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How to Grow Enoki Mushrooms at Home: A Step-by-Step Guide

Updated: 2 days ago

Are you a fan of mushrooms? I sure am; they make a fantastic addition to salads, soups, and stir-fries. Plus, they have a lot of health benefits.


In this blog post, I'll guide you on the easiest way to grow your Enoki mushrooms right at home.




Why Grow Your Own Enoki Mushrooms?


Enoki mushrooms aren't just delicious; they're a nutritional powerhouse with significant health benefits. Here's why you should consider adding them to your diet:


  • Digestive Health: Enoki mushrooms are fiber-rich, aiding digestion and helping regulate blood sugar levels.

  • Nutrient-rich: Packed with essential vitamins like niacin and minerals like iron, calcium, and selenium.


  • Antioxidant Properties: These mushrooms offer protection against oxidative stress and inflammation, contributing to overall wellness.


  • Potential Health Benefits: Research suggests enoki mushrooms may have anti-cancer and immune-boosting effects.




How to Grow Enoki Mushrooms at Home




Follow these four steps to growing enoki mushrooms at home.

  1. Step One: Obtain Spawn

  2. Step Two: Obtain Substrate

  3. Step Three: Add Spawn to Substrate

  4. Step Four: Harvest Your Mushrooms


Step One: Obtain Spawn


Enoki mushroom spawn works like seeds and is suitable for home use.


A standard method involves using mushroom grain spawn, made of grains like rye, wheat, and millet with mushroom mycelium. This method is suitable for home growing.


You can buy enoki mushroom spawn from Amazon:




When purchasing spawn, I always opt for Amazon and choose reputable sellers like Better Fungi. They offer strictly organic mushroom spawns.


When writing this, spawn is $16.00 for 100 grams, which should be more than enough to get you started.






When using mushroom spawn, avoid applying it directly to the substrate to prevent contamination. Clean surfaces and wash hands beforehand.


You can also use a Still Air Mushroom Box to protect the spawn and create an ideal growing environment.





Step Two: Obtain Substrate


To grow enoki mushrooms at home, you need substrate-like soil. The mushrooms use it to grow, extracting nutrients to produce beautiful enoki mushrooms.


You can buy ready-made substrates from Amazon for the easiest method. I just found this out and wanted to share, as it simplifies the process.







Step Three: Add Spores to Substrate


Spawn:


If you are using spawn, sprinkle the spawn on the bag's outer edges, as shown below.




Step Four: Harvest Your Mushrooms


When the bag turns white, usually after about 8-14 days, it's time to take action! Poke holes where you see mushrooms growing. Spray those areas twice daily until the mushrooms are the size you want.


When they reach the size you like, it's time to harvest. Use a sharp knife to cut them at the base, leaving some for more growth.


After harvesting, get creative - cook them in various dishes or enjoy their freshness as is. Enjoy!



FAQ'S


Can you grow enoki mushrooms from cuttings?


Yes, you can grow enoki mushrooms by cutting them. Cut a small piece of the mushroom off at the base and place it in a moistened coffee grounds or hay container. Cover the container with a lid or plastic wrap and place it in a warm, dark place. The mushrooms should begin to sprout within a few days. When they are about an inch tall, they are ready to harvest. Enjoy!





What are Enoki mushroom growing conditions?


Enoki mushrooms prefer warm, dark conditions. The ideal temperature for growing enoki mushrooms is 68-77 degrees Fahrenheit. They also require high humidity, so keep the substrate moistened. With these conditions met you should see small mushrooms beginning to sprout within a few days. When they are about an inch tall, they are ready to harvest. Enjoy!


What is the easiest way to grow mushrooms?


The easiest way to grow mushrooms is by purchasing a mushroom grow kit. It's so simple: you cut the bag that contains mushrooms and mist it twice a day for 7-10 days. Some mushroom boxes must be soaked in water for 24 hours after opening.





 

Enoki mushrooms are a delicious and healthy addition to any meal, and growing them at home is easy and inexpensive. With just a few simple supplies, you can have a steady supply of fresh enoki mushrooms to add to your favorite dishes. Give it a try today!