How to Grow Everyday Mushrooms


Growing mushrooms at home is a less complicated process than many gardeners realize, whether it is for gourmet or medicinal purposes. Fresh mushrooms have a richer flavor than those available in grocery stores. The key to growing mushrooms is to have a proper space that is dark and cool for the spores to cultivate. With proper care, fresh mushrooms can be grown in less than two months.

Step 1

Layer about 3 inches of growing medium (hardwood shavings, straw or composted manure) into a growing tray. Store it in a cool, dark, dry place with an ideal temperature of around 70 degrees F. Place a heating pad under the tray to regulate the temperature, if necessary

Step 2

Place the spawn (seeds) or spore (seedlings) on top of the growing medium. Follow the package directions for specific requirements for each mushroom type. Keep the tray in the chosen growing place for about three weeks or until germination.

Step 3

Set the heating pad's temperature to 60 degrees F after the mushrooms have germinated.

Step 4

Layer a sprinkling of potting soil over the mushrooms. Lightly place a damp, clean cloth to cover the entire growing tray and retain moisture. Spritz the cloth daily to keep it moist.

Step 5

Continue this process until the mushrooms have grown to the desired size.

Things You'll Need

  • Mushroom spore or spawn
  • Growing tray
  • Mushroom growing medium (hardwood shavings, straw, composted manure)
  • Heating pad
  • Potting soil
  • Cloth
  • Spray bottle


  • Mushroom Harvest: Mushroom Spawn
  • University of Arizona; Growing Mushrooms At Home
  • Alternative Farming Systems Information Systems: Growing Mushrooms At Home
Keywords: growing mushrooms, cultivating mushoomrs, gourmet mushrooms

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Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.