How To Cultivate Mushrooms Indoors (Even In An Apartment)

What Is Needed

  1. Spawn: You will need spawn for each type of mushroom you want to grow. Spawn consists of mycelium grown on a grain medium such as rye berries or millet, or sawdust. You can purchase spawn from a local mushroom farm or online.
  2. Substrate: You will need a substrate for each type of mushroom you want to grow. The substrate should be a pasteurized compost made from straw, sawdust, and other organic material. You can purchase pasteurized compost from a local mushroom farm or online.
  3.  Containers: You will need containers for each type of mushroom you want to grow, such as plastic bags or cardboard boxes. The containers should be clean and free of contaminants.
  4. Grow Tent: You will need to create a grow room using a grow tent like the VEVOR Grow Tent, 96″ x 48″ x 80″ Hydroponics Mylar Grow Room with Observation Windows and Removable Floor Tray is particularly well-suited for growing mushrooms. This tent is made of heavy-duty 600D oxford cloth and features an observation window and waterproof floor tray for easy cleanup. Additionally, it has a light-proof zipper and vents with mesh for air circulation, which is ideal for creating the right environment for growing mushrooms. The grow tent should be sealed off from the rest of the apartment and have adequate ventilation and air circulation, which can be achieved by using an air filter such as the Honeywell True HEPA Air Purifier.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Prepare the substrate: In a large pot, mix the pasteurized compost with the spawn of the desired type of mushroom. Allow the mixture to cool.

2. Fill the containers: Fill the containers with the substrate mix, leaving about an inch of space at the top.

3. Place the containers in the grow tent: Place the containers in your grow tent and cover them with a cloth or paper bag to prevent light from entering.

4. Monitor the environment: Monitor the temperature and humidity levels in the grow tent, as well as the air quality and circulation, and adjust as needed.

5. Harvest the mushrooms: After a few weeks, the mushrooms should be ready to harvest. Carefully remove the mushrooms from the containers and enjoy! The mushrooms should be harvested when the caps are still closed and before the edges start to curl.