Indoor mushroom growing is fast becoming the way to go when it comes to cultivating the most delicious of fungi. Whether you grow them indoors or outdoors, mushrooms are some of the most diverse and flavorful of all edible plants. When the weather is at it’s best, having those mycelium running around will be best for creating your very own heavenly patch on indoor plants.
One of the first things to do to get started with indoor mushroom growing is to establish an adequate temperature and moisture level in your grow space. To do this, you’ll need to consider two factors: the heating pad you’re going to use and the type of plastic wrap you’re going to use for covering the floor of the chamber you intend to cultivate. The heating pad will obviously be a large heat sink, and the plastic wrap will be your moisture barrier. The first thing you want to do is put the pads and the plastic wrap in place, arranging them so they will cover every inch of the room you are growing in.
Next, you must make sure that the temperature inside your grow area is appropriate. Some people mistakenly believe that it is fine to let their Cucumbers and other edible mushrooms sit in the sun for extended periods of time. This is a common mistake, and here is why: although Sunlight is great for growing mushrooms indoors, exposing them to direct sunlight will lead to premature aging and even rotting. The best way to avoid this is to allow your vegetables to have a long period of direct sunlight during the day, and to use a good quality artificial lighting system to supplement the natural sunlight.
You can also use your Mycohydrogen system to provide the proper nutrients for your plantings. If you are growing mushrooms indoors, Mycohydrogen systems are often used by professional farmers because they are so easy and effective. A simple solution is to buy a commercially available Mycohydrogen kit and then install a simple, inexpensive filter on your kitchen tap. (You don’t need a pressure cooker, but if you do, you can skip this step.)
A simple fruiting body kit includes a piece of cardboard with an airlock on each side. The airlocks prevent air from being trapped between the mycelium and the substrate, thus allowing only the optimal amount of moisture to reach the mushrooms. Once you have your substrate ready, you will need to make your fruiting bodies. Typically, these consist of fiberglass or gauze-based rings, which adhere easily to the sides of a regular cardboard box. Cut a series of two-inch strips diagonally, and fold each strip in half. These strips will become the “limbs” that will connect the mushrooms to the mycelium.
Mushroom growing kits include instructions for making your mushrooms. Basic growing techniques include ensuring the proper moisture level and ensuring that the substrate has dried out enough. It’s important to remember that all mushrooms will require some type of media to keep them growing, whether it’s like plants or just water. However, unlike plants, there are no nutrients or other substances in mushrooms that are required for growth. As long as you keep your growing conditions clean, your mushrooms should thrive just like plants.
There are several different types of growing mushrooms indoors but all require some type of media. To get started, you can use straw or any other sturdy material to create a substrate. If you’re not comfortable growing straw, you can also purchase plastic tubing in a variety of colors and shapes. For a quick way to start growing mushrooms indoors, however, just line a few soda bottles up with the straw and let the roots take in some of the soda water.
Indoor mushroom growing is not easy, so you’ll want to have a place to grow your mushrooms. You can set up a small desk inside of your kitchen or even in the garage if it’s close enough. A small area outdoors works well, too. Some people like to use a stand which looks similar to a small grow tent. It’s important that you don’t get the grow tent too close to sunlight, because the UV rays from the sun can kill your plants. It’s also a good idea to check with the manufacturer to make sure that you are able to grow the type of mushroom you want to grow.