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Ready-to-Fruit block instructions

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*CAUTIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS FOR READY-TO-FRUIT BLOCKS- MMM is not responsible for any issues that arise from these kits including health issues. Please see considerations below.

IF YOU PLAN ON CONSUMING YOUR HOME-GROWN MUSHROOMS MAKE SURE TO COOK THEM THOROUGHLY*. IF IT IS YOUR FIRST TIME EATING A SPECIES, IT IS BEST TO START WITH A SMALL AMOUNT TO SEE HOW YOUR BODY RESPONDS!
Please be mindful of Winecap identification from outdoor beds. There is always a chance for other species to grow out of the bed. You are responsible for what is put in your body, make sure you are picking and eating Winecap. I strongly recommend looking at a guide and looking at photos on the internet to correctly identify. Wikipedia is a good source to start.
*RED REISHI & TURKEY TAIL ARE NORMALLY PREPARED IN A TINCTURE OR TAKEN AS A SUPPLEMENT WHEN GROUND AND DRIED.

MUSHROOMS PRODUCE SPORES AS THEY DEVELOP. THIS IS A NATURAL MEANS OF REPRODUCTION FOR THE FUNGUS. THEY USUALLY APPEAR AS A DUSTY SURFACE ON YOUR GROW KIT BENEATH THE MUSHROOM CAPS. PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES OR COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEMS MAY WANT TO CONSIDER PUTTING FRUITING MUSHROOM KITS OUTDOORS OR IN A WELL-VENTILATED AREA AS AIRBORNE SPORES SOMETIMES CAUSE RESPIRATORY IRRITATION. SPORES MAY ALSO CAUSE IRRITATION FOR SOME NON-ALLERGIC OR IMMUNE COMPROMISED MUSHROOM GROWERS, THOUGH THIS IS RARE. HARVESTING MUSHROOMS WHILE STILL IN THEIR YOUNGER GROWTH STAGES WILL REDUCE THE OVERALL SPORE LOAD.

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Black Pearl Oyster Block- Instructions for use:

This information is specific to Black Pearl Oyster.

  1. Check your block upon arrival to make sure there are no tears or signs of mold from shipping. If the block has broken into pieces during shipping, gently press the block together and let sit 4-7 days undisturbed (ideally in the dark) before moving to step 2.
  2. Slice a 1-2″ slit into the bag or a 1″ “X” into the side of the block. Be careful not to cut into the block itself and just cut the plastic.
  3. Fold down the top of the bag and deflate the block, tape the top down so that there is minimal room between the block and plastic except where the cut was made.
  4. Place the Ready-to-Fruit block in the most humid part of your home (not in direct sunlight) or in a grow chamber or grow tent. The kitchen is a good household place in lieu of a dedicated fruiting chamber. Black Pearl oyster fruits best between 60-75°F but can fruit in the 50’s.
    Search online for easy to make fruiting chambers: monotubs, shot gun fruiting chambers (SGFCs) and tents with foggers/humidifiers are all great options and will likely increase success in fruiting and producing healthy fruits. Even a trash bag with plenty of holes can be used to increase humidity! If the Black Pearl oysters are produced in a fruiting chamber with less air exchange, they will have large stems and small caps similar to a king oyster.
  5. 2X daily (or more if your environment is dry) spritz the plastic with filtered/distilled water where the cut was made and look for mushroom “pins”. These are the start of mushrooms! Pins should take ~1-2 weeks to develop from the time of opening the bag.
  6. Continue to mist the fruits and plastic while they grow. Black Pearl Oysters are usually ready to harvest 5-10 days after pins form and should be harvested before the caps flatten out or become concave for tastiest results (see below for example).
  7. Cut the mushroom cluster from the block and enjoy for your next meal!
  8. Soak the block in fresh, cold, distilled/filtered water for 1-6 hours while inside the bag (pour into the opening) and then drain
  9. Put block back into fruiting conditions, you should get at least 1 more “flush” of mushrooms from the block. If pins do not form at the cut site, consider opening the plastic at the site of the largest set of pins for subsequent flushes and sealing the original site with tape.

Black Pearl Oyster top fruiting from Ready-to-Fruit 3lb block.. Large meaty stems. More King oyster phenotype Black Pearl Oyster top fruits. Large meaty stems. More King oyster phenotype

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Blue Oyster block- Instructions for use:

This information is specific to Blue Oyster.

