I am interested in growing oyster mushrooms indoors. I already have partial success but I am pretty confused..
I started growing Pleurotus ostreatus http://www.shii-take.de/irw_cat.4b41543532.lang.454e47.product.50422d412d3031.html Mycelium grew fast and I moved them to a growing chamber a few days a go: theres a fan and humidity is 85%, sufficient light
But the temperature is around around 18-20 normally. one of the buckets started fruiting when temp dropped two days a go but I cant maintain this temp.
I am not sure if I should order Pleurotus pulmonarius (summer strand) or continue experimenting with this strand.
What are your experience with oyster mushrooms in buckets ?
I'd really want to get it right so I can grow them in larger amount..
Pick a strain that fruits in the temps you maintain. That is probably a summer or three season strain.
What kind of substrate are you using?
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Oyster spores are the worst of the worst. They irritate the eyes almost immediately, but over a period of a few years, you'll develop an internal allergy to them and have to stop growing, unless you begin right NOW wearing a respirator whenever you're around them.
I first developed the allergy when growing H ulmarius, but later found I can no longer grow P ostreatus either. The symptoms are flu-like, with high fever, migraine headache, and phlegm in the lungs. Once you get the allergy, the slightest exposure gets you sick. I now even get sick when the outdoor oyster mushrooms are fruiting down by the creek.
It's not just oysters. I used to grow mushrooms indoors but after a while contaminated cultures (mostly trichoderma I think) were making me sick. One night I was sure I was going to die, my heart was racing and I couldn't breathe.
Spores also kill delicate mechanisms, like analog hygrometers and computer mechanical hard drives.
Forgot to mention that the couple of times I grew pleurotus ostreatus it fruited in summer (20°C +). I guess that complete substrate colonization was a strong enough trigger.
I use straw as substrate. I pasteurize it in lime water.
I would like to focus on quantity first and then more on the quality.
I already grow them now by now, they flashed ones with a good yield second with a small yield. been waiting a while for the second and decided to submerge them in water for the night. looks like it worked.
I am still struggling with the humidity vs ppm. I have an ultrasonic fogger with an air pump to spread the fog. I used to use a computer fan too but I still haven't find a good configuration.
I want to try to add some hard woodpallets. Seen a method of using them without pasteurizing since it already went through high heat but I am not sure, perhaps I'll use lime water with them too.
I think with the pallets there should be more yield? I guess I would slowly move to wood pallets substrate completely because it can be used with other varieties too.
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