Mushroom kit (potentially gross substrate picture) 

I got a mushroom kit! Those are golden oyster mushroom, I don't think I ever ate some, and I'm quite excited to see how they grow.

Also I'm looking up if there is any way to transfer them to a different substrate once the kit is not growing anymore, because then I would get an infinite supply of tasty mushrooms and that would be great. Also I could maybe probably the original substrate to give to other people :blobcatthinkOwO:

Mushroom kit 

I just read the mycelium will stop producing mushrooms when it ate all the substrate so it should be way lighter, so for the record: the whole kit today is 2.3kg!

Mushroom growing 

I found about all the info I wanted about growing mushrooms, and it turns out it's not that easy to continue reusing the same mycelium over and over again, because it ages and it get contaminated.

But it's still possible, particularly with oyster mushrooms! So I should be able to break the bloc down once it stops producing and use it to inoculate shredded paper I steal from work mixed with fresh tea leaves and stuff like that. It's definitely worth trying!

Mushroom growing 

Collecting spores is also quite easy, but then steps afterwards are not. They need quite sterile conditions to be sure I'm growing the correct thing and not a random mold spore.

But it seems doable in a petri dish or in agar-agar, and I can find the last one easily, so maybe I'll try too.

Mushroom growing (potentially gross substrate picture) 

I was afraid yesterday that I had kept the substrate too wet (didn't have a mister so I was putting maybe too much water) and the surface was getting covered with white mold, but I think it's the mycelium :thinking: There are some pins appearing inside the white fluff so it should be good.

Otherwise, there is definitely something growing on the bottom, and they doubled in side since yesterday :D

Mushroom growing 

If the fuzzy part is mycelium, then it apparently means the air exchange is bad. I also founds yellow and brown droplets, which are mycelium metabolites, and also mean either that the air exchange is bad or the mycelium is fighting contamination.

So I cut away the plastic instead of just having a cross-shaped slit, to improve the airflow. Apparently oyster mushrooms need a lot of fresh air, so hopefully that makes it happy.

Mushroom growing (potentially gross substrate picture) 

15 hours later update: the bottom ones are starting to take their yellow color! Compared to yesterday evening they look less like cotton balls and more like cauliflower.
Also, many more tiny balls appeared on the rest of the surface, notably in the part I was worried about, so I guess it's all good!

(I have a mosquito net on top to keep the annoying tiny flies from my plants away)

Mushroom growing (potentially gross substrate picture) 

They more than doubled in size since yesterday :blobcatcoffee:


@Yulran whoa... this is gross yet super cool to see. the regular updates have been awesome :bun_happy:

@rats They look a bit less gross in real life, the flash just after spraying them with water made them look slimy :sweat_smile_ms:

I can't way to see them open!

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