  1. Check your block upon arrival to make sure there are no tears or signs of mold from shipping. If the block has broken into pieces during shipping, gently press the block together and let sit 4-7 days undisturbed (ideally in the dark) before moving to step 2.
  2. Slice a 1-2″ slit into the bag or a 1″ “X” into the side of the block. Be careful not to cut into the block itself and just cut the plastic.
  3. Fold down the top of the bag and deflate the block, tape the top down so that there is minimal room between the block and plastic except where the cut was made.
  4. Place the Ready-to-Fruit block in the most humid part of your home (not in direct sunlight) or in a grow chamber or grow tent. The kitchen is a good household place in lieu of a dedicated fruiting chamber. Blue oyster fruits best between 50-60°F but may fruit at ~50-70°F. The color will be more blue at lower temperatures.
    Note: If your fruiting conditions are on the 60-70°F side, consider leaving the block in a cooler part of your home (50-60°F) until pinning begins (see below) then moving back to the warmer temp. It is also possible to induce pinning with a “cold shock”- move the block to the fridge for 12-24 hours in a spot where it will not freeze and then move into fruiting conditions.
    Search online for easy to make fruiting chambers: monotubs, shot gun fruiting chambers (SGFCs) and tents with foggers/humidifiers are all great options and will likely increase success in fruiting and producing healthy fruits. Even a trash bag with plenty of holes can be used to increase humidity! If the Blue oysters produced in a fruiting chamber have large stems and small caps, more air exchange is needed.
  5. 2X daily (or more if your environment is dry) spritz the plastic with filtered/distilled water where the cut was made and look for mushroom “pins”. These are the start of mushrooms! Pins should take ~1-2 weeks to develop from the time of opening the bag.
  6. Continue to mist the fruits and plastic while they grow. Blue Oysters are usually ready to harvest ~3-7 days after pins form and should be harvested before the caps flatten out or become concave for tastiest results. If the mushrooms are producing white spores (look for a white dust on the surface below the cap) than it is time to harvest.
  7. Cut the mushroom cluster from the block and enjoy for your next meal!
  8. Soak the block in fresh, cold, distilled/filtered water for 1-6 hours while inside the bag (pour into the opening) and then drain
  9. Put block back into fruiting conditions, you should get at least 1 more “flush” of mushrooms from the block. If pins do not form at the cut site, consider opening the plastic at the site of the largest set of pins for subsequent flushes and sealing the original site with tape.

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Chestnut block- Instructions for use:

This information is specific to Chestnut Mushrooms.

  1. Check your block upon arrival to make sure there are no tears or signs of mold from shipping. If the block has broken into pieces during shipping, gently press the block together and let sit 4-7 days undisturbed (ideally in the dark) before moving to step 2.
  2. Slice a 1-2″ slit into the bag or a 1″ “X” into the side of the block. Be careful not to cut into the block itself and just cut the plastic.
  3. Fold down the top of the bag and deflate the block, tape the top down so that there is minimal room between the block and plastic except where the cut was made. If there are trapped mushroom ‘pins’ under the plastic, consider making the cut so they can grow out.
  4. Place the Ready-to-Fruit block in the most humid part of your home (not in direct sunlight) or in a grow chamber or grow tent. The kitchen is a good household place in lieu of a dedicated fruiting chamber. Chestnut Mushrooms fruit best between 60-70°F.
    Search online for easy to make fruiting chambers: monotubs, shot gun fruiting chambers (SGFCs) and tents with foggers/humidifiers are all great options and will likely increase success in fruiting and producing healthy fruits. Even a trash bag with plenty of holes can be used to increase humidity!
  5. 2X daily (or more if your environment is dry) spritz the plastic with filtered/distilled water where the cut was made and look for mushroom “pins”. These are the start of mushrooms! Pins should take ~1-4 weeks to develop from the time of opening the bag.
  6. Continue to mist the fruits and plastic while they grow. Chestnut Mushrooms are usually ready to harvest 5-10 days after pins form and should be harvested before the caps flatten out or become concave for tastiest results and best storage. See below images for an example of when to harvest. Figure 1: The mushrooms could go another 12-24 hours before harvesting in this photo but will be more tender. Figure 2: A perfect time to harvest! Photos of fruits grown by Brian from MMM Chestnut culture. 
  7. Cut the mushroom cluster from the block and enjoy for your next meal!
  8. Soak the block in fresh, cold, distilled/filtered water for 1-6 hours while inside the bag (pour into the opening) and then drain.
  9. Put block back into fruiting conditions, you should get at least 1 more “flush” of mushrooms from the block. If pins do not form at the cut site, consider opening the plastic at the site of the largest set of pins for subsequent flushes and sealing the original site with tape.

Figure 1:
Chestnut Mushroom Prior to Harvest

Figure 2:
Chestnut mushroom

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King Oyster block- Instructions for use:

This information is specific to King Oyster.

  1. Check your block upon arrival to make sure there are no tears or signs of mold from shipping. If the block has broken into pieces during shipping, gently press the block together and let sit 4-7 days undisturbed (ideally in the dark) before moving to step 2.
  2. Cut open the bag as close to the seal as possible. Fill the bag with air and gently fold over the top a single time and use 1 paperclip (or similar) in the center to keep the bag closed and relatively inflated with air.
  3. Place the Ready-to-Fruit block in an area of your home that is between 55-65°F (ideally 55-60°F). Check the bag daily for baby mushroom pins growing at the top of the bag. See below image for example of pins.
  4. Fold the top of the bag down (or cut it) to ~2 inches from the top of the mushroom pins.
  5. Place the Ready-to-Fruit block in the most humid part of your home (not in direct sunlight) or in a grow chamber or grow tent. The kitchen is a good household place in lieu of a dedicated fruiting chamber (as long as it is cold enough). King Oyster fruits best between 55-65°F.
    Search online for easy to make fruiting chambers: monotubs, shot gun fruiting chambers (SGFCs) and tents with foggers/humidifiers are all great options and will likely increase success in fruiting and producing healthy fruits. Even a clear trash bag with plenty of holes can be used to increase humidity! King Oysters are prized for their thick meaty stems produced when they have less air exchange, more air exchange will lead to larger caps which are still delicious.
  6. 2X daily (or more if your environment is dry) spritz the plastic sides and mushrooms with filtered/distilled water. Try to use a fine spray and not leave pools of water on the mushrooms. If they are drying out spray more than 2X per day.
  7. Continue to mist the fruits and plastic while they grow. King Oysters are usually ready to harvest 4-7 days after pins form and the top is folded/cut and should be harvested before the caps flatten out or become concave for tastiest results.
  8. Cut the mushroom cluster from the block and enjoy for your next meal!
  9. Soak the block in fresh, cold, distilled/filtered water for 1-6 hours while inside the bag (pour into the opening) and then drain.
  10. Put block back into fruiting conditions, you should get at least 1 more “flush” of mushrooms from the block.

king oyster pinset

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Lion’s Mane & Lion’s Mane (High Temperature Tolerant) block- Instructions for use:

This information is specific to Lion’s Mane.

