But would I really be able to grow mushrooms in my condo? I guess we'll see! I opened up one side of the box as per the instructions and slit the bag into an X. Then I took the bag out of the box and immersed it in a bowl full of water. I let it soak in the bowl for 24 hours. Then, I took it out of the water, put it back in the box and placed it on my floor near indirect light. All I had to do was mist it twice a day, 2-4 sprays each time. So I did this and patiently waited.
Day 2 - nothing yet.
Then after 5 days, I could see the tops growing (on the right)!
Here it is on day 10 -- time to harvest!
Wow! The coolest thing about this is that I just grew mushrooms in the living room of my urban condo! They say you can get 2-4 crops out of each box, but my second batch didn't go so well. It is very important to keep the soil moist, which is very difficult if you are running A/C or heat, both of which will dry the soil out. I first tried a batch over the summer and they dried out before I could harvest them. This time I tried them while I was running heat and made an extra effort to keep the soil very moist so they didn't dry out. Just be careful - these little guys can be very finicky.
Now, what to do with all these mushrooms! Stay tuned for a recipe using these delicious oyster mushrooms. If you are interested in trying this on your own, you can order a box here for $19.95. They make for a unique gift too. You can expect get at least 3 pounds of fresh oyster mushrooms out of two crops!