Shiitake mushrooms are the best mushrooms among the entire beneficial mushroom species, and you can either buy mushrooms Canada or can mail order mushrooms from several online stores. Moreover, you can even grow them in your lawn or a container. But there is a point that you should always remember that the mycelium of shiitake mushrooms isn’t so aggressive and that’s why they need some time to be mature. Still they are profitable, and you can make huge amount of profit by selling them in the market. Doctors most often suggest their cancer patients to take shiitake mushrooms because the chemical compounds that they contain, destroy the cancer cells and even decrease the growth of tumors. In this post, I will discuss about the growing process of this amazing mushroom.
Get your container
This is the first step. Grab your container. To grow mushrooms, you don’t need a large container with a high depth. Maximum 10 inches depth is enough to grow mushrooms. It would be better if you get your container made of wood.
Substrate plays the most vital role for growing mushrooms. Based on the variety of substrate, the species of mushrooms can get changed. Since, this time, you are thinking about shiitake, then you need to choose the substrate carefully. Shiitake are not like the others; they are picky. So, you need to choose sawdust or wood. More than that, shiitake grow best on the oak wood, but you can also use ironwood, maple or beech.
Sterilize your sawdust or substrate
In my opinion, sawdust can work best for growing shiitake. To eliminate the growth of other fungi species, you need to sterilize the medium. Soak the substrate in the hot water for 1 to 2 hours. If you are growing shiitake for commercial purpose, then add some nitrogen fertilizers.
Moist the substrate
After making the substrate ready, fill the container with the sawdust and now add some moisture. If it is already moist, then leave it.
Get some spores
This is the step where most people get stuck. How can you find the shiitake mushrooms and get their spore? You can visit the online stores or can buy shrooms online Canada to get fresh spores of shiitake mushrooms.
Incubate the mushrooms
Shiitake mushrooms take huge time for incubation. Even it can take 6 months to 12 months. During this period, keep them in shady place. You can cover your container with fabric cloth so that light can not enter but water can come out. Never use the plastics to wrap, because in this case the water can’t come out and as a result mold will take place. Water them regularly if you live in drier climate, and as soon as the mycelium grows, there is no need to water them.
Harvest the mushrooms
At this step, don’t twist the entire mushroom, as it can destroy their mycelium. Gently cut them from the base of their stem, and it will encourage their growth. To maintain a correct moisture level, water your container 2 or 3 times per week.