  1. Check your block upon arrival to make sure there are no tears or signs of mold from shipping. If the block has broken into pieces during shipping, gently press the block together and let sit 4-7 days undisturbed (ideally in the dark) before moving to step 2.
    Lion’s mane has notoriously thin and wispy mycelium, if the block appears uncolonized let it sit 2-4 days and it should begin to whiten.
  2. Slice a 1-2″ slit into the bag or a 1″ “X” into the side of the block. Be careful not to cut into the block itself and just cut the plastic. If there are mushroom pins, consider creating the opening around a group of pins (see below image).
  3. Fold down the top of the bag and deflate the block, tape the top down so that there is minimal room between the block and plastic except where the cut was made.
  4. Place the Ready-to-Fruit block in the most humid part of your home (not in direct sunlight) or in a grow chamber or grow tent. The kitchen is a good household place in lieu of a dedicated fruiting chamber. Lion’s Mane fruits best between 60-75°F (60-85°F for the High Temperature Tolerant culture).
    Search online for easy to make fruiting chambers: monotubs, shot gun fruiting chambers (SGFCs) and tents with foggers/humidifiers are all great options and will likely increase success in fruiting and producing healthy fruits. Even a trash bag with plenty of holes can be used to increase humidity! If the Lion’s Mane produced in a fruiting chamber have large stems and long thin teeth, more air exchange is needed.
  5. 2X daily (or more if your environment is dry) spritz the plastic with distilled/filtered water where the cut was made and look for mushroom “pins”. These are the start of mushrooms! Pins should take ~1-2 weeks to develop from the time of opening the bag.
  6. Continue to mist the fruits and plastic while they grow. Lion’s Mane are usually ready to harvest ~7-14 days after pins form and should be harvested before the teeth elongate too much and produce spores for tastiest results (see below image).
  7. Cut the mushroom cluster from the block and enjoy for your next meal!
  8. Soak the block in fresh distilled/filtered water for 1-6 hours while inside the bag (pour into the opening) and then drain from the bag.
  9. Put block back into fruiting conditions, you should get at least 1 more “flush” of mushrooms from the block. If pins do not form at the cut site, consider opening the plastic at the site of the largest set of pins for subsequent flushes and sealing the original site with tape.

Lion’s Mane pin formation:Lion's Mane mushroom pins on the ready-to-fruit kit

Lion’s Mane fruits at good time to pick. Might have been best to go 1 day more for slightly more growth.Lion's Mane mushrooms ready to be harvested on the ready-to-fruit kit

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Hen of the Woods/HOTW/Maitake block- Instructions for use:

This information is specific to Hen of the Woods/HOTW/Maitake.

  1. Check your block upon arrival to make sure there are no tears or signs of mold from shipping. If the block has broken into pieces during shipping, gently press the block together and let sit 3-5 days undisturbed before moving to step 2.
  2. Pull the top of the bag upwards and allow the headspace to fill with air to create an open space around the top of the block. If necessary, cut a small hole to allow air into the bag and tape shut. The block should be sitting with the filter patch at the top sitting up.
  3. Place the block in indirect sunlight in a 50-60°F location and allow primordia (the start of mushrooms) to form at the surface. Primordia will be dark gray/brown in color and form almost growths that will develop over 4-8 weeks.
  4. Once the primordia have formed, cut the top of the bag at the seal. Place the Ready-to-Fruit block in the most humid part of your home (not in direct sunlight but indirect sunlight is required) or in a grow chamber/fruiting chamber or grow tent. The kitchen is a good household place in lieu of a dedicated fruiting chamber but HOTW does best with a high and relatively stable humidity that a fruiting chamber provides. Hen of the Woods fruits best between 55-65°F.
    Search online for easy to make fruiting chambers: monotubs, shot gun fruiting chambers (SGFCs) and tents with foggers/humidifiers are all great options and will likely increase success in fruiting and producing healthy fruits. Even a trash bag with plenty of holes can be used to increase humidity!
  5. 2X daily (or more if your environment is dry) spritz the plastic with filtered/distilled water where the cut was made and watch the mushrooms form from the primordia. Avoid getting the substrate inside the block too wet and do not let mushrooms get wet. Mushrooms should never be wet for more than 1-2 hours after misting to avoid bacterial issues. The bag/fruiting chamber should be retaining the humidity.
  6. Continue to mist the plastic while they grow or retain in a humid fruiting chamber. Every ~ 2 weeks, roll down about ~1/3 of the bag such that, after 6 weeks the mushrooms and top of the block are exposed. Hen of the Woods are usually ready to harvest 6-8 weeks after primordia form and should be harvested before the caps flatten out or become concave for tastiest results. If a fruiting chamber is not being used, do not roll the plastic below the mushroom cluster to try and retain humidity. If the mushrooms begin to dry out, harvest early.
  7. Cut the mushroom cluster from the block and enjoy for your next meal!
  8. Soak the block in fresh, cold, distilled/filtered water for 1-6 hours while inside the bag (pour into the opening) and then drain
  9. Put block back into fruiting conditions by rolling up the bag, sealing with a zip-tie or rubber band and beginning from step 2. You should get at least 1 more “flush” of mushrooms from the block.
  10. Once the block is done producing or if there are any issues getting mushrooms to grow, put the block outside (remove plastic) in a shaded area that is moist (low to the ground is best). There is a good chance your block will produce mushrooms outdoors if conditions are right. Consider soaking the block if it gets too dry.

