How to Grow Functional Mushrooms in 5 Easy Steps

Growing functional mushrooms

Functional mushrooms are growing in popularity, and the numbers support these claims. Believe it or not, experts expect the industry to grow to over $13.6 billion by 2027, making it one of the fastest-growing health supplements in the world.

Well, it isn't just the industry that's fast-growing. If you want to grow your own functional mushrooms from scratch, it could save you money and yield quick returns. So let's talk about how to grow yours today!

What Are Functional Mushrooms?

If you're unfamiliar with the term, functional mushrooms are mushrooms that serve a purpose for your health in one way or another. These strains have been used in culinary arts and Eastern medicine for thousands of years. By choosing a strain ahead of time, you can choose a strain that reflects the benefits you most want to see!

For example, many people use Lion's Mane mushrooms to help boost cognitive functions and support overall brain health. Other strains may help with immune system health, heart health, and more.

Remember that these are regulated as foods by the Food and Drug Administration, not as medicines. Many of these health benefits require further study, but they are generally considered a low risk to try! If they work for you, you may find a natural alternative to the medicine you need.

Benefits of Growing Mushrooms

Mushrooms have a quick turnaround time, so if you pick them up yourself, you could use them as quickly as it would take to ship capsules to your door. On top of that, it's cheaper to grow mushrooms yourself than to purchase them pre-made.

Also, cultivating life yourself is more rewarding, and it can be a potentially profitable business for you! For example, if you become skilled at growing mushrooms yourself, you can sell them as health supplements.

Giving functional mushrooms grown at home plenty of sunlight

How to Grow Functional Mushrooms

After you order a functional mushroom grow kit, the growing process is fairly simple. However, growing them yourself is a great way to ensure that your mushrooms are how you wanted them and free of any unwanted chemicals, so here's how to get started!

1. Open the Bag

After ordering your mushroom kit, it should be available for pickup within 24 hours or shipped to you within a few business days. Once it arrives, open your package and take note of the bags inside. These are your grow kits, so it's time to find a good place for them to grow.

You will also find an instruction manual inside, which you can use as a reference for your specific mushroom species. All mushrooms require similar attention for proper cultivation, but some have special needs.

2. Fresh Air

Fruiting conditions for most mushrooms require enough humidity and fresh air exchange. Using a humidifier or indirect misting, ensure that your mushrooms obtain enough moisture daily.

Also, fresh air must circulate through their grow space. Opening a window, using a room with proper ventilation, or using a fan (indirectly) can assist with this. Without sufficient fresh air exchange, your mushrooms will likely grow long, stretched, or otherwise deformed.

3. Cut the Functional Mushroom Grow Kit Bag

The cool thing about these grow kits is that you can grow them directly out of their grow bag. You just need to make 3-inch cuts in an "X" shape a couple of times on the sides or top, depending on the type of mushroom you purchased.

Side-fruiting varieties will require a 3-inch (5 cm) X-shaped cut on either side of the bag. However, king oyster mushrooms, reishi mushrooms, and a few other varieties will need smaller or larger cuts on the top of the bag, so read the instructions that come with your grow kit.

4. Spray Regularly

You need to spray your mushrooms indirectly a few times each day for the best results. This helps aid with humidity without directly soaking your mushrooms. Purified water will work best, but not everybody has it available in their homes.

You don't have to purchase an expensive mister. A spray bottle and careful handling can do the trick, but be careful to not over-water your mushrooms, as this will damage them.

5. Wait for Them to Grow

While spraying them a few times a day, monitor your mushrooms daily to see how they behave. If you keep them in a safe, clean environment, you shouldn't have anything to worry about. However, if your mushrooms begin to dry, crack, or show discoloration, consider using a humidifier nearby or spraying more consistently.

Growing mushrooms is typically a quick process, often only taking 7 to 10 days to harvest under the right conditions. Once they're ready for harvesting, you can carefully remove them with a sharp blade, wash them, and use them as you please! You can take them in capsules or make delicious meals with them and still receive the same nutritional benefits.

Harvesting home grown functional mushrooms

Enjoy Your Mushrooms

Now that you know how to properly grow functional mushrooms from your grow kit, put these tips to use today! By ordering now, you can have your grow kit in under 24 hours and potentially enjoy your new mushrooms this time next week!

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