MUSHROOM GROWKIT MANUAL
- Open the package carefully; do not use a knife as this could ruin the plastic bag. Do not touch the white air-filter at the side of the bag, to avoid contamination.
- Take the lid off the container and spray the kit until with water so the topsoil is slightly moist; do not at this time pour water directly into the kit. Please note you should only spray water onto the kit when there is no growth visible.
- Place the grow kit inside the plastic bag and close the plastic bag by folding the top two inches down, which you can fasten with 2 paperclips.
- Place kit and plastic bag out of any direct sunlight, but not in the dark. Near a radiator will do fine or a terrarium if you have one.
- Leave the kit in a warm area between 20 and 23 degrees Celsius (68 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit), but don't worry if the temperature is not steady all the time, the kit won't be harmed by a lower temperature at night. Don't place it too close to a radiator; temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius (95 F.) are harmful. Higher, natural air temperatures in tropical areas are no problem.
- Turn the kit around every day or two, so the other side of the kit now faces the radiator. This will result in a more gradually grown flush.
- After a few days you will see white mycelium spreading over the topsoil; it is out of this the mushrooms will grow. Do not open the bag until the first mushrooms are 1.5 centimetres (half an inch). As soon as they reach half an inch, slightly open the bag and leave it open for 90 minutes, to give it some fresh air.
- After a few days the mushrooms will come up. You should harvest the first flush completely just before the largest ones open their caps. Take the smaller ones out too, it's better to not interfere with the kit too often, wait until there's another full-grown flush until harvesting again.
- After the first flush, spray the kit with some more water and wait for more to grow; you can repeat this after each flush if the kit looks dry. You can get several flushes under optimum conditions.
- Eventually the mycelium will start turning a green or purplish colour (this is an infection that occurs naturally in the air); I'm afraid when this happens it's time to throw the kit away.