While you are eating your mushrooms, ever wonder where do these little babies grow? Ever wonder how did they come about?
Well, for starters, mushrooms, true, they grow above the ground, well most of them. But unlike plants that need sunlight and water to thrive, mushrooms hardly need these two. And don’t ever think that you are going to plant mushrooms using some mushroom seeds!
As much as many love mushrooms, they belong to the same classification as those fungi that wreak havoc on the skin. But mind you, the ones you eat do not affect you unless you are allergic to them. Let’s get down to the basics: mushrooms are fungi. Yes, they are.
But they are far apart from the one you see on the bathroom floor. The ones people eat are actually just a part of the edible variety. Be it oyster, shitake, or morsel, what people have been devouring is actually the reproductive part of the mushroom. Perhaps this might be the reason why mushrooms have been thought of as an aphrodisiac. Now that you have known and gotten down and dirty on mushroom information, knowing where these grow is also important.
Like many things in this world, mushrooms don’t just pop anywhere. It may look that way, but it is actually the contrary. Even in their natural environment, mushrooms have some requirements too. So in case you wish to cultivate mushrooms, you need to simulate these requirements to create better-looking and better-tasting mushrooms. In addition to that, you need to have a technique so you do not rely on chance when you want to cultivate mushrooms for a living or even just as a hobby.
Where do mushrooms grow?
Think damp, rotten logs. These are the areas most conducive for mushroom growth in the wild. The best place for mushrooms to thrive is in a dark place, with moisture, and there is a food source. Now, you might wonder what kind of food mushrooms need- the carbohydrates- found in rotting grass and wood. That is where they get their nourishment.
It is in the mycelium. Think of the mycelium as the root of the mushrooms. The mycelium adheres to the substrate, in this case, the rotting wood. The better the hyphae or the thread-like part sticks to the wood, the more tasting the mushroom becomes. The mycelium is also important in transporting the nutrients to the mushroom. Once you see these tiny globs called pins, this means that the right kind of combination has been achieved. These “pins” will become the mushrooms we eat once it becomes mature.
It is also important to take note of the different kinds of substrate to use for the cultivation of different kinds of mushrooms. For instance, shitakes thrive best on logs and wood chips. On the other hand, oyster mushrooms prefer sterile straws. Isn’t it great that mushroom cultivation only requires you to spend so little? You simply just have to ask for some waste wood chips and use these to start your own mushroom garden at home.
Now that you have understood how mushrooms grow and what it needs to thrive, why don’t you give it a try and make one now!
Grow your own magic mushrooms is a fun hobby. What you need a string of patience to go along with planting a living organism.