Growing Your Own
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Growing your Own
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I recently had a go at growing my own Oyster Mushrooms (Pleurotus pulmonariuss). I obtained an Oyster growing kit from Mushroom Gourmet, who supplies a number of different kits for home growing and educational use.
Mushroom Gourmet
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What I Started With
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The oyster kit contained grain spawn, a bag of substrate (food), a piece of string, a label, and instructions. The grain spawn is to be kept in the fridge till required. I soon had the water, grain, and substrate, mixed according to the instructions and then only had to wait for my oysters to appear.
Growing Kit
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What I Ended Up With
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I was able to watch the mycelium slowly grow through out the bag and after about 3 weeks the first pre-mordia appeared, the exact time taken depending on temperature. It took another week for these to develop into edible oyster mushrooms.
Oyster mushroom
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The Developing Oyster
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The oyster mushroom fruiting body as it grew over a period of a week.

Other Photos of Pleurotus sp. growing in the wild can be found here.
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