Category Archives: Funguys Articles

Sterilise seed or a wooded substrate

Sterilise seed or a wooded substrate

What you will need: a Stove top a Pressure cooker or autoclave glass containers (Console jars) or breathable filtered bags a suitable wooded substrate (for growing mushrooms) or seed (for producing spawn) water The process: Once your wooded substrate or seed has been hydrated to the required level, fill your glass containers or breathable filtered […]

Grow mushroom cultures from spore

Grow mushroom cultures from spore

If you purchased a spore print or a culture syringe to start your mushroom cultivation, your next step would be to prepare AGAR media and pour that into Petri dishes.. Agar is a seaweed extract, a gelatinous substance that will solidify at room temperature. It can be sterilized by pressure and is the ideal food […]

Pestalotiopsis microspora

Pestalotiopsis microspora

Ever had a flash of mind as to the amounts of polyurethane in our dumpsites, sitting there for hundreds of years before eventualy turning back to dust? Well recently a group of Yale students discovered a mushroom species originating in Ecuador, that may prove to assist us in disposing of our waste. The mycelium of these […]

Cold Water – Sterilize with Calcium Hydroxide

Cold Water - Sterilize with Calcium Hydroxide

I recently had quite a large order to fill, growing oyster mushrooms. The time I was given to complete the project was slim and I decided to use straw as a substrate instead of wood shavings. I found myself in a pickle, since I have not used hot water pasteurization for a while and the […]

Substrate formula for mushroom Cultivation

Substrate formula for mushroom Cultivation

This formula will apply to creating a substrate for cultivating Saprophytic mushrooms. Dry mix together your ingredients first to get an even spread of all the added nutrients and moisture. 10 kg Wood shavings/chips 1 kg Bran 100 gr Gypsum Supplement with (Optional): 100 – 500 gr *Lucerne Powder or Cotton seed waste (for Oyster […]