Cultivation Guide

Comprehensive step-by-step guide to Home Mushroom Growing

How to grow mushrooms at home

How to start mushroom growing from scratch. Main stages in growing process every mushroom grower should know. How to use Shroomok Mushroom Cultivation Guide and succeed from the very first attempt. Entry point of the growing journey!

Stuff to buy for growing

Check the list of required stuff for your first mushroom grow! Shopping list and necessary equipment for mushroom cultivation. List of helpful stuff to make your mushroom growing process easier, however they are not necessary for the first try

How to make spore syringe

STEP 1. Let’s make liquid spore syringe from a spore print. Lifehack for noobs: sterile spore syringe in zipbag without glovebox, SAB or laminar flow hood

Choose substrate for mushrooms

STEP 2. Overall guide about substrate types for mushroom growing. The difference between substrates: grain for spawn, bulk and casing. Choose right grain for spawn. First step of grain substrate preparation

Cook the grain substrate for Spawn

STEP 3. Let’s prepare first substrate for magic mushrooms. Recipes and cooking time for different types of grain. Moisture level and useful additives for mushroom spawn

DIY Spawn jars & Spawn bags

STEP 4. How to prepare Spawn Jars and Spawn Bags by your own and save money. Spawn Jars types: autoclavable polypropylene and glass jars. Components for making Inoculation Port and Air Filter. Recommended volume for Spawn Jars and Spawn Bags

Substrate sterilisation

STEP 5. Sterilization in Pressure Cooker or Autoclave to eliminate all forms of microorganisms in substrate (molds, fungi, bacteria, spores). Time vs Pressure for sterilization process. Alternative thermal treatment in multicooker, instant pot and oven

Inoculation without glove box

STEP 6. How to introduce spores or Liquid Culture in sterile substrate. Sterility requirements. Inoculation process without glovebox, SAB or laminar flow hood

Incubator & Grain colonization

STEP 7. How to make incubator for mushrooms. Colonization conditions for mycelium. First signs of mycelium. When and why do we need Break and Shake? Colonization problems and solutions. No signs of mycelium growth or why mycelium grow too slow

Spawn to Bulk & Casing

STEP 8. How to make mushroom cake or spawn to bulk for MonoTub, Bottle-tek etc. How to prepare bulk and casing substrate. Advantages of bulk and casing. Substrate recipes. Additives for fruiting substrate and casing. Bulk and Casing colonization

Cold shock: pros & cons

One of the most debated topic among mushroom growers. Pros and cons of cold shocking in mushroom growing. Cold Shock and Heat Shock. Scientific studies on the effect of temperature shock in mushroom cultivation. Cold Shock Experiments by Shroomok

GrowBox Tek

STEP 9. GrowBox Tek. How to make GrowBox as a fruiting chamber for mushroom growing. Useful gadgets for GrowBox. Basic fruiting conditions in growbox: temperature, humidity, light, fresh air exchange

Bottle Tek

STEP 9. Complete guide on how to grow mushrooms in plastic bottle. Bottle-Tek is a newbie friendly method for mushroom growing at home. Such simple fruiting chamber is a cheap alternative for monotub, shoeboxes, growbox and other teks

MonoTub Tek

STEP 9. How to make an effective Monotub and forget about manual misting and FAE. Fruiting chamber configurations: Modified monotub, Unmodified monotub, Double Tub or Twin Tub, Shoebox or Mini-tub, fully Automated MonoTub and modifications

Pinhead initiation. Fruiting conditions

STEP 10. Basic principles of pin setting. Fruiting parameters for pinning, primordia formation, and fruit bodies development. Growing problems during fruiting period and how to trigger pinheads

How to make mushroom spore print

STEP 11. Let’s make your own spore prints before harvesting! Save money and save mushroom genetic for the future mushroom cultivation and mycological experiments without fear of loss

Flush #1. When and how to pick mushrooms

STEP 12. What is the best time for mushroom harvesting: before torn veil or after torn veil? Twist and pull or cut? Why is it important to crop mushrooms in time?

How to dry and store mushrooms

STEP 13. Save your mushrooms after harvesting for a long time! How to dry magic mushrooms properly and save their potency. How to dry shrooms without dehydrator. The best tempretaure for mushroom drying. How to store magic mushrooms for years

Rehydration/soaking of mushroom cakes

STEP 14. What is rehydration? What is flushing? Why is it necessary to soak mushroom cake immediately after harvesting? How to rehydrate mushroom cake and trigger new rich flush of mushroom fruiting cycle

Flush #2 of fruiting period

STEP 15. Harvest results after first rehydration. Second flush of mushroom fruiting and crop weight

Flush #3 of fruiting period

STEP 16. Results of the most productive third flush of mushroom fruiting. Yield weight of 3rd flush. Rehydration and preparation for the 4th flush of fruiting cycle

Flush #4 of fruiting period

STEP 17. Results of the fourth flush of mushroom fruiting. Yield weight of 4th flush. Rehydration and preparation for the 5th flush of fruiting cycle

Flush #5 of fruiting period

STEP 18. Harvest results of the fifth flush of mushroom fruiting cycle

Flush #6 of fruiting period

STEP 19. Results and final harvest of sixth flush of mushroom fruiting cycle

Wasted shroom cakes

STEP 20. How to dispose of mushroom cakes or mushroom blocks, when the fruiting cycle is finished. How to bury mushroom cake and get harvest outdoor

Mushroom grow report in numbers

Let’s sum up! Yield data by flushes and by strains in graphs, charts, statistics. The most popular Q&A about mushroom growing cycle

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