How do I get the most out of my Nuvedo Mushroom Growing Kit? | Blog (2024)

One of the most common questions we get asked by budding mushroom enthusiasts is- do mushroom grow kits work? Yes they do! They are, in our opinion, the easiest way to grow fresh organic mushrooms from the comforts of your home. Our indoor mushroom growing kit is best suited for use at home and you don’t even need to know anything about mushrooms to use it. All you need is a cool corner in your home, a few minutes of your time everyday for a few weeks and patience.

Nuvedo’s Mushroom Growing Kits are an easy and convenient way to start growing mushrooms. After fruiting for the first time indoors at home, there are several ways to reuse our mushroom growing kit and keep those harvests coming!

In this blog post, we try and answer some common questions about reusing Nuvedo Mushroom Growing Kit.We cover basic questions such as –

  • Can you reuse mushroom grow kits ?
  • How to reuse mushroom grow kit ?
  • What are the different ways in which you can go about reusing mushroom substrate ?
  • How to use mushroom grow kit substrate to make mushroom kit ?

Can you reuse mushroom grow kits?

Yes, you can most definitely reuse mushroom grow kits! Mushroom grow kits are generally designed to give you more than one harvest depending on the species of mushroom inside your growing kit. There is enough water nutrition available in the substrate to give you multiple harvests over a period of 2-10 weeks. Our Pink Oyster mushroom grow kits have given up to 7 harvests! It is all about giving them the right conditions to form more mushrooms. Sometimes all your kit needs is some fresh air and water!

How to reuse your mushroom grow kit ?

Let’s explore some ways in which we can get the most out of your mushroom grow kit-

Preppingthe kit for a second harvest

After the first harvest, your kit still has nutrition left in the substrate for another flush, however, it is slowly running out of moisture. You can try and get it to fruit indoors again by repeating the process once more, on the other side of your grow kit, as mentioned below:

  • Remove the substrate block with the plastic from the cardboard box.
  • Make an “X” shaped slit on the unused side of the plastic.
  • You can either soak the substrate block for 6 hours in a tub filled with filtered water or continue spraying the new opening with water just like you did for the first flush.(It is worth noting that for your substrate block to remain submerged in the water you will have to keep a heavy object on top of it.)
  • Continue spraying the new opening 2-3 times a day like you did for the first flush.

Given the right conditions, your kit should start fruiting again in another week. Get ready for your oyster mushroom second flush!

Shift the kit outdoors

The easiest way to try and get your substrate block to fruit once more is by moving it outdoors. By shifting it outdoors, you’re changing the environmental conditions of temperature and humidity which might signal the fungi to produce more mushrooms.

To begin follow the instructions as mentioned below-

  • Remove the substrate block from the cardboard box.
  • Don’t remove the plastic and let it stay as is.
  • Find a shady area and place the substrate block there in such a way that the cut side faces up and it will receive rainfall.
  • Keep checking up on the block periodically, especially after rains or on humid days to see if they have started pinning again

If the block looks dry continue to spray the kit with water as you did when it was indoors. Leaving the plastic on your substrate block helps prevent it from drying out by keeping the moisture in. Outdoor mushroom growing kit use may even help contaminated blocks recover and start fruiting again.

We recommend that you keep your block in the vicinity or under the cover of some potted plants. The added vegetation helps to create a favorable microclimate that is oxygen-rich and humid. Your kit should start fruiting in a couple of weeks if the conditions are favorable.

NOTE: Hypsizygus Ulmarius or Elm Oyster, (high-protein oyster mushroom growing kit) thrives in environments where the temperature is between 20-26 degrees Celsius and has more than 80% relative humidity.

Bury your kit

This is for all of you out there who have some outdoor space and don’t mind getting their hands dirty! To show off mushrooms growing in your garden, follow the steps below-

  • Remove the substrate block from the cardboard box.
  • Tear the plastic to separate it from the block.
  • Find a shady area in your garden and dig a hole big enough to fit your substrate block.
  • Gently place your substrate block in the hole.
  • Cover up the whole with a 1-inch-thick layer of soil or mulch.
  • Water the area daily like you would do for plants in your garden.
  • Keep checking up on the block periodically, especially after rains or on humid days to see if they have started pinning again.

