The cultivation of Flammulina velutipes or better known as Enoki or the Winter Mushroom, has a long history, especially in Asia, since its medicinal properties and nutritional values (Fig. 1). If you are interested in growing Enoki mushroom yourself, then you not only need to know the growing parameters but also how each one of … Continue reading How to cultivate Flammulina velutipes
For every kilogram of mushrooms produced, there will be 5 - 6 kg of by-product. As worldwide, around 12.74 million tons (MT) of mushrooms were consumed (2018) we will end up with 38.22 to 63.7 million tons of spent mushroom substrate each year. How do you deal with that? To answer this question, I will … Continue reading Can you reuse spent mushroom substrate?
Before we as mushroom farmers can grow mushrooms, we have to cultivate our mushroom strains first. This could be done by a company from which we buy our spawn or culture media, or we prepare the culture media ourselves. The type of culture media you or the company chooses determines the quality of the strain … Continue reading Finding the right culture media
In today's article, I want to address the influence of your cropping or substrate container on the yield and the size of your mushroom. Type of substrate container When it comes to the cultivation of mushrooms, many kinds of cropping containers can be used. This is especially true for small mushroom farmers. You can use … Continue reading How your cropping container can impact your mushroom yield
Not everything is blue or red or as they usually say, black or white. If light increases your yield or not depends on three things On the mushroom species, you are growingThe strain you choseThe phase the mushroom is in In this article, I will talk about what kind of light works for which mushroom … Continue reading How light will impact your mushroom yield
This article is a follow up on my article about 14 Strategies to Keep Your Fruiting Chamber Cool in Hot Climates. In it, I talked about the use of earth to air heat exchanger to bring down the temperature inside your greenhouse during hot seasons and heating during colder seasons. Due to the questions which … Continue reading How to control climate in greenhouses with an earth air heat exchanger
Mushrooms are growing almost everywhere. They are tasteful. They are healthy. It is, therefore, no wonder that people start to cultivate them around the world. But growing them in an artificial environment is a challenge of its own. There are many things like sterilization or the growing conditions which can go wrong. I wrote about … Continue reading 14 Strategies to Keep Your Fruiting Chamber Cool in Hot Climates
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
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?