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How to Grow Shiitake Mushrooms

Indoor mushroom growing kits make it easy and fun to cultivate one's own crop of tasty shiitakes.

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mushrooms are edible fungus and easy to grow
  • Time

    Several Weekends

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Purchase the Kit

There are many kinds of mushroom kits available. In addition to offering numerous types of mushrooms, there are kits for both outdoor and indoor growing. This article deals specifically with indoor shiitake mushroom kits. Shiitakes have a unique flavor that intensifies as they cook, making them excellent additions to stir-fries.

Step 2: Soak the Package

After opening the bag according to the directions, submerge the whole package in a large bucket of de-chlorinated water (chlorine kills the mushroom spores). Allow to soak overnight and then remove the log from the bucket and drain off the excess water.

submerge package of mushrooms in large bucket

Step 3: Position the Mushroom Log

Set the log where it will receive indirect natural light and where temperatures will stay between 60 and 75 degrees F. Stick skewers or bamboo stakes into the log and then drape the humidity tent over the entire package.

position the mushroom log

Step 4: Maintain the Moisture

Mist the bag with de-chlorinated water three or four times a day until the mushrooms begin to sprout. When the mushrooms reach about 3" wide, remove the humidity tent and let them continue to grow.

Step 5: Harvest the Shitakes

Mushrooms will typically be ready to harvest a week or so after sprouting. When the shiitakes are 5" to 6" in diameter, harvest by snipping them off at the base with scissors. Most mushroom kits will produce multiple crops.

mushrooms will be ready to harvest in week