Each species of mushroom is a different growing experience. Even if you have grown mushrooms before, please read the instructions carefully before proceeding. If you run into any problems please see our FAQ.
Step 1: Mycelium Check
Inside of this box, mycelium has has been happily breaking down the organic growing medium and converting it into energy.
Open the box and remove the bag of Enoki mycelium and growing medium from the box. DO NOT OPEN THE BAG but instead inspect the block through the bag to determine what stage the mycelium is at.
What colour is it?
Mostly brown =
needs more time in a warm / dark location
Mostly white =
Ready to move on to step 2
If your mycelium needs more time to develop, return it to the box and place it in a warm location - over 15°C and NO MORE THAN 25°C. Check it for up to 2 weeks until it is almost completely covered white mycelium.
Step 2: Initiating Fruiting
Enoki can be fruited in 2 different ways. If you are interested is longer stems and smaller caps, cut open the top of you bag, make enough room for your mushrooms to grow, and seal the top of the bag with tape. Your mushrooms will grow inside this Co2 rich environment.
If you'd like to grow mushrooms with shorter stems and larger caps, let all of the air out of your bag and cut a large slit down the side of the bag. Your mushrooms will grow from this slit with plenty of access to oxygen.
Step 3: Finding an Ideal Location
Enoki Grows best in cooler temperatures. Find a spot in your house between 4-20 degrees C.
If you are growing your enoki inside the bag for a high co2 environment, you will not need to worry about humidity.
If you are growing your enoki through a slit, find a humid spot, or mist your kit with water from a clean spray bottle regularly.
Step 4: Growing
If you are growing your mushrooms inside of the bag, You won't need to preform any ongoing growing maintenance. Just be sure to monitor you mushrooms's growth. If your mushrooms are growing complexity without caps and you would like them to form some caps, open the top of the bag and mist daily with water from a clean spray bottle once the stems have reached the desired height.
If you are growing your mushrooms from a slit in the side of the block, mist them daily with water from a clean spray bottle.
Mushrooms grown with the bag sealed Amy not form any caps. If you like caps to form, open the top of the bag.
If you're growing your mushrooms from a slit in the side of the bag, mist them daily.
Caps will flatten as your mushrooms mature. Be sure to harvest them before they have all flattened.
Step 5: Harvest
Enoki stems are very long, so you'll need to harvest all of your mushrooms at once, being sure to remove all of the stems from the mycelium block.
Step 6: Second Flush
To get a second flush of mushrooms, make sure your mycelium block is nice and moist.
If you've grown it through a slit in the side of the bag, the plastic should have kept in a lot of moisture. Simply return to misting daily.
If you've grown you mushrooms from the top of you block, mist your block generously with clean water and resume growing process.
Step 7: What to do with your kit when it's finished producing mushrooms
Did you know that fungi play a key role in storing carbon? Trees and plants remove carbon from the atmosphere and fungi break down plant waste to create new carbon-rich soil. Clean air, healthy soil and delicious mushrooms: just one of the many ways fungi are incredible!
Once your kit has finished flushing, discard the bag in the general waste. You can now recycle the box and additional packaging and compost the block. Alternately, plant it in the garden to see if it will gain a some energy and produce one last seasonal crop for you! Simply dig a hole in a shady spot, bury the block and cover it over with around 5cm of soil. Water it occasionally to keep the soil moist.
We hope you've enjoyed growing your Enoki mushrooms!
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