mushroom grower will require at some point is a decent pressure cooker. It’s what a lot of mushroom growers use to sterilize equipment for mushroom growing. Other items would be Isopropyl alcohol, latex gloves, hairnet, mask, hand and workspace disinfectant.

Equipment for Sterile Procedures

70% Isopropyl Alcohol

If you don’t want contaminants to spread all over your mushroom growing equipment and tools, use 70% Isopropyl alcohol. Apply as much as needed on your work surfaces, latex gloves, your lab tools and equipment.

Hand Disinfectant

Your hands must be clean when setting up your mushroom cultivation operation. It’s a must-have item which you’re required to use routinely every 10 minutes or so.

Workspace Disinfectant

Obviously required in order to ensure your workspace is real clean so that bacteria won’t end up ruining the mushrooms you’re growing.

Latex Gloves

A pair of latex gloves is needed when you’re engaging in a variety of mushroom growing tasks. Such tasks include mushroom cloning or growing from spores on agar. Of course latex gloves are important when it comes to keeping things clean, because the last thing you want is for bacteria from your hands or body to enter the growing environment and ruin the whole growth process.

Hairnet/Mask

Same deal as the latex gloves. Wear them so that bacteria from our bodies won’t mess up our homegrown mushrooms. Hairnet and mask should be worn, especially when it comes to performing lab-style activities.

Lab-Style Mushroom Growing

You must be in a really clean, sterile environment in order to grow mushrooms from either a clone or spores. If you actually own a lab at home, then you’re set! However, the reality is most home growers don’t have access to a lab. It’s expensive to set one up, so the next best thing is a laminar flow hood, which can be costly too.

What is a laminar flow hood?

this is a laminar flow hood

It’s a secure, well closed bench that enables you to work in a highly clean environment, which is absolutely vital when engaging specific mushroom growing operations. It is very pricey for sure, but it is capable of providing a 99.9% air filter and would easily pay for itself if you plan on growing edible mushrooms for profit.

Alright, that’s nice to have, but any more affordable options available? There is one which is actually the cheapest option and a pretty decent one to boot—construct your own glove box!

This is basically a box with holes cut in. What you do is you insert your hands in before doing any work. The inside of the glove box has to be clean of course; therefore in effect you are developing your very own mini-lab for growing mushrooms at home.

You can get complete and easy to follow instructions on how to put together a very decent glove box by checking out that outstanding downloadable mushroom cultivation guide I spoke about previously.

Additional essential items are syringe to be used with the mushroom spores, as well as a scalpel for transplanting mycelium from agar to grain, plus a few others too.

How to Grow Mushrooms At Home Guides That You Should Avoid

Mushroom Growing Beginners Course 1

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Compared to the excellent Mushroom Growing 4 You course, this offering is pitiful. The pictures in the course are blurry and the confusing instructions will drive you to the brink of insanity. There are a couple of video tutorials included, but they are also quite blurry and the guy presenting the instructions speaks in a very low voice—you can barely hear the guy.

It’s a shame that the instructional guide does not dive into as much detail as possible concerning mushroom culture procedure, tools required for mushroom growing, and so on. After roughly 5 minutes of reading the guide and viewing the videos, it became apparent to me that the course needed a lot of work before being released to the public.

On a positive note, I managed to obtain a refund. All in all, this course is quite awful. I just can’t, in good faith, suggest this course to anyone interested in learning about mushroom culture procedure. You would be better off eating canned mushrooms while watching that equally awful horror film Shrooms.

Mushroom Farming at Home Made Easy

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This online tutorial course got me pretty psyched initially because the product details claim to provide in-depth guidelines with “many pictures,” but the entire package actually proved to be beyond disappointing. Instead of many pictures, there are only half a dozen of them in the guide and they are rendered in black and white. In addition, the pictures are not that clear.

Since the pictures are in black and white and there are only a handful of them, you would think the course author could at least provide higher resolution pictures.