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Pearl Oyster block- Instructions for use:

This information is specific to Pearl Oyster.

  1. Check your block upon arrival to make sure there are no tears or signs of mold from shipping. If the block has broken into pieces during shipping, gently press the block together and let sit 4-7 days undisturbed (ideally in the dark) before moving to step 2.
  2. Slice a 1-2″ slit into the bag or a 1″ “X” into the side of the block. Be careful not to cut into the block itself and just cut the plastic.
  3. Fold down the top of the bag and deflate the block, tape the top down so that there is minimal room between the block and plastic except where the cut was made.
  4. Place the Ready-to-Fruit block in the most humid part of your home (not in direct sunlight) or in a grow chamber or grow tent. The kitchen is a good household place in lieu of a dedicated fruiting chamber. Pearl oyster fruits best between 65-75°F.
    Search online for easy to make fruiting chambers: monotubs, shot gun fruiting chambers (SGFCs) and tents with foggers/humidifiers are all great options and will likely increase success in fruiting and producing healthy fruits. Even a trash bag with plenty of holes can be used to increase humidity! If the pearl oysters produced in a fruiting chamber have large stems and small caps, more air exchange is needed.
  5. 2X daily (or more if your environment is dry) spritz the plastic with distilled/filtered water where the cut was made and look for mushroom “pins”. These are the start of mushrooms! Pins should take ~1-2 weeks to develop from the time of opening the bag.
  6. Continue to mist the fruits and plastic while they grow. Pearl Oysters are usually ready to harvest ~3-7 days after pins form and should be harvested before the caps flatten out or become concave for tastiest results.
  7. Cut the mushroom cluster from the block and enjoy for your next meal!
  8. Soak the block in fresh, cold, distilled/filtered water for 1-6 hours while inside the bag (pour into the opening) and then drain
  9. Put block back into fruiting conditions, you should get at least 1 more “flush” of mushrooms from the block. If pins do not form at the cut site, consider opening the plastic at the site of the largest set of pins for subsequent flushes and sealing the original site with tape.

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Pink Oyster block- Instructions for use:

This information is specific to Pink Oyster.

  1. Check your block upon arrival to make sure there are no tears or signs of mold from shipping. If the block has broken into pieces during shipping, gently press the block together and let sit 4-7 days undisturbed (ideally in the dark) before moving to step 2.
  2. Slice a 1-2″ slit into the bag or a 1″ “X” into the side of the block. Be careful not to cut into the block itself and just cut the plastic.
  3. Fold down the top of the bag and deflate the block, tape the top down so that there is minimal room between the block and plastic except where the cut was made.
  4. Place the Ready-to-Fruit block in the most humid part of your home (not in direct sunlight) or in a grow chamber or grow tent. The kitchen is a good household place in lieu of a dedicated fruiting chamber. Pink oyster fruits best between 70-85°F.
    Search online for easy to make fruiting chambers: monotubs, shot gun fruiting chambers (SGFCs) and tents with foggers/humidifiers are all great options and will likely increase success in fruiting and producing healthy fruits. Even a trash bag with plenty of holes can be used to increase humidity! If the pink oysters produced in a fruiting chamber have large stems and small caps, more air exchange is needed.
  5. 2X daily (or more if your environment is dry) spritz the plastic with distilled/filtered where the cut was made and look for mushroom “pins”. These are the start of mushrooms! Pins should take ~1-2 weeks to develop from the time of opening the bag.
  6. Continue to mist the fruits and plastic while they grow. Pink Oysters are usually ready to harvest ~5-10 days after pins form and should be harvested before the caps flatten out or become concave for tastiest results.
  7. Cut the mushroom cluster from the block and enjoy for your next meal!
  8. Soak the block in fresh, cold, distilled/filtered water for 1-6 hours while inside the bag (pour into the opening) and then drain
  9. Put block back into fruiting conditions, you should get at least 1 more “flush” of mushrooms from the block. If pins do not form at the cut site, consider opening the plastic at the site of the largest set of pins for subsequent flushes and sealing the original site with tape.

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Red Reishi block- Instructions for use:

This information is specific to Red Reishi.

