The magic world of mushrooms !
The usage for food as well as medicine is deep−rooted in most cultures since the beginning of mankind. With little work and endurance, you can grow mushrooms in your garden! Medicinal and edible mushroms or decoratively luminescent muhsrooms − a fungus is always a whitty eye−catcher.
For more information about cultivation techniques, visit our instructions section!
As soon as the fruit body of a mushroom was grown to its full dimensions, the mushroom starts to produce spores. This spores fall out of the shroom cap when they are fully matured. For mushroom cultivation, these spores are collected as a spore print. (Instructions: "Spore print production")
Mycelium germination from spores:
The spores start germination, when they get in contact with a fitting nutrient solution. An agar medium in petri dishes is mostly used for spore germination in mushroom cultivation.
(Instructions: Mycelium germination from spores")
There are positive (+) and negative (−) polarized spores. They will initiate germination autonomous. When they fuse, rhizomorph mycelium is developed.
The rhizomorph mycelium strains are selected and used for further cultivation. (Instructions: "Strain selection")
Under suitable environmental conditions, the rhizomorph mycelium produces pinheads. This mini mushrooms grow up to ready fruit bodies, which releases spores again.
In mushroom cultivation, a special fruiting substrate is inoculated with the mycelium.
(Instructions: "Grain production")
To provide the suitable environmental conditions, the temperature and air humidity are regulated. In mushroom cultivation the mycelium is placed inside a growing room or a propagator.
Outdoor Mushroom Bed
It is very simple to apply a mushroom bed in your garden!
The perfect time is spring, when the temperatures are higher then 0 degree celsius during night. We provide ready colonised wood−chips substrate for inoculation of an outdoor bed. Just mix the spawn with suitable substrate (i.e. wood chips or straw) and keep it wet! It is also possible to use rye grain for outdoor inoculation, but grain attracts to rats, mouse an other animals who eat the whole mycelium.
Depending on the species the first fruiting bodies will appear a few month after inoculation of the substrate. According to species, mushrooms will fruit for a few years, till all nutrients of the wood have been consumed by the fungus. With little luck, the mushroom will settle permanently in your garden.
To enhance quality and harvest we recommend to regenerate the mushroom bed after a few years. The old wood chips which are decomposed by the mushroom are a high quality plant fertilizer, but you can also let them in the bed! At the end of this instruction you can find all information you need, to produce fresh mycelium for a new mushroom bed from the fruiting bodies of your garden!
Inoculation of substrat bags with sporesyringes
This is a very simple method of mushroom cultivation and suitable for hobby-mycologists. Use a convenient substrat depanding on the mushroom species you want to cultivate. Detailed information about the convenient substrate can be found in the product description of our spores. When you bring spores onto an appropriate nutrient medium, the spores start germination. As soon as the substrate is fully colonised by the mushroom, you can set up the bag for fruiting.
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Tape (cloth tape)
1. Disinfect the surface of bag
To avoid invasion of any contamination during inoculation, we recommend to disinfect the surface (just a few cm large - the place you want to put the needle in). Kindly spray disinfection (i.e. Bacillol) on the bag, let it react for about 20 - 30 seconds, then dry it with a clean ktichen paper or similar.
Shake the syringe to dispense the spores equally. Now put the needle into the bag (at the disinfected aerea) and push the the sporesolution into the bag. We recommend to use about 5 ml - thats 1/2 syringe - for smal bags (2,5 l content). For larger bags (4,5 l content) we recommend to use 10 ml sporesolution - thats 1 spore syringe.
If the needle get in contact with any unsterile thing, you have to sterilize it. There for heat the forefront of the needle with a alcohol lamp (or with a lighter). The forefront of the needle should glow red. After that let the needle cool down for a few seconds.
3. Seal the inoculation area and distribute the spores
Close the inoculation aerea immediately with the tape. To distrubute the spores equally in the substrate, shake the bag careful.
4. Spawn run
For colonisation of the substrate, store the bag at the convenient spawn run - temperature (see in the product description in a dark place. After the substrat is fully colonised by the mushroom, you can put it into fruiting. If you word with rye grain substrate it is also possible to use the grain for inoculation of a different fruiting substrate.
TIP: If the substrat is not colonised even, kindly shake the bag after a few days.