I was hoping the course would offer me a bunch of helpful info on how to grow mushrooms at home using the most effective approach so that I can be successful even on my maiden attempt, plus other stuff such as instructions for constructing my own incubation and fruiting chambers, the proper harvesting method, and so on. Unfortunately such details are missing from this course.

Sure, the course offers a number of good suggestions and advice which are useful for those completely unfamiliar with the concept of mushroom farming at home on a small scale. However, I had certain expectations prior to downloading this course, and sadly, those expectations were not fulfilled.

How to Grow Organic Mushrooms: A Beginner’s Guide to Cultivation of Mushrooms Free of Pesticide Residues

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This downloadable guide gets a plus point for having a very long and descriptive title. I don’t know why, I just like books and guides with long titles. The content leaves much to be desired however. Like the other guides that provide mushroom growing tips and instructions, this one is also a combination of written instructional manual and videos which can be downloaded onto your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or what have you.

Now, the main problem with this course is that it’s not exactly a step by step guide on growing organic mushrooms at home. Rather, it’s more of an overview of organic mushroom growing methods, some tips here and there, along with info that’s mostly very general in nature.

The videos although informative, do not actually go into detail concerning the actual procedure of cultivating organic mushrooms, so a beginner won’t truly benefit from viewing the videos. They will learn a thing or two regarding growing techniques, environment preparation for growth, etc but no exact instructions that take them by hand from A to Z.

At least the illustrations in the manual are well drawn. The title of this guide seemed promising, but dissatisfaction due to the lack of guidance in the actual growing process left a bad taste in my mouth.

Grow Your Own Mushrooms with Ease

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I can’t help but wonder…what on earth was the author smoking when he wrote this guide? Despite the title, the author doesn’t just talk about growing edible mushrooms at home but he also talks about growing cucumbers, eggplants and a few other veggies. If that isn’t trippy enough, the author even refers mushrooms as vegetables a couple of times! Uh, hello? Mushrooms are fungi buddy!

More depth should‘ve been added regarding cultivation of mushrooms. Obviously the lack of depth is because the author’s desire to babble away off topic about growing vegetables, rather than focusing entirely on the cultivation of mushrooms.

When the author does focus on mushrooms, it’s mostly vague, general advice and tips such as placing the mushrooms in the most ideal environment for the best possible growth, be patient with the growth process and things of those nature.

Get this guide only if you are not interested in learning the specifics of mushroom growing. Also, if you want a guide that comes with video tutorials, then you should definitely avoid this one.

No videos included which when I think about it, is probably for the best because the author would have probably demonstrated the procedure of growing eggplants and cucumbers, while mushrooms get a small mention.

Profitable Fungi: Discover How to Grow Mushrooms Indoors and Profit

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Whoa, talk about LAME! Judging by the title, you would think this is an exhaustive resource to growing edible mushrooms for profit. Oops! Far from it. Altogether, the guide contains only 18 pages of content including 9 poorly illustrated diagrams and a few drawings of mutated mushrooms. Seriously, those diagrams and drawings look like a 3rd grader drew them.

I honestly believe a 3rd grader could do a better job than the author or whoever he hired to produce the illustrations. Heck, I’m no artist or draftsman, but next to this guy, I’m Picasso, Leo da Vinci, Rembrandt and Brian Bolland all rolled into one.

Like the previous 4 guides, the instructions are not the least bit impressive. Take for example the topic on making profits from selling the mushrooms you’ve grown. The author describes how his friend is making wonderful chunks of cash selling his self-grown mushrooms. Well, that’s all there is to it as the rest is just fluff about how fantastic it is to make money from selling home grown mushrooms, mushrooms will always be in demand so it’s basically recession-proof—the end.

To top that off, the instructions lack the proper depth and step by step details, thus they are near useless as a practical mushroom growing guide for beginners. I could go on and on about this one, but I feel I should stop right now because I did get my money back and all that was wasted was approximately 10 minutes of my time.

