Oyster Mushrooms is one of the easiest, and tastiest, mushrooms that
you can grow! It is the perfect choice for the novice mushroom
grower. They have a delicate, meaty flavour and cook very quickly,
making them perfect for a wide variety of meals.
are many varieties of Oyster Mushrooms out there – yellow, pink,
blue, white. In this tutorial, I will be teaching you how to grow the
Blue Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus Ostreatus var. Columbinus), one of
the hardiest and easiest Oyster varieties to grow.
how to grow mushrooms is not only good for your taste buds, but for
your wallet as well. Oyster mushrooms are generally difficult to find
and if found, can get pricey at supermarkets, going for $4-$6 a
pound. Growing them at home is extremely cost-effective and make a
great gift for your foodie friend.
the step-by-step to get your first batch going today.
sure you wash your hands thoroughly when following the instructions
below so as not to contaminate your Oyster Mushroom medium.
to grow them
Mushrooms are great because they can pretty much grow anywhere.
Unlike other mushrooms, they enjoy a little bit of light, so placing
them in a shady area near a window is best. The area in which you are
growing your Oyster Mushrooms should stay between 18-24 degrees
Celsius (65-75 degrees Fahrenheit).
recommend buying your Oyster Spawn from Amazon or Ebay.
I bought my first spawn online and was very happy with the
you can grow Oyster Mushrooms in used coffee grounds! Finally,
something to do with those loads of grounds. My recommendation is
to visit your local barista and ask for their coffee grounds.
You’ll want to collect enough coffee grounds so that your coffee
grounds to spawn ratio is around 5:1. So if you are buying 10 grams
of Oyster Mushroom spawn from eBay above, then you’ll want to
have 500 grams of coffee grounds (around 3 cups of coffee grounds).
You’ll want to keep your coffee grounds from getting into contact
with anything else; the brewing process rendered these grounds
sterile and you need to keep them that way for your Oyster mycelium
2 litre freezer bag
sure it is very clean; don’t use a used freezer bag.
keep those puppies moist.
your 2 litre bag and cut four 5mm holes into it
your spawn and coffee grounds together into the bag.
sure that the coffee grounds are moist but not waterlogged before
you proceed with this step. If they are a bit dry, make sure you
spray with water.
will need to wait 3 weeks until the spawn grows mycelium. Leave the
bag undisturbed and when the weeks pass (and if all has gone well)
you should see the whole thing turned white.
the bag open
the bag down in a box and grab a knife. Slit a 2×2 inches cross
into the bag. Spray the opening with water around twice a day, make
sure that things are staying moist, which is very important. After a
week or so, you will see baby oysters bursting out to greet you.
They will double in size over the next week.
the edge of the caps begin to turn upwards, it’s time to harvest by
cutting at the base of the stems. Be sure to harvest quickly to
promote cluster formation. Stems are edible.