No two mushroom names are the same! Are we talking the same language? It is a mess! But, there is hope. CHESTNUT MUSHROOM I recently read a headline talking about the increase in the demand for chestnut mushrooms. While reading the word chestnut mushroom, I had the following picture in mind (Figure 1). Figure 1: … Continue reading What kind of mushroom is this?
The cultivation of morel has fascinated mankind for more than 130 years. Many have tried to grow them outdoors as well as indoors. But they failed. Now it seems that the Chinese found a method which is working – at least for the outdoor cultivation of morels. But new challenges are on the horizon. These … Continue reading How to Cultivate Morels: A Step-by-Step Guide
Hello, and welcome to the world of mushroom. If you are just at the beginning of your journey, everything seems daunting. That was it, at least for me in the beginning. I did not know where to start, which steps I should take, and especially what are the best mushroom strain, to begin with. For … Continue reading Best Mushroom Strain for Beginners
Sterilization of the substrate is one of the critical steps when it comes to mushroom cultivation. Without a good sterilized substrate, the level of contamination within the substrate is too high for the mycelium to grow. This, therefore, leads to low yield or even worse to a total loss. While some mushroom farmers using a … Continue reading How to sterilize mushroom substrate without a pressure cooker
In today's article, I want to address the 12 common mistakes beginners do, and I did in the past. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp5Ul8a2QuU WANT TO DO EVERYTHING When you are first starting, you are super stoked. You maybe took a course and thinking "That is easy. I can do it." And then at one point or another, you … Continue reading 12 Common Mistakes Beginners Make | Mushroom farming
Short answer … Yes. Long answer … it’s complicated. While the cultivation of, for example, shiitake or oyster mushroom are well established the truffle, cultivation is on its way. That was at least my first impression when I started my research. But I was taught better. The leading cause of that, I reasoned, is the … Continue reading Can Truffles be Cultivated?
A common question of beginners is, "how long does it take to colonize a bag fully?" Instead of giving you just a list with some mushroom species and the time, I will provide you a detailed description of several factors that are influencing the growth of the mycelium. As the saying goes: "Give a man … Continue reading How long does it take to colonize a bag fully?
In essence, all mushrooms are fungi, but not all fungi are mushrooms! CLASSIFICATION To understand what mushrooms are, we first have to know how everything within the living world is classified (figure 1). Within the group Life, we have first the Domain and then the Kingdoms of which right now seven exists (figure 2). Figure … Continue reading What are Mushrooms?
Contamination is a devastating problem in mushroom cultivation. Besides, we, as humans, animals, and especially insects, can spread disease. In this article, I will provide you with tools and tactics to first prevent contamination happening, and second to cover if it already happened. These tools range from cheap and easy up to more advanced and … Continue reading 18 Ways to Keep Pests in Check
When it comes to packaging, many farmers don't spend much time thinking about it. At least that is what I have experienced in the past. Most of them just look at what other farmers are using and stick to it. While this seems to make sense, it often doesn't. Mainly because new mushroom farmers don't … Continue reading How to Store and Transport Your Mushrooms Properly