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Frequently Asked Questions

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1) What is spawn?

Mushroom spawn is a bit like mushroom roots growing on wood, wheat grains or special plant based mixtures. It has been selected for local conditions after many years of breeding. It needs to be stored in the fridge.

2) Are the kits made from natural materials?

Yes – all items are natural products or organic.

3) How long can they produce?

Each mushroom is different, but you can expect them to come all at one time in a flush. After this initial crop, there can be a rest time of 7-28 days for Oyster and Field mushrooms, and it may be 1-3 months between flushes for Shiitake and Burgundy mushrooms. Most people get 3-6 flushes from their set up.

4) Why is the beginner Oyster kit so good to start with?

This kit has been designed over a period of 20 years to fruit in a wide variety of conditions in a short amount of time. It doesn’t have any soil and unless the air is very dry doesn’t even need watering after it is prepared.

5) What can I do after my mushrooms stop growing?

When you have picked 3-6 flushes from the oyster kit, the growing material can sometimes grow more if it is soaked overnight, then drained and put back in the growing area. The button kit can be re-fired by watering well, placing in a supermarket bag, closing it securely and putting in the fridge overnight. Return the kit to normal conditions and water as usual for a week. If these ideas don’t work, kits are ready to be dug into the garden or added to the compost or worm farm.

6) What is the difference between a kit and spawn?

Kits have most or all of the items supplied to grow the mushroom chosen. Spawn is just the starter culture for you to add to your own raw materials.

7) Do I have to do the mushroom course to sell mushrooms in my area?

No you don’t, but it is a quick way to start and get things right from the beginning. You receive back up by phone and email to support your start up. It is a small fee easily paid back from the yield of a couple of bales of straw and don't forget the spawn provided as part of the price.

8) Do I need an expensive set up to get growing for my local market?

No, this is the beauty of the course. Techniques to get you going at a low cost that you can build on as you desire.

9) When growing on logs, do they need special care?

Yes, the logs need to be watered frequently to maintain moisture level inside the log. In dry weather this may mean every day. Keeping in a moist and shady spot is important. Lack of moisture in the log is the main reason why logs take a log time to fruit. Just as stacking firewood dries out the timber, so it does your growing logs. Light rain and mist is not enough to maintain log moisture level.

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Mushroom Gift Pack

Our gift pack includes an Oyster Mushroom or Field/Shop Mushroom Easy-Grow Kit, plus a booklet or computer thumb drive — ‘Growing Mushrooms’, a great guide to new and exciting ways of growing edible fungi. Click here for more details.

Happy Customers

“ ....with dowels I got from you just over a year ago, and the results have been fantastic, with 750 g to 1 kg of shiitake from 3 x 50 cm long logs on each soaking. Prof JB Auckland thanks for the advice. With 3 nights in the fridge the mushrooms started to grow an the 5th day. The first flush was sufficient for 3 meals. Flavour: excellent. Will now try the transfer method for a new culture and get the second flush started. G+W Charteris Bay Thanks for a great fun product and yummy too CJ Palmerston North- hi another order,, the first order you sent is going excellent , so ive decided to try another sort.. .excellent easy to deal with.. rapt dealing with your products...excellent as always. NH Paeroa- The mycelium was very quick to colonise the bag, and the fruits were huge AS Auckland- Hi Tim, The package just turned up :) Thanks for you help and the quick turnaround! Cheers, AP Wellington- Growing the oyster mushrooms was great fun for the whole family. They seem to be relatively easy to grow in hay. We loved to watch the spawning. We grew them in our garage. I have previously purchased a kit from Palmers, and kept it regenerating for well over 10 cycles TH Whangarei- Thank you so much for the very prompt delivery. Cheers JS Whakatane- Thank you very much for the brilliant service. Parcel arrived this morning JM Dargaville- Hi guys, parcel arrived this morning. Thanks for the awesome service. Have a merry xmas. Cheers KF Oamaru- Just wanted to let you know that my mushroom kit is a great success. I have oyster mushrooms sprouting all over the bag. Really pleased. Cristine Paraparaumu- Hi Tim, I just wanted to say Ive had a chance to play with that new culture and its growing happy and healthy and clean! Thank you so much again for all the effort you put in, its greatly appreciated. Cheers, CS Ellerslie Hi Tim I have been meaning to say thanks for the mushroom kit. Quite a bit of work but fascinating to see them grow over the winter under our sink and ended up having a good feed. Warm wishes Jack H Lower Hutt

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