For first-time mushroom growers, we recommend using a kit. Due to the weather we experience in South-East Queensland, Mushroom Kits are only available between late March to early July.
Mushroom kits contain everything you need to get you started. Allowing for you to grow a variety of gourmet mushrooms for eating. They are becoming more popular and are a great way to get your kids involved with gardening.
Using a kit is quite straightforward. The substrate provided is already inoculated and incubated with mushroom spawn.
There are different types of growing kits so be sure to follow the instructions provided.
If you open the kit and the substrate is brown, then you need to reseal the box and keep it in the dark until the mycelium has colonized. If you open it and it is white or full of white threads, you know it is ready to go.
The two most common growing kits
1) All you must do is open the kit and fold back the plastic lining. Add the casing provided over the compost, loosely, do not compact and mist/spray the substrate every day. Within a few weeks, the mushrooms will be fully developed and ready to harvest.
2) You simply cut a “cross” into the side of the packaging and through to the substrate bag, then spray/mist twice a day, until the mushrooms are ready to harvest.