Special MycoPot¹ Grow Kit

£14.95

Sterilised at 15 PSI in an electric autoclave.
Processed and bagged within an ISO Class 5 cleanroom
A budget-friendly 1 x MycoPot grow kit, featuring our very own Inject-Thru lid system.
This simple, ready-to-inject mushroom grow kit contains a unique recipe of Rye Grain, Coir, Coffee and Gypsum.
Quick flushes and easy growing are just a few of the reasons why our Special kits are number one in the UK.
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Description

What’s included

  • 1x 280ml MycoPot of Organic Rye Grain Substrate with added Coir, Gypsum and Coffee
  • HEPA-Filtered and Inject-Thru MycoPot for ultimate contamination resistance
  • Ultra Humid Breathable Grow Tent to fruit your mushrooms inside
  • Basic Hygiene Kit includes gloves, alcohol wipes and a hand wipe
  • Perlite to maintain the perfect humidity level throughout the mushroom fruiting process

Not included

  • Gourmet Spore or Culture Syringe

How to use

Inject 0.5-1ml of gourmet spore or liquid culture solution into each of the grey rubber ports within the lid
After full colonisation, take the lid off and place within your grow tent to begin fruiting mushrooms.. Easy.

The white HEPA filters on the lids will filter dust and mould spores and allow clean air exchange. Don’t try to remove these!
NEVER open the MycoPots before full colonisation of mycelium or the kit will be ruined with contamination.

Click the ‘Instructions’ tab above to read our detailed guide

Storage

If you cannot use your grow kit right away, we would advise that you store it in a (clean) fridge for a maximum of 2 weeks.
If you can’t store it in a fridge, don’t leave it for any longer than 1 week.
The longer you leave it, the more moisture will be lost from the substrate and if too much moisture is lost, colonisation will just not happen.

Always inoculate your grow kits as soon as you possibly can!

Advice

This grow kit is tailored for first time growers who are looking for a quick flush.
Can take around 5 weeks to fully colonise in optimum conditions.
Does not come supplied with a gourmet spore or culture syringe.
Some wood-loving species like Shiitake may fruit on this substrate.

Important

All grow kit products are for UK customers only at this time, sorry.
Product is made fresh to order – Please check our dispatch schedule here.
Only for use in cultivating species which are legal to grow – research the law.

Instructions

Due to Covid-19 stock shortages, we may not always be able to supply face masks with grow kits right now. Be as cautious as possible when inoculating your kits, if a face mask is not supplied.

Instructions for Cylocybe Special MycoPot Grow Kit

STAGE 1: INOCULATION

For this stage, you will need:

  • 1 x Cylocybe Special MycoPot (supplied)
  • 1 x Surgical face mask (supplied)
  • 1 x Pair of sterile gloves (supplied)
  • Alcohol wipes (supplied)
  • Gourmet spores / liquid mycelium syringe and needle (not supplied)
  • Flame lighter (not supplied)
  • Zipper bag for leaving the MycoPots in afterwards (not supplied but recommended)
Summary:

Make sure you and the room are clean and draft-free (no pun intended!). Fit your gloves and face mask - make sure your hands are clean and bone dry before fitting them or you won't get the gloves on, trust us! Use the alcohol wipe to thoroughly clean the rubber ports built into the tubs (allow a few seconds to become visibly dry) and then pierce into each rubber port to inject 0.5 - 1ml. Now place the MycoPot into a plastic zipper bag to keep dust and other nasties off them - leave a gap in the seal so they can still breathe! Place somewhere at room temperature to begin colonising, they will turn completely white in time, so be patient. Don't put these pots in any direct sunlight. When they look complete, don't rush it - let it have another week.

Detailed:
1. Get organised

Choose a space to use as your 'lab' - An ideal room to use will be draft-free, such as a small cupboard. Kitchens and bathrooms are generally not suitable because of the increased risk of mould. Take everything you will need into your lab at this point, you want to keep air currents to an absolute minimum - close the door and keep it closed until you are finished! - to lower the odds of contaminant spores getting into the MycoPot.

2. Cleanliness

Take the time to ensure you are completely clean - have a shower, brush your teeth and change into fresh clothes. Before you begin the inoculation process, take your face mask out of the bag and secure it tightly to your face. Then, make sure your hands and forearms are clean - you can wipe them with the included Clinell hand wipe and let them completely air dry first or you'll struggle to put your sterile gloves on!

3. Inoculation

Give the syringe a good rattle and shake to help break any clumping. Remove the cap from the end of the syringe, unwrap the sterile needle and screw it on to the syringe. Thoroughly wipe the rubber injection ports on the MycoPot and allow them to dry before swiftly piercing the needle through and injecting 0.5 - 1ml of liquid into each port - try to get close to where the substrate meets the plastic wall.

