Monday, October 10, 2011

Got Oyster Mushrooms!

September 26, 2011

On September 23, I picked up a couple oyster mushroom kits from The Mushroom Maestros. I hang up the kits in my garage that night, and on September 26, I saw white mycelia spreading all over the straws. That was a very good sign. However, on October 3, I also noticed some greenish areas in the kits. That was a bad sign. The green spots were likely to be getting moldy. When you see green mold growing on your mushroom kits, you can try to cut the green parts off. That's easier to do if you have a block mushroom kit. Since I have a straw kit, I just hoped that oyster mushroom mycelia would be able to fight the mold off. There were certainly a lot of good white mushroom mycelia, so I just let nature took its course.

October 3, 2011

Last week the weather had dramatically changed. We had 2 days of heavy rain, which was somewhat rare for the Bay Area to have rain so early in the (mushroom) season. This morning I checked on the kits again, and one of them is pinning (see photo below). I filled up a water bottle and misted both of them. It is raining again today, and that should further help the pins and mycelia to grow. This is definitely the farthest I have gotten with this type of mushroom kit! I will be checking on the kits on a daily basis from here on.

October 10, 2011

1 comment:

  1. Lina, thank you so much! We're so happy your kit is doing well. If you'd like we'd love to swing by and give you some oysters fresh to help you through the wait for yours to grow. email us and let us know.
    Love what you did here!
    Patty, Ray and Juliette