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One of the most frequent contacts we receive is from people with no experience growing mushrooms, who ask us about growing Porcini, Chanterelles, and Morels. We get this request so often, from people who do not know what the word "mycorrhizal" means, that we have chosen to put a reply to them here.
1. The most amazing wild mushrooms are mychorrhizal. This means they form a symbiotic relationship with trees, and sometimes have other dependencies as well, for a specific forest environment. You can't easily box them up and tote them into your livingroom to enjoy fresh mushrooms whenever you want. When we ARE able to produce kits for them, they'll have to include trees, bushes, or other plants, OR, they'll be kits that have to be used outside in a specific type of environment. Mycorrhizals also take a LONG TIME to reach a point of maturity where they will actually fruit.
Translation: Porcini, Chanterelles, and Morels are HARD TO GROW. Truffles are even harder.
2. Start with something simple. The easiest mushrooms to grow are grown on logs or in sawdust kits. We suggest that you start with Oyster Mushrooms. They are pretty much the easiest to do. Buy a kit. Doesn't matter where - you want simple for now. Learn about mycellium, pinning, and fruiting. THEN think about growing something more difficult.
3. There are tons of mushrooms that can be grown on logs, or in compost. Those are the easy ones. You can have a good mushroom business with those, IF you are smart about what you choose for your area, and how you market them.
4. Have fun with it. Yes, you have a lot to learn. But learning this stuff can be fun, so enjoy it!
When you are ready, come back and ask us again about mycorrhizals. Chances are, we'll have something amazing for you then, even if it isn't exactly what you thought it would be.
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NOTE: INTERNATIONALLY SHIPPED DRIED MUSHROOM SPAWN IS SHIPPED IN PLASTIC BAGS, AND NOT IN METAL TINS, TO ENSURE FEWER PROBLEMS IN CLEARING THROUGH CUSTOMS.
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Mushrooms may cause allergic reactions in sensitive people. Some mushrooms are more likely to do this than others. Please research possible reactions prior to purchase. We are not responsible for how you choose to use our products, and do not claim that mushrooms are completely safe to consume. We merely assure that they are as represented on our website.
We do not make any claims as to the efficacy of any mushroom product to treat or prevent any disease or condition. We are not medical professionals and will not provide advice on alternative medicine use for any product that we sell. Please consult a doctor or alternative practitioner prior to using any mushroom product for treatment of any disease or illness.
We cannot guarantee that any spawn, spore, or kit product will grow or produce mushrooms. We do guarantee that our products are as described, and that the methods in our instructions do produce good results, but once our products leave our facility, we can no longer control the factors which are responsible for success. Gardening of any kind is a chancy business, and success depends upon adherence to instructions, and may be influenced by weather, environmental factors, and other controllable and non-controllable factors. As such, we cannot guarantee your success, and advise that if you are uncomfortable with purchasing under these terms, that you refrain from purchase.
We do promise to answer your questions, and offer reasonable assistance if needed, and to correct any errors if a mistake is made on our part.