(The original Brown Button mushroom) that are dried in a carefully controlled environment to preserve the viability of the spawn. Instructions to extract spores are included. (Kit includes a metal tin of dried spawn, and instructions for creating the appropriate substrate and for growing indoors or in the garden. )
Poverty Valley strain.
Agaricus Bisporus is the most common type Portobello Mushroom, and the original Brown Button mushroom. This is the mushroom you find in the stores through the majority of the year, as Portobello, or Crimini. When you grow your own, you'll notice a distinct difference. The mushrooms are so fresh they have a more firm texture, and a fuller flavor than commercially cultivated mushrooms. They have a strong mushroomy scent also. Produces a sandwich sized 3.5 to 6 inch cap for Portobellos, or 1-2.5 inch Crimini. They keep well for many days in the fridge, and freeze and dry splendidly for long term storage.
Our Strain of Agaricus Bisporus is exactly the same as you find in the stores. It naturalizes well, and produces good mushrooms in containment. This strain will bear large mushrooms in good conditions with plentiful compost and water (indoors or out), and smaller mushrooms in adverse conditions.
This is a newer strain of the familiar Portobello mushroom. Caps have pinkish gray gills, which darken to a deep brown after the veil breaks, as the spores mature. The spores are brown in color. Smooth to feathered brown mushroom caps which break on the edges as the mushroom grows.
The gills of Agaricus Bisporus have strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
May be used to culture into compost to create spawn, or can be direct sown into substrates or into the soil using several simple non-sterile methods. Will grow in partially composted straw bales that have had manure or manure tea added.
Each order of dried spawning mushroom contains enough to create two batches of active spores, which may be cultured and expanded, and then sown into the desired substrates.
Dried Spawn is EASY to use! Just reconstitute in water, and either finely chop or use a blender, and pour the resulting spore and mushroom mixture over your substrate or onto the ground where they need to be sown.
Packaged in metal tins for longest storage and viability. We do not use plastic in handling this product (plastic leaches chlorides, which are fungicidal in effect), and our products are not exposed to chlorine or other harmful chemicals during growth, processing, or handling on our property. You may be assured of the highest quality and maximum growth potential.
NOTE: Dried spawning mushrooms must be selected and handled correctly to produce viable spores. They must also be used correctly to extract spores, and then to culture the spores into the receiving medium. Our proprietary methods ensure viable spores, and we give you instructions for culturing them in a non-sterile environment. (If cultured improperly in a non-sterile environment, things go terribly wrong.) You are not only paying for the mushroom spores, you are paying for our expertise in both the processes we carry out before you see the product, and the instructions we give you for using the spawning mushroom.
Cross contaminations DO occur with non-sterile mushroom spawn (they seem to occur with alarming frequency with supposed sterile spawn as well!). In general, these contaminations are harmless, they may produce other non-edible, or other edible mushrooms, but for the most part, the mushroom you paid for will outnumber the contaminations by many times, and will not establish ahead of the desired mushroom.
Additionally, when using non-sterile methods to culture in natural materials, prior colonizations of unwanted fungus may occur, resulting in the fruiting of unexpected, random mushroom types. This is not at all a disaster, and normally does not cause problems. These mushrooms will typically be inedible, and may be ignored - in our experience, the cultured mushroom still establishes well and will produce well in spite of the interlopers! The chance that a poisonous look-alike would grow instead is virtually non-existent - because dangerous look-alikes don't grow in the same environment as visually similar edible species.
We do advise that you KNOW YOUR MUSHROOM - and that you know what it looks like, so you correctly identify anything coming up. This is wise in every instance, because even when you are using "sterile" kits or materials, rogue mushrooms may grow.
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