Mushroom grow kits are a fun and easy way to try your hand at home mushroom cultivation. While they can be more complicated to maintain than other types of home-grown vegetables, if you follow the instructions carefully, you should have success growing mushrooms in your own home. Before purchasing a kit, however, it’s important to consider whether you are prepared for the maintenance and care involved. Some kits require regular soaking, specific humidity levels, or temperature-controlled environments.
The simplest mushroom grow kits include a block of organic substrate that has been inoculated with mushroom mycelium. They often come with a mister that needs to be spritzed two to three times a day to provide the necessary moisture level for the mushrooms to fruit. Some of these kits come with multiple varieties of mushrooms, while others only feature a single type.
A more sophisticated approach is a log-style kit, which comes with inoculated, pre-cut logs that are covered with cheese wax to prevent contamination and to protect the mycelium. These types of kits can be more challenging to care for, but they have the potential to yield larger amounts of mushrooms at each harvest.
Some mushroom grow kits are time-sensitive, meaning that they will start fruiting once they are delivered and must be tended immediately. It’s important to read the instructions thoroughly before purchasing a kit in order to understand the timeline for fruiting and how long it may take to receive a harvest.