Growing Mushrooms At Home: How To Make A Mushroom Fruiting Chamber

Growing Mushrooms At Home: How To Make A Mushroom Fruiting Chamber

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Growingmushrooms at home is a fun, rewarding endeavor culminating in the deliciousfruits of your labor. Setting up a mushroom fruiting chamber is really the onlydifficult thing about growing mushrooms at home, and even then, a DIY mushroomhouse doesn’t have to be complex. To learn how to make your own mushroomfruiting chamber, read the following mushroom fruiting house ideas.

Setting Up a Mushroom Fruiting Chamber

The whole idea behind a DIY mushroom house is to simulatethe natural growing conditions of fungi. That is, recreating a humid forest.Mushrooms love high humidity, a bit of light and excellent airflow.

Commercial growers spend some serious dollars on buildingenergy intensive, air, humidity and temperature regulated grow rooms orunderground tunnels. Creating a DIY mushroom house doesn’t have to costly ornearly that comprehensive.

Requirements for Growing Mushrooms at Home

There are numerous mushroom fruiting ideas out there. Whatthey all have in common is attention to providing the correct CO2, humiditylevels, temperature and amount of light.

Ideally, the CO2 will be under 800 ppm, depending upon thetype of mushroom. There should be sufficient light to see by. Humidity shouldbe above 80% in the fruiting chamber and the temperature between 60-65 F.(16-18 C.) for some varieties. For example, oystermushrooms need different humidity and temps than shiitakes,which like it colder.

Look up the exact requirements for the specific type ofmushrooms you’re growing at home. Start with inoculated sterilized jars withcultures that are nicely colonized.

How to Make a Mushroom Fruiting Chamber

The absolute simplest mushroom fruiting house involves theuse of a clear plastic storage bin with a lid. Drill 4-5 holes into all sidesof the container. Wash the container and dry it thoroughly.

Pour 1-2 gallons of perliteinto the bottom of the container and add water until it is absorbed and theperlite is wet but not sodden. If you add too much water, drain the perlite soit is barely dripping. Aim on having 2-3 inches (5-7.6 cm.) of this wet perliteat the bottom of the container.

Find a good place for your fruiting chamber. Remember thisarea should comply with the above info regarding CO2, humidity, temperature andlighting.

Now it’s time to transfer the colonized mushrooms. Wearsterile gloves or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the mushroom culture.Gently remove the cake of mushroom culture and set it down into the dampperlite in the chamber. Space each cake a few inches (7.6 cm.) apart on thechamber floor.

Mist the inoculated cakes with distilled water no more thantwice a day and fan them using the plastic storage lid. Be careful aboutgetting the cakes too wet; they might mold. Use only a very fine misting bottleand hold it away from but above the cakes. Also, mist the lid of the container.

Keep the temperature and humidity level as consistent aspossible. Some mushrooms like it hot and some cold, so be sure to look up therequirements for your type of mushroom. If need be, use a fan to move the airaround and during colder months a humidifier and heater will help to maintain aconsistent temp and humidity level.

This is just one DIY mushroom fruiting house idea, and afairly simple one. Mushrooms can also be grown in buckets or clear plastic bagsthat have been placed in a glass chamber outfitted with a humidifier and fan.Mushrooms can be grown in almost anything your imagination comes up with aslong as it fulfills the above requirements for consistent CO2, humidity,temperature and light.

How to Construct a Mushroom Farming House

Today we better off find out which kind of housing we need for a better mushroom farming project. An ideal mushroom house should not be sited near dumping sites and livestock pens to reduce the risk of insect infestation and diseases. It should preferably be under shade.

The house can be made from locally available materials that can main cool temperatures and high humidity such as clay or bricks.

In a small scale mushroom farmer scenario, a grass thatched mud walled house is the most ideal.

The house should have air vents or small windows on the upper walls for ventilation and required light during fruiting. The vents and door should have insect screens and be closed.

If the temperature inside the house is high, water can be sprayed on the floor using a knapsack sprayer with fine nozzles and vents and door opened at night.

Wooden shelves for holding bags or wooden racks for hanging spawned substrate tubes should be constructed at the height of about 1.5 m from the ground and 1 m apart for ease of working in the growing house.

The housing should have waterproof roofs, high enough not to extend heat inside the house. They should have a good ventilation system.

Grow Your Own Mushrooms at Home

Discover the many benefits of this gardening trend

There’s no denying that many of us want to start our own gardens for different reasons. Some simply want to add a refreshing touch at home, a few would like to care for succulents and herbs, and there are those who want to grow their own vegetables and fruits.

If you belong to the latter group, you may want to start growing mushrooms, too. These are typically grown indoors—you just need a little space, time to work on it, and the right materials. You can set this up in the basement or you can also purchase ready-made growing kits. These kits can be placed inside unused cabinets or in any spot at home where you can control the amount of light, and monitor the temperature and humidity.

It sounds easy to accomplish as mushrooms grow from spores. To get started, choose the right culture spore for you. If you’re a first-timer, you can work with oyster and button mushrooms as these are the easiest to grow. In only one month, you’ll be ready to harvest the fruits of your labor.

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Need help getting started? There are online stores that offer growing kits, seminars, and training sessions. Follow these brands on social media today:

1. JMP Mushroom

JMP Mushroom not only aims to promote growing your own mushroom, but mushroom farming in general, too. They also hold seminars to help newbies.

Visit JMP Mushroom at Block 1 Lot 9, Luke Street, Del Mundo Village, Llano Caloocan City. You can also follow them on Facebook or get in touch with them via mobile at (0929 383-9797. You can also visit their website or send an e-mail to jmpmushroom[at]

2. The Mushroom Project

Looking for a mushroom growing kit? Follow and get in touch with The Mushroom Project on Facebook. You can also send an e-mail to the mushroomprojectph[at]

3. Magalang Mushroom Farmville

Once you’ve grown your own mushrooms, we’re sure you’d be on the lookout for recipes you can try. Magalang Mushroom Farmville offers mushroom spawn, recipes, and processed products that you view on their website.

Magalang Mushroom Farmville is located at 42 Rice Village, Barangay Ayala, Magalang, Pampanga. You can also get in touch with them through mobile at (0915) 426-5221.

To Your Income and Health!

Dr. Kurtzman's mushroom house contains 380 square feet of vertical growing surface. At peak output, he can expect to harvest 300 pounds a month, 12 months a year! Obviously, this is more fungi than even the most avid mushroom gourmand could eat, but with the price for oyster mushrooms running as high as $3.00 a pound it could very well be worth your while to seek outside markets for your surplus. Check with local vegetable wholesalers, restaurants, health food stores, and consumer co-ops.

Oyster mushrooms can be stored up to two days without refrigeration, after which they're subject to spoilage. However, if you sun-dry the delicacies on screen or cheesecloth trays (or in an oven at 140°F) and store them in a dark, dry place, they'll keep indefinitely. Another nice feature of Pleurotus is that you can easily reconstitute the dried mushrooms in a bowl of cool water.

Besides adding a festive and mouthwatering touch to your meals and putting cash in your pockets, mushrooms have many hidden virtues. For example, edible fungi are good sources of protein, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin C, folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. To top all that, mushrooms can be a dieter's best friend: they have about the same caloric value as an equivalent quantity of non-fattening apple!

And believe you me—monetary and health rewards aside—these marvelous homegrown mushrooms will be about the most delicious you've ever eaten. My taste buds will swear to it!

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