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How to Grow White Button Mushrooms

By Anthony Smith

White button mushrooms are a variety that is often used in cooking, and they are such a favorite that many gardeners want to grown them at home. Mushrooms usually grow much better indoors where their environment can be better controlled. Grow your own and have some on hand when your next recipe calls for them.

Find a cool, dark and damp place to grow your mushrooms. Basements and closets are often good locations in a house.

Put a couple of inches of composted manure in the pan. Set the pan on a heating pad and rest a thermometer on the compost. Let the heating pad warm up and the thermometer acclimate, and then adjust the control on the heating pad so that you are able to keep the growing area at about 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Set the white button mushroom spawn on the composted manure in the pan. Do not bury them. Wait approximately three weeks for the mushrooms to root.

Lower the temperature of the growing area down to 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit. This will be the growing temperature for mushrooms.

Cover the spawn with about an inch of potting soil. Lay a damp cloth over the pan. Check the cloth regularly and spray it with water any time you notice it is drying out. Check the soil frequently also and spray it with some water if it becomes dry.

Harvest the mushrooms once the cap has opened all the way and has separated from the stem. This usually takes about three to four weeks from the time of starting the spawn.


Things You Will Need

  • White button mushroom spawn ( mushroom seedlings)
  • Composted manure
  • Large pan
  • Heating pad
  • Thermometer

About the Author


Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.