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- Blue Oyster ‘Spray & Grow’ Mushroom Growing Kit
Blue Oyster ‘Spray & Grow’ Mushroom Growing Kit
|Grow speed||1-2 weeks|
|Kit shelf life||6 months (refrigerated)|
|Kit dimensions||10in H x 5in W x 5in D|
|Kit weight||4 lbs|
Why we love them:
Blue oyster mushrooms are velvety, savory, and mild and pair perfectly with just about any recipe! Blue oysters are a staple here at North Spore (going all the way back to when we began as an urban farm.) After perfecting our blue oyster kits over the years, they’ve become one of the easiest kits to get multiple fruitings from and should produce a second flush of mushrooms (or more!)
Our blue oyster mushroom kits are reliable producers and tend to yield large flushes of beautiful light grayish-brown to deep blue-gray mushrooms when given adequate humidity. With continued proper care, you should be able to get multiple flushes. (We 100% guarantee your first flush of mushrooms, but hope you'll try for 2 or 3!)
That's not mold, it's mycelium!
Your kit includes an amended sawdust block fully colonized with mushroom mycelium. It may appear covered with a soft, white, mold-like substance - that's the mushroom mycelium! It is completely normal. The mycelium of some species is more prominent than others.
1) Inside this box is an amended sawdust block that has been completely colonized by mushroom mycelium. Open the front of your kit along the perforated line and dispose of the remaining cardboard.
2) Slice an 'X' into the plastic underneath with a sharp knife or scissors.
3) Lift open the top of your box to find the sprayer and instruction booklet. Fill the sprayer with tap water and generously spritz the plastic where you sliced your 'X' shape. Spritz your kit at least twice daily - more if you're in a particularly dry climate. (If your mushrooms start to grow but dry up and die, your growing conditions may be too dry and you should make a humidity tent!)
4) Place your kit in the most humid part of your home and outside of direct sunlight. We suggest putting it on a kitchen counter close to a sink. The mushroom mycelium will sense the oxygen in the air and produce mushroom 'pins,' another term for 'baby mushrooms.'
5) It usually takes 5-14 days for pins to form. Once pins begin to form, mushrooms will grow quickly. So when you spot your first pins keep an eye on them. The warmer the environment the faster they will grow. Mushrooms should be ready to harvest 2-5 days after pin formation.
If you're not ready to use immediately, your Blue Oyster Spray & Grow Kit can be refrigerated or stored in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight, for up to 3 months.
The classic North Spore recipe is to chop the blue oyster mushrooms and sauté them in a heavy pan on medium heat with butter, garlic, and loads of fresh thyme and rosemary (or whatever other herbs you happen to have on hand!). Cook until the mushrooms have released their liquid, then continue cooking until that liquid has cooked off and the mushrooms begin to brown. This can take from 20-30 minutes. Deglaze your pan with a splash of white wine, reduce once more, and finish with a touch of heavy cream. Season generously with salt.
The spawn used in our mushroom kits is grown on USDA certified organic grain and made with organic cultures from our own culture bank. Our kits are handmade from a blend of locally sourced, all-natural, organic, and non-GMO woods and supplements from farms and forests in New England and North America.
Simply take a trash bag or other loosely fitting plastic bag and put PLENTY of 1/2 inch holes in it (THIS IS IMPORTANT: Mushrooms exhale CO2 and inhale oxygen. They will suffocate themselves if there isn’t adequate airflow! Blue oysters that look stringy or strange are usually growing that way because they need more air!). Spray the slice at least once per day with the included spray bottle. If you choose to use a humidity tent make sure to spray the inside of the tent once per day to maintain humidity.
If you’re going to consume home-grown mushrooms, make sure to cook your fresh mushrooms thoroughly with heat. If it is your first time eating this species, it is best to start with a small amount to check for allergies, even if cooked.
Mushrooms grow spores as they develop. This is a natural means of reproduction. This is when people with allergies or compromised immune systems may want to consider putting fruiting mushroom kits outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Spores in mushrooms sometimes cause respiratory irritation. In rare cases, spores may also cause irritation for some non-allergic or non-immunocompromised mushroom growers. If you are one of them, it is recommended to reduce the overall spore load by harvesting mushrooms while they are still in their younger growth stages.
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Great experience with this spray and grow. I got this with my spore points to try them out. Was super easy and first flush was amazing, second is on its ways now. Will take a biopsy and keep the gene pool going. Great product for beginners, still fun for experienced. Haven’t found a bad north spore product yet!!!
My very first mushroom experience
Growing blue oysters from this kit was so fun and it gave me the courage to try growing on logs!
I am super happy with the grow kits. Super easy and it is my meat source at the moment. Thank you!
East to grow and tasty
I definitely found the kit east to use. I had beautiful mushrooms within 2 weeks. Looking forward to trying my hand at another variety.
Spray and grow kit
I don’t like the fact that I could not find a telephone number on your website to actually call and talk to anybody if I had a question
Hi Michael! In the footer of the site, you will find a “Contact the Team” link. There can you find our phone number and email address :-)
Blue oyster grow kit
I got this as a gift for my dad. Everything about it was awesome!
Grew a hearty bounty and was very fun to watch grow!
This was an awesome science experiment for me and my homeschool children to do.
So much fun!
This kit was my first ever time attempting to grow mushrooms. It was so easy, and they grew so fast and so big. We had a blast cultivating these. We have so far gotten 3 flushes out of the kit, though the second 2 were smaller than the first. These mushrooms were also incredibly delicious. I just ordered a monotub and more varieties of mushroom kits. We're hooked.
Spray and grow blue oyster kit
I’ve watched all the North Spore videos and I was excited to receive the kit. The kit arrived quickly and I read the instructions and rewatched the videos. The mushrooms grew beautifully and exactly as shown in the videos. And they were delicious too.