The Best Resource Guide for Growing Mushrooms

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I’m genuinely impressed with the quality of info, instructions, videos, as well as the collection of extremely useful bonuses presented in this first-rate mushroom growing guide package. The whole package effectively makes all the above guides look slapped together by comparison.

As a guy who’s read a number of mediocre guides about mushroom farming at home, I’m a skeptical, skeptical rascal. Upon reading the details of this guide at its website, I thought it would be similar to the others. Eventually, the details on the site along with its bonuses got to me. Of course it helps that the guide comes with a 60-day money back guarantee.

After downloading the guide along with the included step by step videos, I promptly read the first 30 pages or so and viewed a couple of videos. I then came to the realization that this Mushroom Growing 4 You package is the real deal nuts-and-bolts resource for those interested in how to grow organic mushrooms at home. It’s very well organized with all the details laid out in an easy-to-read, info-loaded format.

There are plenty of incredible tips, info and instructions from environment setup for maximizing mushroom growth, to techniques for maximizing moisture and taste of mushrooms, to instructions for proper sterilization and constructing chambers and air glove box, etc. The videos and bonuses are fantastic references too. The author must have worked his butt off before putting out this package.

If you’ve been dreaming of being a champ in organic mushroom growing, then this guide will help you realize that dream. I did all I could to dig up faults with this guide, however, none were really worth pointing out. It’s a real splendid resource. Click the button below to get full details on it.

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Interesting Mushrooms That You May Never Heard Of

Porcelain Fungus

porcelain fungus or outemansiella mucida

The Porcelain Fungus or Outemansiella Mucida, is a very interesting and attractive looking mushroom. As you can probably guess by its appearance, the name Porcelain Fungus is very apparent when viewing this mushroom—it looks very white, almost a bright white, and looks very delicate too, much like a piece of porcelain.

On this occasion when I found it in plentiful supply in my area, some specimens were at least 8 inches in diameter. Something that seems to be very unusual (from what I’ve heard it doesn’t really tend to grow much more then 8cm across the cap).

When you find Porcelain Fungus growing somewhere, you will probably find that it seems to have completely overtaken any other kind of fungi growing on that specific tree. That was pretty much the case when I found various specimens growing on a dead beach tree—there were a few Oyster mushrooms scattered around too, but the majority of the tree was covered with Porcelain Fungus.

This is because the mushroom produces a very powerful anti-fungal agent, a very clever way of preventing any other kind of fungi from attacking the host tree. For this reason, you will find Porcelain Fungus completely taking over dead beech trees and such.

Since this fact was found out, the anti-fungal agent has since been extracted and used as a way of increasing yields of crops (almost every type of wheat will be using this extract, which is known as a Strobilurin fungicide).

The Porcelain Fungus is edible but first, you will need to remove the slimey layer covering the outside of the mushroom cap. This can be a very tedious process, especially when dealing with smaller specimens of the fungus.

For this reason I tend to only pick a few of the larger mushrooms, but try to leave as many as possible for animals or other people to enjoy. (To remove the sticky layer, I just use a small sharp knife to try and peel back the complete layer—if you are lucky you can sometimes get it off in one whole “peel”).

There are far better mushrooms to eat, but it’s still quite nice to have, and isn’t too dissimilar in taste to the Oyster mushrooms (if not a little more “slimey”). Another point worth noting is that it’s not really possible to eat the stems of the Porcelain Fungus. They are far too hard and so, it’s best to just cook the caps.

This mushroom is also known as the Beech Tuft, due to the fact that it grows on Beech trees and because they usually grow in small tufts of about 3 or 4 mushrooms. It is also known as the Poached Egg Fungus, most probably due to its white, egg like appearance (and the taste of the fungus has the same sort of texture of a cooked egg).

