Ready To Grow Kit
Learn to grow your own mushrooms with one of our ready to fruit mushroom grow kits.
Our kits consist of supplement hardwood which has been inoculated under laboratory conditions with a live mycelium culture.
Learn more about using a mushroom grow kit with our Step By Step Guide.
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Hericium sp. also known as lion’s mane, monkey head or even pompom mushroom amongst other common names is one of a number of hericium species that are commonly cultivated and eaten.
Hericium erinaceus has recently garnered a lot of attention due to its potential therapeutic uses. A number of studies focusing on the mushroom’s effect on nerve growth factor have been the source of great interest demonstrating the potential for use to treat degenerative brain disorders such as Parkinsons, Alzheimers, Dementia and ALS. More research is yet to come to confirm its efficacy in in-vivo human studies.
At first it may be difficult to identify when a the fine, translucent strands of lion’s mane mycelium has fully colonised the substrate fruiting block.
After transit this outer layer of mycelium may be much less visible requiring a few days to rest and regenerate. Once colonised it can be exposed to fruiting conditions with little risk of contamination.
For beginners it may be easiest to keep the grow kit sealed until a white layer of primordia begins to form on the top of the block, this is where it receives most fresh air exchange. This white layer of primordia will develop into fruiting bodies, the plastic bag can be cut and folded against the block to expose this thickened layer of mycelium to fresh air and humidity.
More experienced cultivators may open and fold back the bag as soon as it has colonised despite the overall fine appearance of the mycelium. In the photo attached a longer exposure has been used to illustrate the fine webbing of mycelium amongst the dark substrate.
Lion’s mane mycelium is much finer and less opaque than other commonly grown gourmet fungal species.
The mycelium will often thicken and develop an opaque, white layer where it makes most contact with fresh air while remaining largely translucent towards the base of the kit. This is due to the formation of primordia, this layer of primordia will develop into fully formed fruiting bodies if provided with sufficient fresh air and humidity. See below for specific requirements.
Maturing fruiting blocks will often produce yellow, liquid metabolites which are a natural byproduct of the mycelium.
Due to the fine structure of lion’s mane mycelium grow kits may often appear underdeveloped after being agitated during transit, however the mycelium will recover once allowed to rest and regenerate.
Excess primordia as a result of premature fruiting can either be allowed to fruit or removed upon opening the grow kit as more primordia will continue to form.
Lion’s mane is valued for its unique webbed structure which when cooked results in a fibrous, meat-like texture. It’s mild umami flavour resembles that of chicken or lobster making it a wonderfully versatile meat substitute.
Humidity can be managed through a diligent misting and fanning regime, however the introduction of a humidifier and humidity controller can help automate the process and ensure consistency.
Adding a 6L humidifier and controller to a greenhouse with the addition of a USB fan is a quick and easy way to make a low cost fruiting chamber that delivers excellent results.
Mushrooms require humidity to grow. We recommend using a mini-greenhouse. Spraying the inside walls of the greenhouse will help raise humidity. A cheap humidifier can used to automate the process.
It’s important to ensure that the grow kit has fresh air exchange. Mushrooms produce carbon dioxide and will grow long and leggy if they require more oxygen.
Check the product pages for species specific requirements.
Alternatively you can build a Shotgun Fruiting Chamber (SGFC) from a few common items found easily in your local hardware store.
Mushroom grow kits are very hardy and resilient. Mycelium, the living organism responsible for holding the kit together will pull itself together and fuse the fractured parts of the grow kit together again in order to access and unlock the nutrition within the substrate to produce the largest possible yields of fresh gourmet mushrooms.
Please contact us by responding to the order confirmation in the event that the sealed grow bag has been punctured, damaged or developed contamination during transit.
Primordia forms best at temperatures between 10 – 15 degrees. Results may vary outside this temperature range.
Lion’s mane will generally initiate pinning within the grow bag without any intervention. Select a healthy looking pin set and create an opening to fruit from.
Cold shocking the sealed lion’s mane fruiting block in the fridge or keeping it in an air conditioned room may assist in triggering the formation of primordia.
Fruit lion’s mane mushroom between 15 – 20 degrees Celsius for best yields, however it will fruit at temperatures up to 25 – 28 degrees with sufficient humidity once pin sets are well formed. Maintain humidity over 90%. Little fresh air exchange is required in comparison to oyster mushroom species.
Grain spawn is a little known secret weapon of the world of mushroom cultivation. It’s made from sterilised grains that have been inoculated with a live mycelium culture.
Grain spawn contains a lot of energy for the mycelium to consume. It’s a bit like rocket fuel for mushrooms. It’ll take off like wildfire once added to your bulk substrate.
Mother Nature works her magic using spores but in a controlled environment you need to tip the scales in your favour by using clean high-quality grain spawn so you are doing your best to ensure success.
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