All In One Mushroom Grow Bag: A Guide to Cultivating Gourmet or Exotic Mushrooms

All In One Mushroom Grow Bag: A Guide to Cultivating Gourmet or Exotic Mushrooms

Posted by Troy Cosky, Founder FunGuy Grow Supply on 23rd Feb 2023

All In One Mushroom Grow Bag: A Guide to Cultivating Gourmet or Exotic Mushrooms - FunGuy Grow Supply

All In One Mushroom Grow Bag: A Guide to Cultivating Gourmet or Exotic Mushrooms

If you're an avid nature enthusiast, the thought of cultivating your mushrooms at home might have crossed your mind. Not only are mushrooms delectable, but they also offer a wealth of health benefits, making them an attractive choice for environmentally conscious individuals who value quality over quantity. Whether you're looking to grow gourmet or exotic mushrooms, an all in one mushroom grow bag is an excellent starting point for your mushroom farming journey.

What are Mushroom Grow Bags?

Mushroom grow bags are pre-sterilized bags filled with a mixture of growing medium and nutrients referred to as substrate, specifically formulated for growing mushrooms. The bags provide a controlled environment for mycelium growth, eliminating the need for separate growing mediums. Mushroom grow bags are autoclavable bags that come in various sizes and filled with materials, including coco coir and cow manure compost mixtures, and are designed for ease of use.

All In One Rye Grain Mushroom Grow Bag for Growing Gourmet or Exotic Mushrooms All In One Wood Lovers Mushroom Grow Bag with Sawdust and Hardwood Chips for Growing Gourmet or Exotic Mushrooms All In One Mushroom Grow Bag with Coco Coir and Cow Manure Compost for Growing Gourmet or Exotic Mushrooms

Rye Grain w/
Coco Coir Substrate

Rye Grain w/
Wood Nutrient Substrate

Wild Bird Seed w/
Coco Coir &
Cow Manure Compost

How do Mushroom Grow Bags Work?

Mushroom grow bags work by providing the ideal conditions for mycelium growth. The mycelium, the vegetative part of a fungus, produces mushroom fruiting bodies, which are harvested and consumed by people. The mushroom substrate in the grow bag serves as a food source for the mycelium, which grows and colonizes it, producing mushrooms. The bag is inoculated with a spore syringe, liquid culture, or mycelium on agar, and the growth process begins from there.

All In One Mushroom Grow Bag with Coco Coir and Cow Manure Compost for Growing Gourmet or Exotic Mushrooms

How to Set Up a Mushroom Grow Bag

The setup process of a mushroom grow bag is straightforward and effortless. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Choose the right grow bag: Select a grow bag that is suitable for the type of mushroom strain you intend to grow, whether gourmet or rare mushrooms.
  2. Choose the right mushroom habitat: Select a location that provides the right temperature, humidity, and light conditions for the type of strain you want to grow.
  3. Inoculate the grow bag: Inoculate the bag with a mushroom spore syringe or liquid culture syringe through a self-healing injection port.
  4. Seal the bag: After inoculating the bag, make sure to properly seal it with micropore tape to prevent contamination.
  5. Wait for mycelium growth: Wait for the mycelium to grow and colonize the bulk substrate, which can take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple months, depending on the mushroom type.
  6. Induce fruiting: Once the mycelium has fully colonized the substrate, increase the temperature, light, and humidity levels to induce fruiting.
  7. Harvesting mushrooms: Carefully cut the mushrooms at the stem base, leaving the remaining mushroom mycelium in the bag for extra flushes and harvests.

Inoculating mushroom grow bag with spore syringe. Quick and easy cultivation of gourmet mushrooms at home. Get started with our all in one grow kits.

Where Do You Put Mushroom Grow Bags?

Mushroom grow bags can be kept in any location that provides the correct temperature and humidity levels consistently for the mushroom strains grown. Ideally, the temperature range should be kept between 65°F and 75°F and humidity levels should be between 60% and 80%.

  • Indoors: in a closet, pantry, mushroom tent, grow cabinet, grow tent, or greenhouse, with a temperature between 65°F and 75°F and a relative humidity of 85% to 90%.
  • Outdoors: in a shaded and protected area, such as underneath a porch, inside of a shed or a greenhouse, or in a location that provides consistent temperature and humidity, similar to the conditions discussed above.

