Shiitake Mushroom Kits
Open your Ready-to-Grow Mushroom kit box and check the label on the bag inside to determine
Ready-to-Grow Mushroom kit species.
Are you ready to use the Ready-to-Grow Mushroom kit?
If the answer is no, place the kit in a cold fridge (1-5 degrees).
Mushrooms kits can be kept in the fridge for up to 8 weeks.
If the answer is yes move on to Step 3.
Take your kit bag out of the box.
Fill the bag with cold tap water until the block is under water.
Step 5 – Soak
Place the bag in the fridge for 5-10 hours to cold shock the block.
(Don’t soak for too long or the block can get water logged).
Shiitake mushroom kits are one of the fastest to fruit. We incubate them for a minimum of 8-12
weeks so they are ready to burst out with mushrooms as soon as they arrive.
To start you will need:
A large bucket or a 30-50L plastic container to fruit them in.
(Bunnings sell them for approximtaely $7)
A waterproof table for the mushroom kit to sit on.
(Eg: A brick or a plastic lunch container)
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Wait! I see mushrooms coming through. Do I still soak?
Yes, still soak. But move quickly as the block is getting
ready to fruit.
Step 6 – Set up fruiting container and start growing.
Set up your fruiting container by placing your ‘waterproof table’ in the bucket/container.
Add about 0.5cm of water to the bottom of the bucket/container (this will help keep it humid).
Drain the water from the mushroom kit bag in the sink or garden.
Remove the mushroom block from the plastic bag and sit it on your waterproof table out of the
water. Place the containers lid down allowing air gaps.
Please Note: If you are using a plastic container, 1/4 turn the lid, (leaving 4 air gaps in each
corner), OR, if using a bucket place cling wrap over 80% of the top of the bucket to allow
fresh air and light to get in.
Mist the walls of your container with water 1-3 times per day as needed to keep it humid.
Mist the block with water 1-2 times per day until the pins start to form.
NOTE: Stop spraying the block directly when mushrooms start growing.
Harvest all of the mushrooms at once, then, rest your block somewhere dry for approximately
6 weeks. During this time it will fully dry out.
Head back up to Step 1 and begin again, your next flush.