What makes your grow kit high quality?
Our mushroom grow kits are developed with respect to nature. The substrate used in our grow kits and the growing procedures we use mimic the conditions of the mushrooms’ natural habitat. Our Mushroom Grow Kits are free of fertilizers and pesticides.
What is a “substrate” and what is it made of?
The “substrate” is the medium on which the mushrooms will grow. It contains the mushroom mycelium, the nutrients the mushrooms need to grow and materials that will support their growth. We make the substrate ourselves and it’s made from wood chips, hemp straw, wheat bran, and mushroom mycelium.
How can I help my mushrooms fruit healthier and yield higher?
There are several things we recommend paying close attention to when you start using your Mushroom Grow Kit: Light source: mushrooms like lower light intensity, so make sure to keep your grow kit in a shaded area. Temperature: mushrooms like variable temperatures between 5 and 25 degrees Celsius. The temperature difference during day and night promote fruiting. Place your grow kit in the refrigerator over night to help trigger fruiting. Physical shock: Many wild mushrooms fruit after lightning and thunder. You can use moderate tapping for the mushroom grow kit for the same reason. Ventilation: mushrooms breathe in oxygen and breath out carbon dioxide just like we do. Make sure you place your grow kit in a well-ventilated area.
What do I do with the leftover substrate when I am done with my grow kit?
The leftover substrate is full of nutrient to enrich the soil. You can use the substrate as garden fertilizer.
What are the nutritional benefits of mushrooms?
Mushrooms have long been incorporated into countless natural remedies. Research has confirmed the various health benefits of mushrooms for our overall health and wellness. Mushrooms contain Beta-glucan. Beta-glucan is a polysaccharide (carbohydrate) that is linked to supporting and strengthening our immune system, making it a highly desirable health supplement. Mushrooms produce absorbable Vitamin D when exposed to natural sunlight or artificial ultraviolet light. Mushroom produces lovastatin, a naturally occurring compound used for LDL lowering cholesterol which helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
What is the shelf life of the Mushroom Grow Kits?
Mushroom grow kits are shelf stable for three months when left at room temperature. The shelf life is extended to one year when the grow kits are refrigerated.
Why should I grow my own mushrooms at home when it’s just easier to buy fresh from the store?
You will not be disappointed choosing to grow your own mushrooms! The mushrooms you grow at home will generally be much more delicious than the ones you can buy from the grocery store. Home-grown mushrooms are the freshest mushrooms you can get. Growing your own mushrooms is fun to watch, as they grow relatively fast. You can even have fun altering the growing conditions to produce vastly different looking mushrooms.
Are mushroom grow kits suitable for outdoor growing?
Yes. All of our Mushroom Grow Kits are suitable for outdoor growing. Our Blue Oyster and Shiitake mushroom grow kits can sustain the freezing Alberta temperatures and could be perennial when enough nutrition is provided for fruiting outdoors. If growing outside, upon fruiting, remove plastic bags and cover the mushroom mycelium block as a whole with an inch of soil on top. You can continue to grow your mushrooms in a pot, a bin, or in the ground. Remember to place in the shade at all times and maintain a moist soil for optimal yield.
Do mushrooms have a high content of vitamin D?
Mushrooms offer the only plant-based naturally available food resources of Vitamin D. All other natural food sources of Vitamin D are of animal origin, such as poultry, seafood, meats and dairy. Mushrooms contain a plant sterol called ergosterol, which is what Vitamin D² is made from in the mushroom. In fresh mushrooms, ergosterol is stimulated to convert to Vitamin D² by ultraviolet light, either from sunlight or artificial lights.
How do I clean my fresh grown mushrooms?
After harvesting your fresh grown mushrooms, store them by sealing them in a paper bag to ensure moisture levels remain balanced. To clean your mushrooms, brush off the dirt with a soft brush. Dry brushing is a much better way to clean your mushrooms than washing. Remember, only clean your mushrooms right before you are about to use them so they stay fresh.