  1. Check your block upon arrival to make sure there are no tears or signs of mold from shipping. If the block has broken into pieces during shipping, gently press the block together and let sit 4-7 days undisturbed (ideally in the dark) before moving to step 2.
    Red Reishi has notoriously leathery and sometimes yellowish mycelium.
    For antlers, go to step 2
    For conks, go to step 3
  2. (For antlers) Pull the top of the bag up so that it sits upright as much as possible.- Go to step 5
  3. (For conks) Slice a 1-2″ slit into the bag or a 1″ “X” into the side of the block. Be careful not to cut into the block itself and just cut the plastic.
  4. Fold down the top of the bag and deflate the block, tape the top down so that there is minimal room between the block and plastic except where the cut was made.
  5. Place the Ready-to-Fruit block in the most humid part of your home (not in direct sunlight) or in a grow chamber or grow tent. The kitchen is a good household place in lieu of a dedicated fruiting chamber. Red Reishi fruits best between 70-85°F but will grow (albeit slowly!) as low as the 50s.
    Search online for easy to make fruiting chambers: monotubs, shot gun fruiting chambers (SGFCs) and tents with foggers/humidifiers are all great options and will likely increase success in fruiting and producing healthy fruits. Even a trash bag with plenty of holes can be used to increase humidity!
    Antlers are produced inside the bag, they will grow towards the light source. They do not need to be kept in a humid environment or spritzed. Eventually the top of the bag can be cut and put into a fruiting chamber and conks will form if that is what is wanted.
  6. If cut, spritz the plastic with distilled/filtered water where the cut was made 2X daily (or more if your environment is dry) and look for mushroom “pins”. These are the start of mushrooms! Pins should take ~2-3 weeks to develop from the time of opening the bag and will look like a white/yellow blob that grows outside the opening. Antlers will look like white/yellow blobs forming on the top surface of the block, towards the top where the air is.
  7. If cut, continue to mist the fruits and plastic while they grow. Red reishi are slow growing and are usually ready to harvest 6-8 weeks after pins form and should be harvested before too many spores are produced (conks) or when the antlers lose the white tips and stop growing or begin to grow and conk outside the filter patch.
  8. Cut the conk or antler cluster from the block and enjoy as a tincture or as a dried supplement (see below warning).
  9. Soak the block in fresh distilled/filtered water for 1-6 hours while inside the bag (pour into the opening) and then drain from the bag.
  10. Put block back into fruiting conditions, you should get at least 1 more “flush” of mushrooms from the block. If pins do not form at the cut site, consider opening the plastic at the site of the largest set of pins for subsequent flushes and sealing the original site with tape.

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Shiitake Block- Instructions for use:

This information is specific to Shiitake.

  1. Check your block upon arrival to make sure there are no tears or signs of mold from shipping. If the block has broken into pieces during shipping, gently press the block together and let sit 4-7 days undisturbed (ideally in the dark) before moving to step 2.
  2. Let the block finish maturing.
  3. After 1-6 weeks the block will begin to “popcorn” where bulbs form on the outside and it may also begin to brown on the outside (sometimes getting nearly completely brown). See photos below for example of “popcorning”.
  4. Induce pinning: To induce pinning the best option is to first slap the block and then put into the fridge for 12-24 hours (a “cold shock”). Literally slap the block on all sides (this is thought to stimulate a dead tree falling and is a practice used for centuries!) and put in a part of the fridge where it will not freeze. If a fridge is not available than try to move the blocks to the coldest room of your home, a garage/basement/crawl space, or even possibly outside it should be sufficient. You want the blocks to get at least 5-10°F less than where they will be fruiting.
  5. Once the block has been cold shocked, let sit at room temp for 24 hours. After 24 hours at room temp, remove the block from the bag entirely and place into fruiting conditions. Consider doing this over your sink and rinsing the block with cold water if there is any liquid in the bag.
  6. Place the Ready-to-Fruit block in the most humid part of your home (not in direct sunlight) or in a grow chamber or grow tent. The kitchen is a good household place in lieu of a dedicated fruiting chamber. Shiitake fruits best between 60-70°F but may fruit at ~50-75/80°F.
    Search online for easy to make fruiting chambers: monotubs, shot gun fruiting chambers (SGFCs) and tents with foggers/humidifiers are all great options and will likely increase success in fruiting and producing healthy fruits. Even a trash bag with plenty of holes can be used to increase humidity!
  7. 2X daily (or more if your environment is dry) spritz the block with filtered/distilled water and look for mushroom “pins”. These are the start of mushrooms! Pins should take ~3-14 days to develop after the cold shock. See below for example of pins and what they look like.
  8. Continue to mist the fruits and block while they grow. Shiitake are usually ready to harvest ~4-10 days after pins form and should be harvested before the caps flatten out and begin to drop spores. Earlier harvesting (once the cap opens) can be ideal as the fruits are tastier and less fibrous, but it will decrease yields. See below for example on mushrooms ready for harvest.
  9. Cut the mushrooms from the block and enjoy for your next meal!
  10. To get another flush of mushrooms, allow the block to dry out for 2-4 weeks. It should be done in an area where the block is exposed (like a wire rack) or turn the block every 1-3 days to avoid moisture building on the bottom. The block should nearly completely dry out.
  11. After the block is dried, Soak the block in fresh, cold, distilled/filtered water for ~24 hours. You may need to put a heavy plate on the block to submerge it.
  12. After 24 hours soak, slap each side of the block and put the block back into fruiting conditions; you should get at least 1 more “flush” of mushrooms from the block.

3. “Popcorning”
Shiitake mushroom culture popcorn / popcorningshiitake mushroom block popcorn / popcorning

7. These pins formed in the bag after they were kept in my basement as winter was approaching and temps dropped.
Warm fruiting shiitake ready-to-fruit block pinning

8: Image below is from @fungi_am_i who grew this culture around 71°F:Shiitake mushrooms grown by customer at 71 degrees F

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Sporeless Oyster Block- Instructions for use
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This information is specific to Sporeless Oyster.

