The fruiting environment: Choosing your grow room designed for successful cultivation
A very important aspect of cultivating mushrooms indoors is making arrangements to have the most appropriate fruiting environment. Except there’s adequate temperature, air exchange, and humidity, your mushroom block will lose all its water content and end up not producing any fruit. Adequate air exchange should be provided for when cultivating your mushrooms. It’s true that how to maintain high humidity in your growing block might be difficult to master, but better solutions have indeed been given to this challenge. Individual mushrooms have their uniqueness when it comes to environmental requirements for proper cultivation. As soon as you have an enabling environment for your mushroom to grow, then your job is half-way done.
When you’re about setting things in order in your grow area, you need to identify and consider those factors mentioned earlier on because they contribute immensely to the successful growth of your mushrooms. The cool temperature and great humidity are indispensable factors that will decide if your mushrooms will adequately fruit. Cool temperatures are very important to have expansive fruiting, and this explains why you see many mushrooms around during the rainy season than the period when the weather is hot and dry. Other factors necessary for efficient fruiting are the availability of light and good wait exchange. Appropriate lighting is crucial for proper fruiting, this is why fruiting will be impeded when the mycelium is placed in a dark room. There has to be a threshold level before fruiting can take place. Air levels also play a pivotal role in seeing to it that your growing block has access to fresh air.
Liquid happens to be the cheapest option: The shotgun fruiting chamber
A shotgun fruiting chamber is described as a clear plastic tote that appears as if it has been blasted with a shotgun.
Begin with a plastic tote that has a very large space enough to contain any amount of blocks you want to put inside it. Holes should be driven into the tote on all sides leaving about 2 inches of space in between two successive holes, this space will allow the fruiting blocks to breathe. Perlite is another ingredient you should put at the bottom of your SGFC. Perlite, a porous material that takes in water helps to slowly release this water into your chamber and therefore allows for humidity in the chamber. The perlite should be soaked in water for more than 45 minutes before you finally put it in your chamber. A spray bottle is also needed to allow you to fan your chamber with a fine mist. You can do the spraying numerous times in a day. This also generates humidity in the chamber. A simple hygrometer can be used to monitor the level of humidity in your chamber. The temperature will also be measured by this device.
Mushroom Greenhouse design
If you want to pump out a large number of mushrooms and want to be in full control of the process, you’d need to step up by getting a mid-size grow chamber. A 4 tier greenhouse is a very common indoor mushroom grow chamber type. Though it costs higher than other options, you should be aware that it’s very amazing in its way of stepping up the growth potential. This type of growing chamber is perfect for cultivating plants indoors, that’s why you’ll commonly find them with home cultivators. A major merit of this great design is that it has a humidifier, an automated device that generally saves you the stress of having to constantly open the chamber daily so that fresh air will reach the chamber. It's quite better and more preferable to connect the humidifier by making use of some PVC pipes. The humidifier comprises a fan that aids the efficient entry of air into the chamber.
Two options for choosing a humidifier exist if you’re trying to decide which type of humidifier you want, the ultrasonic and the cool mist humidifier. Both work well, but the ultrasonic humidifier works more optimally than the cool mist type of humidifier. With an ultrasonic humidifier, you’ll see visible vapor when you use spinning discs, thus the device makes sure your chamber becomes rapidly humid. Cool mist on the other hand is much less effective because it uses a wick in drawing water up into the airstream. See that you frequently clean your humidifier so that you don’t allow contaminants to affect your mushrooms. A hygrometer is best used in monitoring your chamber’s humidity. You shouldn’t open your chamber frequently, this could allow too much water to enter your chamber.
Endeavor to place a plastic sheet under your grow chamber if you’re going to place it on a carpet or hardwood. This is carried out to make sure the moisture that will build up in the chamber doesn’t destroy your floor. The humidifier will not pump sufficient fresh air, especially when it has to do with species of mushrooms that always love to consume a large amount of air like the blue oyster. So, you will need to open your chamber on rare occasions to allow for a copious supply of air.
What makes you successful when using the 4 tier to grow, you’ll need to keep trying your skills on it until you get successful one day. You’ll also need to know what condition your grow area works best in and the type and season of yours. Mushroom for more efficient yield.