There is a very big difference BuyMagicmushrooms uk between the cultivation or growing of green plants and mushroom growing. While the green plants are equipped with chlorophyll for getting the nutrients they require for growth, mushrooms do not contain chlorophyll which has made it compelling for them to get their food through dependency on other plant materials. The main body of the mushroom is made up of the mycelium which is actually the little threads which grow on the plant material (the substrate) through which they get their required nutrients. Mushrooms are known to thrive on varied plant materials.
It is wise that one who is planning on going into the growing of mushroom should know fairly about the fungi life cycles. Described below are the things that will aid one intending to go into mushroom growing to know the things he or she needs to be successful in the venture of mushroom cultivation.
As soon as one attains a common knowledge concerning the different fungi life cycles, the person will then proceed to understanding the requirements needed for the growth and well being of any of the species of mushrooms the person is wishing to grow. Outdoors mushroom growing in the form of a garden is one that requires very little effort once the person has given the appropriate inoculation to the logs or any other materials with mushroom spawn. The only work left for the person to do is observing the humidity and also supervising the mushroom spawn in terms of fruiting. As soon as the mushrooms appear reasonably, they are then plucked and sold.
There is also the indoor mushroom growing which tends to fill up any space left by the outdoors mushroom growing. Every operation that has to do with cultivating mushroom is carried out inside. It actually yields good results but this is purely dependent upon the person’s knowledge, limitless supervision and appropriate management of the whether conditions.
Firstly, one has to choose the medium through which the mushrooms will be grown, sterilizing the chosen medium of cultivation, inoculating the chosen medium with mushroom spawn, preserving the best possible temperature, moisture and other environment that will not inhibit the growth of the mycelium and aid to a great extent in the mushroom spawn producing good fruits, plucking or collecting of the mushrooms, packaging and sales of the collected mushrooms, clean up of the cultivation facility and resumption of another phase of mushroom cultivation.
For those who choose to grow their mushroom indoors, there are mushroom growing kits available which have made the growing of mushroom an interesting one for even people who were never interested in it. There are growing kits for button, shiitake, oyster and other species of mushroom available in the markets today, whether offline or online.
Usually when it comes to growing mushrooms, the most important thing that you will need to begin with is the mushroom spawn itself – this is what the mushrooms grow from, so it is an essential ingredient. Without it, it would be like trying to grow an apple tree without the apple pip – its never going to work. Usually the mushroom spawn will be especially created by a mycologist, and will normally consist of some kind of grain that has been impregnated with mushroom mycelium (mycelium is what the mushrooms come from).
All that you need to do is to cut off a small section of the mushroom stem butt, no bigger then an inch long. It is important to try and use the bottom of the stem, with the bulbous part of the stem intact (this part is usually removed prior to preparing the mushroom for cooking and for packaging before being sold in stores). However if you have already grown some of your own mushrooms from some kind of spawn then you will have no problem getting hold of the healthiest variety of stem butts. You can still try using the stem from shop-brought mushrooms, but you may not have as much success.
It is important stating that not all mushrooms have this stem growth capability, and there are only a few varieties that are known to be able to re-spawn from their stems. These include Oyster mushrooms (Pleutrous Ostreatus), Parasol mushrooms, Morels, Prince, and many more.
All you need to do is remove a section of the stem butts, and get some corrugated cardboard. Soak the cardboard and then try to peel it in half, so that the paper is as thin as possible. Next, lay the carboard on a surface and place some of the stem butts on top. Try and leave around 6 inches of cardboard per stem butt. Cover the stems with the rest of the corrugated cardboard and then re-soak for a few minutes. Place the folded pieces of cardboard into an old box – cardboard, wood, or anything else that will keep the box moist, and then place it in a shady position in your garden before covering it with leaves.
What will happen is that the mycelium will start to grow through the pieces of cardboard, from the stem butts, using the materials in the cardboard as a food (mushrooms naturally grow on wood and so cardboard is ideal to use and is easier to break down). After a few months you will have your own cardboard spawn, and you can either use this to grow mushrooms on more cardboard, or you can mix this cardboard spawn with straw, creating an outdoor bed or mushroom patch, or you can try and transfer the spawn to other substrates.