  1. Check your block upon arrival to make sure there are no tears or signs of mold from shipping. If the block has broken into pieces during shipping, gently press the block together and let sit 4-7 days undisturbed (ideally in the dark) before moving to step 2.
  2. Slice a 1-2″ slit into the bag or a 1″ “X” into the side of the block. Be careful not to cut into the block itself and just cut the plastic.
  3. Fold down the top of the bag and deflate the block, tape the top down so that there is minimal room between the block and plastic except where the cut was made.
  4. Place the Ready-to-Fruit block in the most humid part of your home (not in direct sunlight) or in a grow chamber or grow tent. The kitchen is a good household place in lieu of a dedicated fruiting chamber. Sporeless oyster fruits best between 60-70°F but may fruit at ~55-75°F.
    Search online for easy to make fruiting chambers: monotubs, shot gun fruiting chambers (SGFCs) and tents with foggers/humidifiers are all great options and will likely increase success in fruiting and producing healthy fruits. Even a trash bag with plenty of holes can be used to increase humidity! If the Sporeless oysters produced in a fruiting chamber have large stems and small caps, more air exchange is needed.
  5. 2X daily (or more if your environment is dry) spritz the plastic with filtered/distilled water where the cut was made and look for mushroom “pins”. These are the start of mushrooms! Pins should take ~1-2 weeks to develop from the time of opening the bag.
  6. Continue to mist the fruits and plastic while they grow. Sporeless Oysters are usually ready to harvest ~3-7 days after pins form and should be harvested before the caps flatten out or become concave for tastiest results.
  7. Cut the mushroom cluster from the block and enjoy for your next meal!
  8. Soak the block in fresh, cold, distilled/filtered water for 1-6 hours while inside the bag (pour into the opening) and then drain
  9. Put block back into fruiting conditions, you should get at least 1 more “flush” of mushrooms from the block. If pins do not form at the cut site, consider opening the plastic at the site of the largest set of pins for subsequent flushes and sealing the original site with tape.

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Turkey Tail block- Instructions for use:

This information is specific to Turkey Tail.

  1. Check your block upon arrival to make sure there are no tears or signs of mold from shipping. If the block has broken into pieces during shipping, gently press the block together and let sit 3-5 days undisturbed before moving to step 2 or 3.
    For rosettes, go to step 2
    For shelves, go to step 3
  2. (For rosettes) Pull the top of the bag up so that it sits upright as much as possible.
    Let sit at room temperature until white and yellowish/brownish mycelium lumps (primordia) form at the top of the block. This will take 1-4 weeks.
    Fold the top of the bag down (or cut it) to ~1 inches from the top of the mushroom primordia.
    – Go to step 5
  3. (For shelves) Slice a 1-2″ slit into the bag or a 1″ “X” into the side of the block. Be careful not to cut into the block itself and just cut the plastic.
  4. Fold down the top of the bag and deflate the block, tape the top down so that there is minimal room between the block and plastic except where the cut was made.
  5. Place the Ready-to-Fruit block in the most humid part of your home (not in direct sunlight) or in a grow chamber or grow tent. The kitchen is a good household place in lieu of a dedicated fruiting chamber. Turkey Tail fruits best between 65-75°F but will grow from ~50-85°F but time and form may differ at the extremes.
    Search online for easy to make fruiting chambers: monotubs, shot gun fruiting chambers (SGFCs) and tents with foggers/humidifiers are all great options and will likely increase success in fruiting and producing healthy fruits. Even a trash bag with plenty of holes can be used to increase humidity!
  6. Spritz the plastic with distilled/filtered water where the cut was made or at the top of the block 2X daily (or more if your environment is dry) and look for mushroom primordia. These are the start of mushrooms! Primordia should take ~2 weeks to develop from the time of slicing open the bag (shelves only, rosette primordia should be formed before opening the bag, see step 2).
  7. Continue to mist the fruits and plastic while they grow. Turkey Tail are slow growing and are usually ready to harvest 3-8 weeks after primordia form and should be harvested while the undersides are still white.
  8. Cut the cluster from the block and enjoy as a tincture, tea, or as a dried supplement (see below warning).
  9. Soak the block in fresh distilled/filtered water for 1-6 hours while inside the bag (pour into the opening) and then drain from the bag.
  10. Put block back into fruiting conditions, you should get at least 1 more “flush” of mushrooms from the block. If pins do not form at the cut site, consider opening the plastic at the site of the largest set of pins for subsequent flushes and sealing the original site with tape.

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Instructions for use:

This information is specific to Winecap.

  1. Check your block upon arrival to make sure there are no tears or signs of mold from shipping.
  2. Prepare your Winecap bed. I recommend 1 3lb spawn bag per 25 square feet. Winecap beds are best produced on or around existing woodchip/mulch beds and in the shade.
    Winecap beds prepared in Spring after frost concerns generally produce late Summer and Fall and Late Summer/Fall prepared beds tend to fruit in Spring/Summer of the following year. Beds can be “fed” yearly with a new layer of straw and woodchips to continue to produce. A single bed produced as described below, should produce for at least 1-2 year(s) (2-4 fruiting seasons).
  3. Gather bed materials- hardwood woodchips and straw are recommended. Presoaked is ideal, but you can soak as you create the bed.
  4. Rake out bed to soil level if not being put on existing woodchips/mulch. There should not be plants or weeds for best results.
  5. Put a layer of woodchips, about 1-2″ deep as base layer.
  6. Add a thin layer of straw.
  7. Add a thin layer of Winecap spawn. Break it into small pieces and spread, it does not need to be a perfect even layer.
  8. Add a thin layer of woodchips, a thin layer of straw and a thin layer of spawn. Top with a layer of woodchips that covers the bed fairly completely and evenly.
  9. Soak the bed with water.
  10. Continue to keep the bed moist, it should be watered on days without rain and when hot/dry. Drip systems can be best. There inside of the bed should remain moist- if the top layer is dry it likely is due for a watering.
    Consider checking on the bed about 1 per week when first made. You can gently dig into a portion of the bed to see if white mycelium is growing from the spawn into the straw and woodchips.
  11. After 2-11 months, the bed will produce mushrooms! They can be picked before the cap opens (“buttons”) or, after 1-2 more days, once the cap is opened.
    Please be mindful of Winecap identification. There is always a chance for other species to grow out of the bed. You are responsible for what is put in your body, make sure you are picking and eating Winecap. I strongly recommend looking at a guide and looking at photos on the internet to correctly identify. Wikipedia is a good source to start.
    We are currently accepting photographs of any of the above steps for clarification for future customers, including photos of beds, fruits etc. Thank you!
  12. Yearly, usually in the spring, it is recommended to “feed” the bed to allow continued production without diminishing returns. This is best done by adding a new layer of spawn, straw then woodchips to the top of a bed. One can also gently mix some of the top of the bed into a fresh straw layer, and then add a layer of woodchips, but adding fresh spawn is ideal.

