MushBag™ Grow Guide
Stage 1: Inoculation
You want to be in a nice clean environment, or as clean as you can possibly find. A kitchen surface wiped down with isopropyl alcohol will do the job, make sure to eliminate as much draft as possible from your work space.
1. Take your spore/culture syringe and shake it vigorously to disperse the solution.
2. Quickly remove the protective cap from the syringe, and replace it with the sterile needle. Do not remove the needle cover just yet!
Stage 2: Colonisation
Stage 3: Fruiting
Stage 4: Harvesting
Improving Your Grow: Tips and Tricks
- Always try to be as sterile as possible, you can never take sterility too far. You don’t want to put all this time, effort and money in only to get a contamination that ruins your grow.
- After you have misted the inside of the fruiting tent, put the grow pots back in. Then lightly fan the inside of the fruiting tent with a book, or something similar.
- If you want to give your mushrooms some more fresh air, you can leave the bag slightly open for a few hours each day. Make sure to close it back up again by folding the top over loosely.
- As cakes get older sitting in the fruiting tent, they are more likely to contaminate, so if you see any signs of contamination in one of your cakes. Immediately throw it far away to avoid contaminating the rest. To also avoid contaminating the rest of your cakes, you can clean out the fruiting tent and rinse off the cakes as well, washing off any of those mould spores which could have been spread around.
- You can increase your yield by taking your cake out of the container, you then want to soak these cakes in a large bowl of water it for 12 hours. You want to prepare your fruiting tent by putting the perlite at the bottom of the bag, and then placing small squares of tin foil on top. After your cakes have been soaking for 12 hours, rinse them off and place them on top of the foil. Proceed to fruit your cakes as normal by fanning and misting.
- If you are using a heating matt, be aware that it can cause stalling. Because the uneven heating of the matt, it warms up and dries out the bottom layer of your substrate. This is what can cause it to stall. So you might want to turn your heating matt off every now and then to try to prevent this. If you are using one of our incubators then you will be fine to keep it at optimal temperatures at all times, as the incubator heats the entire area evenly, which maintains a balanced and stable heating environment. Just make sure the temperatures do not exceed 27° when using our incubators, as they can get very warm.