|Latin name:||Agaricus bisporus variegata|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Leafs all year:||No|
You will receive 2 propagator sets, 1 for each type of mushroom, consisting of a tray with a transparent lid and, among other things, a layer of full grown compost in which the mushrooms can grow. Keep the little packet of 'casing soil' from each hobby set in a cool place until later. Place the lid on each tray and store them for about 4 days at 20-25 ˚C. After 4 days the compost will be covered in a white mould. Now pierce the packets of casing soil: prick 5 holes, top and bottom. Place each packet in a bucket with a pint of water for 30 minutes, allowing the soil to leak out. Now spread this damp casing soil evenly over the layer of compost in your propagators. Store the propagators at 20-25 ˚C for 5-8 days with the lids closed.
The mushroom spawn will grow up through the compost during the next 5-8 days. Carefully make a hole in the casing soil to check if you can see white threads already. Are there white threads over the whole surface? Then you can continue propagating in a cooler position. Place your propagator draught free at about 15-18 ˚C. Use a water spray on the casing soil every day, do not allow the soil to dry out. However, it is also not good for the mushrooms' development if the soil is too damp. After about 5 days you will see the first white buds appear (don't touch!).
The mushrooms will now grow pretty fast and after about a week you can start harvesting them. A medium sized mushroom is about 4-5 cm wide. Twist the mushroom right out of the soil carefully by the stem. If you leave a piece of the stem, remove it entirely. Harvest all the mushrooms over a period of five days. You can use them directly in the kitchen or save them for a few days in the refrigerator. Try to keep the casing soil as intact as possible. This will enable you to grow more mushrooms in the same propagator. Start anew by spraying the casing soil with about a pint of water. After 3-5 days the first buds will appear again. You can harvest a total of 3-5 times from the same propagator set.
Mushrooms grow from a network of threads (the mycelium). The propagator we deliver is already filled with compost containing the mycelium. With sufficient moisture and warmth, the mushrooms grow from this network or threads. Home grown mushrooms are extra tasty. Use them in soups and sauces. Fried mushrooms are a delicacy! It's really fun and instructional to follow the growth process with your (grand)children.