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Instructions for use:

This information is specific to Yellow Oyster.

  1. Check your block upon arrival to make sure there are no tears or signs of mold from shipping. If the block has broken into pieces during shipping, gently press the block together and let sit 3-5 days undisturbed before moving to step 2.
  2. Slice a 1-2″ slit into the bag or a 1″ “X” into the side of the block. Be careful not to cut into the block itself and just cut the plastic.
  3. Fold down the top of the bag and deflate the block, tape the top down so that there is minimal room between the block and plastic except where the cut was made.
  4. Place the Ready-to-Fruit block in the most humid part of your home (not in direct sunlight) or in a grow chamber or grow tent. The kitchen is a good household place in lieu of a dedicated fruiting chamber. Yellow Oyster fruits best between 75-80°F but may fruit at ~70-90°F (drop temp lower than 80°F to induce pinning before running at 85-90°F if possible.
    Note: Search online for easy to make fruiting chambers: monotubs, shot gun fruiting chambers (SGFCs) and tents with foggers/humidifiers are all great options and will likely increase success in fruiting and producing healthy fruits. Even a trash bag with plenty of holes can be used to increase humidity! If the Yellow Oysters produced in a fruiting chamber have large stems and small caps, more air exchange is needed.
  5. 2X daily (or more if your environment is dry) spritz the plastic with filtered/distilled water where the cut was made and look for mushroom “pins”. These are the start of mushrooms! Pins should take ~1-2 weeks to develop from the time of opening the bag.
  6. Continue to mist the fruits and plastic while they grow. Yellow Oysters are usually ready to harvest ~3-7 days after pins form and should be harvested before the caps flatten out or become concave for tastiest results. If the mushrooms are producing white spores (look for a white dust on the surface below the cap) then it is time to harvest.
  7. Cut the mushroom cluster from the block and enjoy for your next meal!
  8. Soak the block in fresh, cold, distilled/filtered water for 1-6 hours while inside the bag (pour into the opening) and then drain
  9. Put block back into fruiting conditions, you should get at least 1 more “flush” of mushrooms from the block. If pins do not form at the cut site, consider opening the plastic at the site of the largest set of pins for subsequent flushes and sealing the original site with tape.

What is MESH

Why do you need to use MESH for card payments?

There has been a lot of mycophobia surrounding spore microscopy products. As such, many credit card processors will not work with us and many other spore vendors, causing a loss of card processing. MESH allows us to accept cards and begin to create a history of card use for spores, which may be the change this industry needs to support growth. We would love to provide traditional card processing where you enter your card directly on the website and that is the end goal; however, until a company is able to support us in that way, we are pleased to allow customers the chance to use their card through MESH. Many other companies that cannot be supported through traditional card processing are beginning to use MESH- search the below text and you’ll find other companies that support MESH with difficult to fund products. MESH charges fees to allow card processing of products that do not have normal card processing that MushroomMan Mycology does not receive (see bottom of page) so we offer at least 1 freebie with all MESH orders.

What is MESH?

MESH is a simple and secure method for online purchases.  MESH brings the Customer and the Merchant inside the same financial institution to handle real-time payments that might not otherwise be able to be processed using credit or debit cards.

The following steps are what you can expect using MESH. If you are already a MESH account holder you can expect your transaction to takes less than a minute from start to finish.
You must have third party cookies enabled/pop-ups allowed for MESH to load and function properly at checkout. Once your order is completed any blockers can be reactivated.

1) Login to your Mesh account.  (If you don’t currently have a MESH account, system will guide you setting up your MESH account during the checkout process.  This typically takes under a minute.)
2) Fund your MESH account with a MESH load pack. (MESH accepts VISA, Discover, and Mastercard)
Please note– The MESH charge on your card/bank statement will be discrete. Your order charge will show up as “Plexconnect”. PLEASE recognize that “Plexconnect” is the MESH transaction with this store.

3) Activate MESH load pack

4) Complete your purchase.  You’re not yet finished until you complete your purchase and return to the shopping cart with confirmation.
5) MESH confirms your funds transfer directly with the Merchant.

MESH Customers use an FDIC insured bank account to directly purchase and pay for online purchases from participating merchants.  Since MESH Customers have a real FDIC insured checking account they can load funds via Paypal or an external checking account.  If you can send funds to a checking account, then you can fund your MESH account.

MESH IS SECURE.  MESH never shares your personal information with any 3rd party other than the bank where your MESH checking account resides.  Opening a MESH account has no impact on credit scores, nor is the information shared with any credit reporting agency.  Also, MESH confirms each purchase with 2 factor authentication to your mobile phone, so your funds are safe from unauthorized use.

