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Frequently Asked Questions

We want you to grow your best, so here are the main tips and questions we frequently receive. We are here to help you as you harvest your Sporeo mushrooms. Here are our most Frequently Asked Questions.

Supplies should be stored in a cool, dark place. Mushroom kits have a limited shelf life because they are alive! The sooner you ‘activate’ your Sporeo growing kit the better. If you think that you won’t be starting your Sporeo kit for a week or more, you should store in the refrigerator.

When you are ready, bring out of refrigeration, sit at room temperature for 2 hours.

Yes, with a little care your Sporeo mushroom kit will provide two to three flushes of delicious mushrooms.

A commonly held belief among growers is that mycelium will grow faster in total darkness. There is no data to support this; however, significant exposure to direct UV light from the sun can be detrimental. Light is a secondary trigger for initiating fruiting bodies. During incubation the mycelium should be kept in a dark and warm place. The fruiting still requires a protected environment, but also needs light, preferably indirect sunlight provided by a window and of course fresh air.

1 to 2 weeks

Growth is initially slow, but after seven to eight days the mycelium grows exponentially. When the compost has been completely colonised by mycelium, growth stops on its own.

Within 2-4 weeks all your mushrooms should have fruited.

The time it takes for your mycelium-colonized substrate to put forth harvestable fruits depends on several .

Sometimes your grow kit may not produce mushrooms as quick as you expected, even despite following growing instructions. Some mushrooms are “late bloomers” who need a little more time to bloom, and some are picky about their humidity and temperature.

Mushrooms thrive in extremely high humidity, and not enough is often the problem.

A contamination is undesirable in your substrate or mycelium. Contamination is mainly caused by impurities in the air, soil or water, these may cause long-term problems in your growing culture. As they tend to spread quickly it is best to get rid of contaminated cultures and remove them from your healthy ones.

The good thing is they can be easily identified. Healthy mushroom mycelium is white.

If you spot the colours green, blue, grey, or black patches on or in your fruiting box, your culture is most likely contaminated. If you spot small blue stains in mycelium it may just be bruising and not mould. Especially where your mycelium presses against the grow box, you may see some blue spots.

Better to harvest earlier than later! Harvest mushrooms as soon as the ring breaks from the cap. You don’t want these mushrooms to grow too old and lose their impressive shape and potency. As a tip: Stringy mushrooms with long stems and little caps are usually suffocating from their own CO2. Give them some air!

Mushrooms tend to go bad within a few weeks in the fridge. If you want to save them or plan on using them for microdosing, the most effective way to store them for long term is drying. Drying your mushrooms should keep them potent for two to three years as long as they’re kept in a cool, dark, dry place. If they’re stored in the freezer, they’ll last indefinitely.

If you want to grow your Mushroom growing knowledge further there are great video blogs from mushroom farmers FreshCap Fungus, What the Fungus, The MushFarmer, Jewel’s Funky Fungi.

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