When is the best time to cultivate fungi?
Unlike sowing seeds or planting trees, there isn’t an optimum time of year to start cultivating fungi – the great thing is that if the conditions are correct, you should see results!
Temperature, humidity and the substrate you’re using will all affect your success, so follow the instructions provided by your supplier and keep an eye on how your fungus is doing.
"Temperature, humidity and the substrate you’re using will all affect your success."
How to harvest your mushrooms
Once your fungus has started to fruit and produce mushrooms, keep it hydrated and things should move very quickly!
Using oyster mushrooms as an example, these are some signs to look out for to know the mushrooms are ready to be harvested:
Flattening at the top of the mushrooms
Darkening at the edges of the caps and gills (avoid the edges getting too dark!)
When the mushrooms are ready, either cut them with scissors at the base or pinch the base and twist firmly to pick them. Mushrooms that have hardened and dried out are past their best!
Is there a quicker option for growing mushrooms?
If you’re more interested in producing a one-off crop of mushrooms, rather than nurturing a fungus that could produce mushrooms over several years, there are different types of mushroom-growing kit available.
These kits have the fungal mycelium already developed and in a state where creating a warm, wet environment will encourage mushrooms to fruit.
Please note that you’ll need to dispose of the used substrate once you have harvested your mushrooms grown from a kit. Always follow the instructions!
And remember to keep an eye out for when Grow Wild's fungus kits become available in autumn.
We’re unable to provide individual advice since each fungus-growing project is unique and there are so many variables that can have an impact on results. However, you can join our Facebook group for fungus growers where you'll find like-minded people to share experiences and ideas.