Burying the mushroom grow kit substrate block in soil provides a protective layer to keep it safe from sunlight and the moisture in the nearby soil provides the mycelium with the water it needs. Adding a layer of mulch on top can act as an additional barrier to sunlight.

You could even try burying your used kit in an unused pot with soil in it. This method will be totally worth it when you watch mushrooms sprouting on your lawn or inside the pot in your garden!

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Use it to make more kits

If you’re the adventurous type, then you can use the substrate bag the same way you would use spawn and make mushroom kit from it. This process works best with Oyster Mushroom Growing kits that have been hydrated well and fruited recently.

In this method, you are providing the mycelium with additional nutrition as it has already digested most of the nutrients present in the substrate block by now. The hungry mycelium will be more than happy to hop onto the fresh substrate in your mushroom substrate kit.

This method requires a few additional materials to start with:
First, you will need some fresh substrate that the mycelium can feed on. For this, we recommend chopped straw which is around 2-3 inches long.
The mycelium can easily jump from one piece of chopped straw to the other since the particle size is smaller, making it a suitable substrate for mushrooms to thrive on! Other agricultural waste can be used as well but, in our experience, straw gives the best results.

Second, you will need a container that can hold your substrate. For this, we recommend a container with plenty of holes such as a plastic gardening pot or bucket with holes drilled in it.

Once you have these two things ready, you can follow the same procedure used for cultivating oyster mushrooms at home.
Only difference being that instead of spawn you will be using the crumbled-up substrate block.

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Make an outdoor cultivation bed using mulch

This method is just like the previous one. We are essentially using the substrate block as spawn to inoculate outdoor beds made from mulch. If you have some perennial trees or an outdoor space you would like to mulch in, this is the best method for you.

We recommend that you use fresh mulch instead of old. This is because old mulch could have other fungi growing on it which will compete with your mycelium. Oyster mushrooms are one of the most vigorous fungi out there so this technique is best suited for them. They are quite resilient and can compete well with other fungi trying to capture the available substrate. To make your outdoor bed, follow the instructions below:

  • Spread a thin and even layer of mulch in a shady area
  • Add a layer of the crumbled substrate block on top of the previous layer
  • Keep alternating layers of mulch and the crumbled substrate block
  • Add a final layer of mulch on top as the final layer
  • Water the heap generously to hydrate it
  • Observe the heap often and make sure that you water it enough so it doesn’t dry out

You need to have a bit of patience with this method as it can take anywhere from 1-3 months before you can see any mushrooms. Factors such as temperature, humidity and total volume of mulch inoculated can play a role in how fast you get your fruits. In our experience, warm and humid weather with a smaller volume of mulch can give you the fastest results if you keep it hydrated!

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We hope that this post has given you the information you need to continue your mushroom cultivation journey by reusing your Nuvedo mushroom growing kit. If you have successfully managed to use any of the techniques mentioned above, congratulations! If you’re curious and would like to try cultivating mushrooms from scratch, do check out our walkthrough on Oyster mushroom cultivation.

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How do I get the most out of my Nuvedo Mushroom Growing Kit? | Blog? ›

Leaving the plastic on your substrate block helps prevent it from drying out by keeping the moisture in. Outdoor mushroom growing kit use may even help contaminated blocks recover and start fruiting again. We recommend that you keep your block in the vicinity or under the cover of some potted plants.

How to get the most out of a mushroom grow kit? ›

Give your block some fresh air

Leaving the plastic on your kit helps to keep moisture in, preventing the block from drying out. Feel free to spray it periodically when it's looking parched as you would inside. After a couple of weeks, you should expect mushrooms after heavy rainfall or after a big temperature shift.

What boosts mushroom growth? ›

Adequate air, moisture, carbohydrates, and nitrogen are all needed to help the compost pile stimulate mushroom growth. As we said earlier, mushroom cultivation isn't easy. However, if you use these tips, you'll be well on your way to a fruitful yield.

