How to Grow Crimini Mushrooms at Home


Crimini mushrooms are very similar to white mushrooms. The difference is that their color is darker and their texture is moderately firm. This is because crimini mushrooms are derived from a different strain of spores. The plant has an earthy flavor, close to that of a portobello mushroom. According to the American Mushroom Institute, mushrooms are difficult to grow. However, the crimini variety is among the easier types to handle. It's a good option for gardeners who are just starting to tackle this type of planting.

Step 1

Lay down 3 inches of wood chips over the planting area. Wait until there is no longer the possibility of frost. One cubic yard of chips will cover a 10-square-foot garden bed.

Step 2

Spray the wood chips with the garden hose if they are dry. For the health and growth of the crimini mushrooms, the chips should be moist.

Step 3

Spread the crimini spawn over the wood chips. Make sure there is an even amount for the best growth. Rake the spawn into the top of the wood chips to encourage growth. It takes a few weeks for the white vegetative part of the fungus, called mycelium, to appear.

Step 4

Incorporate a few handfuls of lime to the sphagnum peat moss. Combine the substances.

Step 5

Apply 1 to 2 inches of the moss mixture on top of the wood chips. The moss will retain moisture and make the environment better for growing crimini mushrooms. Dampen the planting bed with the garden hose.

Step 6

Water the mushroom bed regularly to keep it moist. If it doesn't rain, add water to it once a week. Crimini mushrooms will take a few weeks to one month to grow.

Step 7

Wait until crimini mushrooms are chocolate brown on top, which indicates a strong flavor. Harvest them by pulling them out by hand. Cut off any root that remains.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cubic yard wood chips Water Garden hose 5 to 6 qts. crimini grain spawn Rake ½ lb. agricultural lime Sphagnum peat moss Pruning shears


  • University of Wisconsin: Fungus of the Month
  • University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension: More Mushrooms, Please
  • American Mushroom Institute/Penn State: Basic Procedures for Mushroom Growing
  • Cornell University: Growing Gourmet Mushrooms
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