Making your own high quality mushroom spawn can be easy if you have the right mycology supplies, carefully sterilized grain jars, and pure, uncontaminated isolated mushroom spores or tissue cultures. You also need to have a CLEAN working environment and incubating chamber.
Making healthy, good quality mushroom spawn that is free of contaminants is THE key to successful mushroom growing, whether you are growing mushrooms at home with a mushroom kit or growing commercially. Healthy, robust mushroom mycelium yields healthy, strong mushrooms; the healthier your mycelium, the bigger and better your results.
So how do you grow healthy mycelium and make high quality mushroom spawn?
The first thing you need is really good quality, purely isolated mushroom spores or mushroom tissue cultures. A great way to obtain these spores or cultures is as a mushroom spore syringe or tissue culture syringe. You must be careful to obtain your specimens from a professional spore lab to reduce the chances that you receive a contaminated syringe or a syringe of poor quality, infected spores or cultures.
Once you have a great syringe full of fresh, viable mushroom spores or cultures of your favorite mushroom strain, you need to have a supply of sterilized mushroom growing medium. Sterilized grain jars are the perfect growing medium for many types of edible, medicinal and exotic mushrooms, including: oyster mushrooms, Portobello mushrooms, medicinal Agaricus mushrooms, and more. Unless you have advanced mycology equipment and some experience, it is best to purchase professionally prepared, pre-sterilized grain jars for your spawn inoculation and mushroom growing projects.
When you have your spore or culture syringe and your sterilized grain jars, you are ready to start the inoculation process!
Here is the basic method:
A. Inoculation – seeding the grain jar with spores or culture
B. Colonization – growing the mushroom mycelium in the grain.
After inoculation, when your grain jars are grown through and fully colonized with healthy, white, fuzzy mushroom mycelium they will be ready to spawn your mushroom growing substrates. Once your mushroom substrate is spawned you are ready to fruit and enjoy some home grown organic mushrooms!
In conclusion, the foundation of great mushroom growing and robust results is healthy, strong mushroom mycelium. With good quality spores or cultures you should have success at growing healthy mycelium and making quality mushroom spawn with the spore syringe or tissue culture inoculation methods.
Enjoy your mushrooms!