The mushroom is very easily to distinguish from others—you will find it growing on Beech trees, in big clusters, and it is very white (almost see-through), with a slimy white layer over the cap. It has hard, white stems and there will be a very visible ring below the cap of the mushroom.

Brown Birch Bolete

brown birch bolete or leccinum scabrum

The Brown Birch Bolete, or Leccinum Scabrum, is unfortunately one of those rarer mushrooms which tastes rather poor when compared to its appearance. However it is not actually a rare mushroom, just rare in the taste department (so many of the edible mushrooms that look “tasty” are actually very good to eat too).

From around late August, the Brown Birch Bolete’s have been appearing in great numbers wherever the conditions are suitable, and this year seems to have been very good for them in particular.

They will grow amongst Silver Birch trees (as the name suggests), and like wet, grassy ground. Expect to find them in many deciduous forests, and anywhere really that Silver Birch are present.

Amazingly I spotted a larger, firm Brown Birch Bolete which bears the markings of some kind of animal. At first my guess was a bird of prey, using the Bolete as a perch, but the marks left by the feet of the animal don’t really seem right for a bird.

Later on, after having some more time to consider it, my guess was that it could have been a Squirrel. Whatever it was, it looks like it’s gone to take a chunk out of either the Bolete, or whatever it was that it was carrying (maybe a nut), or maybe there was an insect or creature on the mushroom that it decided to eat.

Beefsteak Fungus

beefsteak fungus or fistulina hepatica

One of the most gruesome or unappealing mushrooms that you are likely to see growing in the wild is the Fistulina Hepatica, also known as the Beeksteak Fungus, the Beefsteak Polypore or the Ox Tongue. Although it does tend to have the appearance of a lovely tasty and succulent beefsteak, it unfortunately fails to taste anything like this!

It is definitely one type of mushroom for those people with a more developed taste palate. Although some people seem to think that it does look very tasty, some people say it would be more suited in some sort of horror movie—it appears like a red tongue, and often you will see red droplets below the mushroom as it grows on an oak tree.

No, this is not blood, though it certainly has this appearance, which is probably why it is referred to as the Ox Tongue by some people. I discovered an Oak tree in a forest a while ago which had many Beefsteak Fungus growing on them—I counted at least a dozen, and took some photos of some of the bigger specimens.

I didn’t bother to take on any of the mushrooms as I have tried it before, and wasn’t too keen on the flavor, although some people seem to like the taste. It has quite an acidic flavor, and some cookbooks recommend that in order to neutralize the flavor a little, you should soak the fungus in a bowl of milk for about 24 hours before cooking it.

When cooking you can slice it thinly and cook it like you would a steak, obviously for not as long but it can tend to be tough if not cooked for long enough. It was quite amazing to see the Fistulina Hepatica take over such a large, old oak tree in the manner that it had.

I don’t often find any Beefsteak Fungus (although I don’t tend to be looking up at the trees, my eyes are usually fixed to the ground), but they do like to grow on old oaks and there are plenty of these around in many forests in the US.

The mushroom will also grow on chestnut trees, although I think you will have to be very lucky to discover it on one of these trees, and am presuming they much prefer to grow on oak trees. You should be able to find them from August to around autumn time.

If you do decide to give this mushroom a go, be careful when picking it as it is quite tough to cut (a bit like cutting a slab of meat). You might need something a little stronger than your average mushroom knife.

When you do cut the flesh of the Beefsteak Fungus, red droplets will appear, again like blood, which again shows how much this mushroom resembles real meat. It is no surprise that in some countries it is used as a meat substitute. Definitely one for any struggling vegetarians to try!

Stuart Jones
 

My name is Stuart Jones and I'm the guy responsible for most of the content on this website. I'm a horticulturist with over 25 years of experience in gardening and garden plants. To bring color throughout the year, I regularly grow a wide variety of plants, bulbs, flowers, shrubs and trees. Oh, and let’s not forget the fruits and vegetables to ensure the fridge is always stocked!

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