All In One Mushroom Grow Bag in a kitchen setting - Perfect for indoor mushroom growing at home.

How to Fruit Mushrooms in a Grow Bag?

Once the fully colonized bulk substrate is completely covered with white mycelium, it's time to fruit the mushroom spawn and start the mushroom pinning stage. To trigger mushroom pinning and fruit your bag of fungi, you'll need to provide the right fruiting conditions, including light, air exchange (minimize CO2), and a relatively high humidity level. Simply cut or puncture the bag to increase the fresh air exchange (FAE), mist the bag to maintain a high humidity level, and place the bag in a bright location or use a mushroom grow light. Keep the environment consistent and maintain the proper temperature and humidity levels to ensure successful mushroom fruiting.

It may take several days up to a few weeks for the mushrooms to become visible, and as soon as the mushroom gills are fully developed, it's important to harvest them promptly to avoid over-ripening.

How Quickly Do You Need to Use an All In One
Mushroom Grow Bag?

The majority of all in one mushroom grow bags are designed to be used immediately after the autoclave bags have cooled off from the substrate sterilization procedure but can stay fresh for up to a month or longer. To ensure optimal growth and maximum yield across all mushroom growth stages, it is crucial to promptly inoculate the bag and meticulously follow the mushroom growing instructions. Once you have inoculated the grow bag with mushroom spores via syringe or liquid culture syringe, you will need to incubate it for several weeks between 65°F and 75°F to allow mycelium to fully colonize the bulk mushroom substrate. After that, the mycelium block will be ready to introduce into a fruiting environment within a few days and will be ready for harvest in a couple of weeks.

Disadvantages of All In One Mushroom Grow Bag Fruiting

  • Yield may be limited: A single grow bag may not yield as much after harvesting versus growing with a monotub, mushroom grow tent, or martha tent, but this can be offset by fruiting the bag inside a simple monotub fruiting chamber with perlite.
  • Contamination risk: If the bag is not properly sealed or if the growing conditions are not ideal, contamination can occur, ruining the mushroom harvest.
  • Limited types of mushrooms: Some bags are specifically designed for certain mushroom varieties, limiting your options for growing different types of mushrooms.

Filtered mushroom grow bag allows free air exchange for optimal growth

Do Mushroom Bags Need to Breathe?

The mushroom grow bags do need to breathe and require proper ventilation during both the colonization and fruiting stages. During the colonization stage, the filter patch on the bag will provide optimal gas exchange. During the fruiting stage, you'll need to provide air exchange by cutting or puncturing the bag to allow fresh air to circulate. Offering fresh air exchange during these crucial phases helps prevent mold and bacteria from growing inside the bag.

Mushroom grow bag misted for optimal humidity levels

How To Water Grow Bags?

Mushroom bags do not typically require watering, as the substrates occupying the inside of the bag will retain moisture and provide the necessary hydration for the mushrooms to grow. However, it is crucial to keep an eye on the H2O moisture content inside the mushroom bag to guarantee optimal mushroom growth accompanied with an abundant yield. If you notice that the substrate is starting to dry out, you can use a mister to mist the bag with distilled water to help increase the relative humidity inside the grow bag.

In Conclusion

Mushroom grow bags offer a convenient and simple solution for growing mushrooms at home. With the right setup, care, and attention, you can cultivate sustainable and organic fresh mushrooms from your own mushroom garden. Regardless if you are an expert grower or a beginner, mushroom grow bags are an excellent option for anyone looking to start growing their own mushrooms. Happy growing!

Ready to start growing your own mushrooms at home? Funguy Grow Supply has you covered with our All In One Mushroom Grow Bags. Our grow bags come with everything you need to cultivate gourmet or exotic mushrooms from the comfort of your own home.

For more information and expert advice on growing your own mushrooms, be sure to check out the North Spore blog, which offers helpful tips and step-by-step guides. And for in-depth knowledge on the fascinating world of mycology, visit the website of renowned mycologist and mushroom expert, Paul Stamets. While you're at it, browse our full selection of mushroom growing supplies, including spores, substrate, and more.

Visit Funguy Grow Supply today to start your mushroom growing journey and taste the freshest, most delicious mushrooms you've ever had!