Growing Mushrooms in a Bag
Growing mushrooms in a bag is a convenient and economical way to grow a large quantity of mushrooms without having to dedicate a large space. Mushrooms require light, humidity, and air to grow properly. Most houses have adequate fresh air exchange, so you can simply open a window for five to ten minutes to allow the bag to breathe. The mushrooms will also require light, but this doesn’t need to come from direct sunlight. In fact, indirect light will do just fine.
What you should know about mushroom spores ?
One popular substrate for growing mushrooms is straw pellets. These pellets have been pasteurised during the manufacturing process, which involves high heat and intense pressure. The pellets are then ready to be inoculated right out of the packet. Beginners should start with oyster mushrooms, as they are the fastest growing edible mushrooms. These mushrooms can be harvested two to three weeks after inoculation.
Using a grow bag allows you to monitor the progress of the fungus, while at the same time keeping weed spores and contaminants out. You should always sterilize the bag before you use it for growing mushrooms. Some bags come with self-healing injection ports, which make it easier to insert spores. Once the mushroom spores have colonized, you can inoculate them into the spawn using a spore syringe.
Depending on the variety of mushrooms that you want to grow, you can use different types of bags. For instance, shiitake mushrooms typically require a UNICORN M filter, while other varieties may require an OB filter. Regardless of the type of mushroom, you should choose a grow bag that is the right fit for your needs.
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