What are Wild mushrooms?
Wild mushrooms are delicious and often used for medicinal purposes, and as the name implies, they grow and are found in the wild. These tasty and rich in flavor mushrooms can be found at a grocery store, but when you grow them at home they are certainly filled with more flavor. When hunting wild mushrooms it is very important that you be able to identify the species of mushroom. To do this you will need to make a spore print, and purchase spores of known mushrooms from a vendor to be able to cross reference under a microscope, until you know what they are. NEVER eat a wild mushroom that you do not know what the species is. You can get very very sick from doing so.
What do you need to grow them?
When you want to grow anything it always requires some type of equipment. And growing wild mushrooms is no exception. Here is a list of tools that you’ll need, along with a cool dark place for the spores to cultivate properly…
- Wild mushroom spores/spawn
- Growing tray or pan that is 3 inches deep.
- Heating pad
- Potting soil
- Large cloth to cover growing tray
- Spray bottle
- A cool dark place for the next six weeks
How to begin cultivation
Step 1: Choose your location wisely this needs to be a cool dark damp place such as a basement or closet.
Step 2: Place a heating pad under the growing tray and set it to around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 3: You’ll need to fill the growing tray or pan with the necessary growing medium. This depends on the type of wild mushrooms you will be growing. It can be compost, sawdust or a number of other things. Moisture is always important no matter what type of growing medium you are using.
Step 4: Sprinkle the spores or spawn on top and leave for around 3 to 4 weeks, until you see germination. Usually it looks like white webbing on top.
Step 5: Once you see they have germinated you’ll need to reduce the heating pad temperature to about 60 degree’s.
Step 6: Add a 1 inch layer of moist quality potting soil into the growing tray and cover with a damp cloth.
Step 7: Continue to spray water and mist daily to keep moist and humid.
In a few weeks you will begin seeing pinhead mushrooms growing from the soil. Once they fully mature you can start picking them and enjoying eating fresh and flavorful mushrooms!
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