How many times can you reuse a mushroom grow kit? ›

We guarantee one harvest from our Mushroom Mini-Farm and Mushroom Farm. That said, each kit is unique and can grow multiple times! We encourage you to keep experimenting and growing your kit. The first way is by growing your kit in the original box just like you did the first time.

How can I increase mycelium growth? ›

Humidity: High humidity levels (around 95-100%) are ideal for mycelium growth. 3. Air Exchange: Regular air exchange is necessary to provide fresh oxygen and remove carbon dioxide.

What are the maggots in my mushroom grow kit? ›

Phorid Fly – As creamy-white maggots, these insects will feed on mycelium. In an early stage, they only eat selectively and are usually tolerable. However, once they transform into a fly, they are capable of transmitting fungal and bacterial diseases through the crop.

How often should I water my mushroom kit? ›

Humidity is a key factor for successful mushroom growth. Spray the area around your kit with a few pumps of water whenever you have a chance, at least 2-3 times a day.

How to get bigger mushroom yield? ›

If you want to grow more mushrooms simply give yourself more of the three “S's”: spores, substrate, and space. Having more substrate rich with inoculated mycelium will increase organic mass and potentially increase your mushroom production. Keep in mind that you'll need more surface area to accommodate it all.

How do you stimulate mushroom growth? ›

To initiate fruiting, lowering temperatures and increasing oxygen levels generally encourages mushroom formation. Initiation can be in the form of cold shocking, water shocking or introducing more oxygen by cutting a hole in the bag. them with water as if in a strong rainstorm.

What supplements increase mushroom yield? ›

Supplements such as wheat bran have been used as a source of carbohydrates and nitrogen to the main substrates [20], since most of the substrates do not have enough nitrogen required by mushroom [21]. Hence, it has been established that wheat bran supplement improves yield/productivity of P. ostreatus mushrooms [18].

Are mushroom grow kits worth it? ›

Should You Try a Kit? If you have any interest in growing mushrooms at all, and you aren't ready to do it from scratch, then most definitely yes- you should try a kit! It will give you an idea of how mushrooms grow, and what requirements they need in order to fruit properly.

How long will a mushroom grow kit last? ›

The grow kit will stay fresh in the box for months before you start growing your mushrooms. Make sure you keep your grow kit in a cool area/room that doesn't receive any direct sunlight (i.e., closet, bedroom).

When should I mix my mushroom grow bag? ›

After about 4-8 weeks, you should start to see mycelium growing on the substrate. You'll notice the white mycelium growing outward from the point of injection. When the mycelium has grown three to four inches, without opening the bag, carefully break up the colonized substrate and mix it into the uncolonized substrate.

What triggers mycelium growth? ›

During the colonization phase, the mycelium needs oxygen to grow and develop. The mycelium uses O2 to break down nutrients and convert them into energy that is needed for growth. Furthermore, O2 is also necessary for the fruiting phase of mushroom cultivation.

Does light hinder mycelium growth? ›

Light is not essential in the mycelial growth period. However, in the period of initiation and growth of fruiting bodies, it is a decisive factor for obtaining a high yield of good quality.

How to multiply mushroom culture? ›

The process of cloning mushrooms is relatively simple, and basically the same whether cloning wild species, cultivated species, or even store-bought fruits. All you need to do is harvest a piece of tissue from a mushroom fruitbody, place it on agar, and allow the mycelium to grow out until you have pure culture. Easy!

How much do you get out of a mushroom grow kit? ›

Expect to grow: 2-3 harvests of mushrooms / 150g - 300g

The first flush will always be the biggest. We've had some customers grow up to 4 flushes of mushrooms from our kits but on average you'll get 2 harvests.

How many harvests from mushroom kit? ›

We guarantee you will have 1-2 servings of mushrooms to harvest from your grow kit - if you don't think you're seeing this growth reach out to us with a picture and we'll be happy to help!

Do mushroom grow kits keep growing? ›

Mushroom kits are not reusable, but most of them produce at least 2 harvests' worth of mushrooms. This means that you can get multiple harvests out of a single kit before needing to replace it. After a mushroom block stops producing, you can bury it to get some more flushes from the soil surface!

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