For additional information and customer service please visit www.mymesh.money

  • Please note that there are fees associated with MESH that MushroomMan Mycology does not receive. At this time (Aug 2021) the customer can expect to pay a 12-15% fee on top of the total from MushroomMan Mycology. To show my appreciation for customers using MESH and paying these fees, all orders receive at least 1 free spore syringe when using MESH and additional freebies are offered for large orders with larger fees. THANK YOU

 

 

Past Variety Descriptions

Ban Hua Thanon- Ban Hua Thanon originated on the Thailand island of Koh Samui. This variety was first domesticated in Europe before being sent to John Allen and spread around the world. Some great Thai genetics with some mutants.

Golden Cluster Fuck F3- Veritas Mycology developed GCF- it is derived from Golden Teacher and the selection criteria were clustered fruits. These spores are only F3, so the strain is new and unstable, but it is an interesting genetic snapshot for your spore library!

Tidal Wave F3– Tidal Wave is an F3 cross of PE and B+. The prints are dark and this variety doesn’t need to be swabbed. Note that this is not a stable variety as it is only F3. A very interesting batch of genetics for any spore library!

Wikidzon- Wikidzon is an interesting variety with a convoluted past. It is rumored to be a strain developed from PESA; however, it hasn’t been verified.

Wollongong– As the name suggests, Wollongong originated south of Sydney in Australia. This is one of the few Australian strains available, grab it for your spore library today!

Cordyceps militaris growing guide

Here are some pointers to get folks started cultivating Cordyceps militaris at home. I am selling nutrients and cultures so get your cordy on!

Containers– a great first container are quart mason jars with a modified lid to allow for gas exchange. Any PP5 container is also usable as long as there is 3-6 inches of head space above substrate and there is a gas exchage port in the lid. The cordyceps cultivation kit allows users to make 10-15 quart jars worth of substrate.

Substrate– Rice. Brown or white, grain length doesn’t matter too much. Nutrient broth- contains amino acids, minerals, and nutrients that promote cordyceps growth and fruit body formation

Nutrient notes: The nutrients are sent as either a 1 L or 0.5 L bag which is premixed. The nutrient mix is NOT blended, thus you must use the entire bag when making the notated volume. You must add the entire 1 L bag to 1 L of water, and let fully dissolve. I like to rinse the bag to get all nutrients.
After you have made a broth and the nutrients are fully mixed, it can be aliquoted and frozen for future use, or used within 12 hours.

Procedure after purchasing the Kit:

If you have experience with agar than I recommend putting the wedge to a new agar plate to grow out and expand.

Follow steps 1-3 if you do not have a Liquid Culture (LC) recipe to use. If you have your own go to step 4 as you can save the 0.5 L mix from the kit to make additional jars of the substrate with.

1) Use 0.5L bag of premix to make 0.5 L of LC. Add entire bag of contents to hot water, tap or distilled, and let all dissolve- a hot water bath and mixing can help this.

2) Pressure cook nutrient broth at 15 psi for 30-45 minutes. Follow instructions for your sterilizer.

3) Once cool to room temperature, inoculate with the provided agar wedge. Let grow 3-21 days with agitation until fully colonized with lots of mycelium within the mixture.

4) Prepare substrate- Use premix bag to make 1 L of nutrient broth (5 cups rice, 10 quart jar containers worth, scalable). Add hot water, tap or distilled, and let all dissolve- a hot water bath can help this.

5) Add ~1/2 cup dried rice to the bottom of each quart jar (X10). Add 100 mL of broth to rice. Swirl gently to mix.

6) Pressure cook the rice/liquid mixture for 60 minutes at 15 psi. I recommend adding foil to the top of the jars and only cooking as many as can sit upright in your PC.

7) Once cool, use ~1-5 mL of LC to inoculate each jar.

8) Let sit in complete darkness for ~1-3 weeks.

9) After full colonization, Move to well light room (6500k). You will see growth over the next 2-4 weeks of the fruitbodies. You may want to rotate jars depending on the location of your light source as they will lean towards it.

10) Show off your jars/fruits to me/others!

11) Once the fruit bodies are beginning to sporulate, they are ready to harvest. They can then be dried or used fresh. Consult your healthcare provider after educating yourself with the uses and doses. I cannot recommend daily doses at this time but you should start low and infrequently at first to ensure you have no negative allergic reactions.

Homogenization explanation

I want to explain what I mean when I say “well homogenized” when discussing spore syringes (and many other microscopic items) and why you shouldn’t worry when you see a “clear” syringe!

Spores are microscopic- a single spore is around 10 microns, the average human hair is around 70 microns thick so you can appreciate just how small they are! When spores are stirred in the distilled water solution via magnetic stir bar/plate (see my past imgur videos and this one in particular) they get pulled into solution and will separate into smaller and smaller clumps, sometimes becoming so small they are nearly invisible.

Very well homogenized samples will have almost no visible clumps; however, the spore solution will be “dirty” looking and have a purple-ish tint and on close inspection over a white background will have some visible clumps. MMM keeps the spore solution videos for all batches for ~30 days. You can request the videos for your batch(es) via email by providing your order number, varieties you received and their corresponding batch dates from the collectors cards. 

Fear not! The purpose of these microscopy samples is to study them under the scope; once you get the spores onto a slide and check them out (I suggest 400X on a compound scope) you won’t have any trouble seeing the spores. Remember to shake well before use!

Note- Do NOT overcompensate volume because they appear “clear”- you run the risk of ruining your slide prep with too much water and wasting solution.

This information is for educational purposes only

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