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Lions Mane Kit: Instructions for care and harvest
Congratulations on purchasing your very own Funga Farm Lion’s Mane grow-kit! Lion’s Mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) is a fast-growing mushroom and your kit will be ready to produce mushrooms 15 – 25 days from the date on the bag. Below we provide the necessary information on care as well as a few different methods for growing your mushrooms.
The microbial world is and invisible yet ever present part of our daily lives. Molds, bacterial, yeast, and other fungi live all over our bodies and in our homes. If you are not careful you can transfer some of these competitors to your mushroom kit and inhibit growth. Luckily there are simple sterile techniques to help limit contamination.
First thing, wear gloves and use alcohol to clean all the surfaces you are working on. It is a good idea to use alcohol to clean the surface of the bag as well. If you need to open the bag, do so quickly and seal the bag with tape as soon as you can to limit the chances of competitors blowing in the opening.
You will need to use a knife. A razor blade works great. The best way to sterilize it is to use fire, a lighter will suffice. If you do not flame sterilize, clean the knife well with alcohol.
Next, you will need a spray bottle to mist your mushrooms to keep the humidity high around the surface of the bag. Start with a clean spray bottle and fill it with boiling water so it is sterile. Once cooled, it is ready to use on your kit.
For methods 1 – 2 you will need to deflate the bag and fold the excess tightly around so as to remove any air pockets. This works best if you use the fold already creasing the bag.
First, follow clean procedures and wear gloves and clean everything, including the surface of the bag, with alcohol. Then, cut slits (2) at the top of the bag, deflate, and then fold and wrap the excess around tightly. You can use tape, rubber bands, or rope to hold the bag tight.
Now your bag is prepped and ready for one of the following methods for producing mushrooms!
Method #1: Open Spray:
Place your kit somewhere you can spray it and keep it humid. The kit should not be in direct sun-light but indirect sunlight and your normal house lighting is fine. Then cut small virtical slits in the bag (1cm). The more slits you cut, the more mushrooms you will get but they will likely be small. One slit will conversely result in a single large fruit. I recommend 2 – 3 cuts either on the side of the bag, the top, or both. Now all you need to do is keep the surface moist and humid by spraying 2 – 3 time a day.
This method is the easy but because Lion’s Mane is a particularly sensitive mushroom, you have to be careful it does not dry out. If it dries out it will turn brownish and stop growing, in which case, it is still edible but you have to remove it and/or cut another slit to try and grow another.
Method #2: Humidity Chamber and/or Humidity Tent:
Because Lion’s Mane is sensitive to drying out, this is by far the best method.
You will need to create a tent or chamber around the kit so that humidity can stay relatively high around the kit. To do this you can purchase a clear plastic tote bin and flip it upside down. It is recommended you cut some holes to let oxygen in but it’s not necessary because you will still have to lift the bin at least twice a day to spray and keep moist.
You can use an old glass terrarium for an upgraded version of this or another plastic bag for a more simple version. The idea is to contain the moisture around the kit so the mushroom doesn’t dry out. If you use a bag, make sure to prop it up with sticks or something so that it does not lay on the kit directly (think of sticks in a tent!).
Method #3: Outdoor Passive Mushroom Graden:
You can always bury your kit outside and let nature run its course! When temperature and humidity are right (between spring and fall) you mushroom kit will produce beautiful mushrooms and very little care is needed.
You will have to remove the mycelium block from the bag and place it in a hole so that the top is level with the ground. Chose a shady and moist part of the yard that does not get direct sun-light.
This is a wonderful way to incorporate mushrooms into your kitchen garden! If you chose to go this route, we recommend purchasing multiple kits to create a mushroom bed that produces throughout the season! It is a family favorite and each year we enjoy picking gourmet mushrooms all year long from our own backyard (so long as we get to them before the bugs do).
Method #4: Inside the Bag:
Many are interested in Lion’s Mane for its medicinal qualities. If you intend to dry and powder the mushroom and don’t care if it forms perfect shaped mushrooms, you can grow them inside of the bag. This method is by far the easiest. Take your kit, expose it to light, and watch as a thick layer of shag carpet grows on the top of the kit. After 5 -10 cm of growth, cut off the top of the bag and peel the layer of Lion’s Mane from the surface of the block. After you scrape away the substrate (don’t worry it’s just wood) you are ready to cut it into strips and dry it. In our family, powdered Lion’s Mane is a supplement added to our morning coffee.
Lion’s Mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) is a fast-growing mushroom and your kit will be ready to produce mushrooms 15 – 25 days from the date on the bag.
Once you see the mushroom grow its teeth and they have elongated to around 1cm it is ready to harvest! Cook your mushroom and enjoy the unique flavors and texture!