I would love to report that the white button mushrooms were growing thick and fast, but I can’t.
They simply didn’t grow after the whiskers appeared.
I am going to report this experiment as a failure. It has been seven weeks since I prepared the Marvellous Mushroom kit from Mr Fothergills seeds. Something should have happened by now. The instructions suggest that growth will start at around the 21 day mark.
As you can see, the mushroom box is bare. Not a single button, and all the whiskers of mycelium have vanished from the surface.
I am not sure what I did wrong, as I followed the instructions to the letter. You can read how I prepared the kit in this post titled Growing Mushrooms – Preparation.
I had a dig around and found that the upper layer was moist, however the lower layer that the inoculated grains were mixed into was only just moist. This may have had something to do with it, but then again I am only clutching at straws here. I really don’t know what went wrong.
So instead of composting the lot, I am going to buy a couple of large field mushrooms from the green grocer that are getting a little bit old, and lay them gill side down on top of the dirt. I am hoping that this will allow enough spores to grow and maybe we will get some mushrooms. If anything happens, I will provide an update.
I am a little disappointed but not to worry. At least I know that this is not an easy way to grow mushrooms.
So much for a white button mushroom update. I would have loved to be frying up some of these beauties for breakfast by now, or cooking up a mushroom risotto for dinner. Alas, it was not to be.
If any of you or anyone you know has had success with this product I would love to hear from you via comment. It would help our little community learn a bit more about mushrooms.
Now I will begin to attempt to grow the shiitake mushrooms, as I still have that kit ready to go. I will document this experiment as well to share with you all.
Better luck with this kit I hope!