Our Windowsill Mushroom Kits will allow anyone to grow Shiitake mushrooms from their very own windowsill. Handfuls of these delicious mushrooms will be just clutches away from your favourite dish.
Shiitake is an attractive variety from the mushroom family. An intense taste when raw but, when cooked they are loved for their umami flavour. Shiitake mushrooms are completely versatile and make a great addition to vegetarian dishes with an Asian cuisine twist.
Mushrooms are tasty, low in calories, high in protein and a great source of fibre especially for those on plant-based diets. They provide you with vital vitamins including vitamin B, selenium, potassium and copper. With our handy kits, you’ll soon have this delicious and health beneficial vegetable at just the fraction of the cost.
Whether you’re a full-time gardener or beginner, this handy kit includes a base tray, lid, and pre spawned substrate and easy to follow instructions.
Simply keep them moist and out of direct sunlight and your first crop should be ready to pick in a matter of weeks, plus you can expect at least another 2 pickings after that (See full instructions in Growing Info below).
These kits need to be started on receipt and are unsuitable for storage. If this purchase is intended as a Christmas gift please order 246545.
Dimensions: 17.5cm (7") x 27.5cm (11") x 8cm (3½") depth.
Full growing instructions included.
Always wash your hands before you handle any of the kits to avoid bacteria contaminating the substrates and development of other moulds.
The kit contains a base tray, plastic lid and a plastic bag with a substrate of sawdust.
If you see any white/brown bumpy growths, these indicate early mushroom fruition. These bumps will later become the shiitake mushrooms.
1. Cultivation: Remove the substrate from the plastic bag and immerse the substrate in a bucket filled with cold tap-water for 24 hours. Lay a heavy object on top of the substrate to keep it under water. After 24 hours place substrate in the tray and cover with transparent lid.
Please note: if mushrooms are already growing on the substrate, you may skip the immersion step.
2. Place kit in daylight, ideally on a windowsill facing north at a temperature of + 15°C. Wait until + 50% of the surface has turned brown. During this time, keep the kit covered with the transparent lid.
3. Spray the cultivation substrate at least once a day with a plant spray to prevent it from drying out.
4. Harvesting: The harvest period is around one week and the fully-grown mushrooms have a cap diameter of 4–8cm.
5. After a harvest, let the substrate rest for at least 15 days. During this rest period, take the kit from the windowsill and keep it in a place which is neither too dry, or too hot (a cellar is ideal).
6. After this period, repeat the cycle, starting at point 2. The second harvesting period arrives after 5–10 days. During a period of maximum 6 months, you may have 5 to 8 harvests.
Good Luck & Bon Appetit !
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