How to grow mushrooms indoors during the summer
Gourmet mushrooms often prefer a temperature of 20 Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) or below to grow indoors. Without enough air conditioning, this can be a significant challenge.
We learned this the hard way more than once, thanks to a power outage and a delayed air conditioning unit. Luckily with JCB Gourmet Mushrooms Grow Kits, you can grow mushrooms indoors without worrying about the heat created by hundreds of mushroom blocks sitting side by side in a closed room.
Here are a few ways you can grow mushrooms indoors if you're struggling to maintain a temperature below 20 Celsius (68 F).
1. Choose a grow kit that handles warmer temperatures
Some of the mushrooms we grow are less picky than others and can handle slightly warmer temperatures. Italian Oyster, Snow Oyster and Chestnut mushrooms usually tolerate temperatures up to 25 Celsius (77 F) if there is frequent misting and airflow. Blue Oyster mushrooms can handle a few degrees above 20 Celsius (68 F), but the caps grow white like the Snow Oysters. Shiitake mushrooms can also tolerate a room around 22 Celsius (72 F).
Reishi and Yellow Oyster mushrooms actually prefer warmer temperatures. We recommend the temperature for Reishi Grow Kits be between 21 and 27 Celsius (70 and 80 F). Yellow Oyster grow kits can be in a room between 18 and 26 Celsius (64 and 79 F).
Pink and Yellow Oyster mushrooms like to grow in tropical climates outdoors, but they do need consistent humidity to replicate that environment. If you can mist around five times a day to consistently maintain high humidity, you are much more likely to replicate the tropical conditions.
2. Place the grow kit in a room without much direct light
The basement is the best option to grow mushrooms if your home is feeling the heat. The ground insulates basements and shields them from the outdoor air. Basements can also be damper as warm air meets the cool walls. As long as you keep your grow kit away from a dehumidifier if you're trying to reduce the dampness of the basement, you can take advantage of that humidity with your misting.
There are other options for those without a basement. Try a closet or a room with a smaller window. You can also close the curtains to keep out the direct sunlight. Grow kits will overheat in direct light, partly because of the plastic bags.
3. Mist often
You might have noticed humidity being mentioned in the other steps as well. That's because it is very important to mist the inside of the humidity tent that goes over the growing block.
More than half of the block is water, and warmer temperatures will cause the water to evaporate. Misting the humidity tent will help the block reabsorb water. Misting cold water also helps lower the temperature of the growing block.
Misting at least three to five times a day is great – if you're at home all day, don't hesitate to check your grow kit for droplets on the humidity tent. If the water dried off, mist again to be safe. The misting is easy enough for kids to maintain the humidity of the grow kit as well.
What has been your experience growing mushrooms indoors during the summer? Let us know in the comments!