When inoculating any other grow kits with the same syringe, it's advised to flame sterilise the needle until it glows red hot, giving 15 seconds or a tiny squirt of liquid to allow the needle to cool down before injecting. Or you could purchase some extra needles and switch them over if you prefer.

Never wipe a needle with an alcohol wipe - this will only sanitise it. It's best flame sterilising for proper sterilisation.

4. Colonisation

Now it's time to leave the MycoPot in a safe place to fully colonise with mycelium. We recommend that you place the MycoPot into a plastic zipper bag to keep them as clean as possible for the next stages. Remember not to seal the bag fully to allow the growing mycelium to breathe!

It's recommended to leave the MycoPot to colonise in a room with indirect sunlight or light from a flourescent bulb.. although a dark cupboard won't do any harm. Just keep it out of direct sunlight and it will be fine!

Regarding heat, many species love very warm climates during colonisation but it can be a balancing act because so do bacteria!.. If your mycelium is going strong, it can outrun many types of bacteria and you will never know they were even present.

Keeping the colonising MycoPot somewhere between 18C and 26C is ideal. 26C will be noticeably faster than 18C but with some patience it will get there regardless.

If you are determined to have a warmer environment for faster colonisation times, we strongly advise against the use of heat mats as they can dry out the bottom of the substrate and stall colonisation. It's a far better idea to store your substrates somewhere with more balanced heat like a warm cupboard above a fridge or near the water boiler..

Generally, you will start to see mycelium growth after 10 days depending on optimum conditions - if not, just hang in there a while longer as you may have injected too deep to see any growth yet.. Injecting gourmet spores or culture close to the walls of the container (pot in this case) is of course going to show quicker results than injecting deeper into the substrate - and that's the most common reason we get emails saying 'I can't see any mycelium..'. Patience is key here!

It normally takes around 5 weeks for the MycoPot to fully colonise with white mycelium and become what we refer to as a 'cakes', but again, this depends on a range of factors such as temperature, genetics, etc.

When the MycoPot has reached full colonisation, it's highly recommended that you leave it for an extra week to allow the mycelium to consolidate within the core of the cake.

STAGE 2: PREPARING THE HUMIDITY TENT

We will now set up the chamber for growing your mushrooms.

For this stage, you will need:

  • 1 x Bag of perlite to provide humidity (supplied)
  • 1 x Humidity tent for fruiting your mushrooms in (supplied)
Summary:

Place your perlite in a strainer and rinse under the tap until soaking. Shake off some of the excess water and pour into the humidity tent.

Detailed:

1. The first step is to rinse the perlite to get rid of all the excess dust. Please wear a face mask or cover your mouth and nose in some way when working with perlite. Get yourself a sieve or strainer (of course with holes smaller than the size of the perlite) and empty the perlite into it. Rinse under a running tap until you can see all of the dust is gone and that the perlite is fully soaked, turn the tap off and shake off some of the excess water but make sure you don't remove too much.

2. Pour the damp perlite into your humidity tent - this will create the humid environment mushrooms love.

STAGE 3: FRUITING CHOICE

You can choose to remove the fully colonised cake from your MycoPot to fruit - you will just need to cut fitting pieces of tin foil to place down on to the perlite first so the cakes aren't touching it. Make sure not to sit a mycelium-covered substrate directly onto damp perlite!

Brush off and discard of any vermiculite on top of the cakes.

Some people prefer to remove the cakes from their containers like this to free up the sides for mushrooms to have plenty of room to grow.

But, you can also choose to grow directly from within the MycoPot - in this case, you simply remove the lids and place the plastic MycoPot directly onto the perlite.

Now fold over the top of the humidity tent and either leave it as is (if the opening is pointing downwards, no dust/mould particles can fall in there) or if you prefer - you can put some paper clips or pegs on there to hold it shut.

STAGE 4: HUMIDITY CONTROL

Whichever fruiting style you chose, the humidity techniques will be the same.

For this stage, you will need:

  • Spray bottle to mist your cake with water (not supplied)

You will now need to mist the cake with water regularly to ensure constant hydration. Mist your cakes / casing layers directly until they glisten with moisture and when you can no longer see the glisten on it, it's time to mist it again.. Misting 3-6 times a day is pretty common for ultimate results.

Click here to view some photos which will help you see what is meant by 'glistening with moisture'.

The evaporation of moisture from the cake is the trigger for mushroom pins to form and grow - this is why the humidity tents we supply in our grow kit have lots of filters to provide clean air exchange. If you do not mist regularly to replace this evaporating moisture, you will break the cycle and you will have a poor harvest.. Simple as that.

You must continue to mist throughout the full growing process - when you see pins forming and whilst your mushrooms are growing.. remember mushrooms are 90% water, they need all that extra moisture!!

An extra tip on humidity: It may be best to pour the perlite into a strainer and hydrate it again at least once or twice a week.. moisture will evaporate out of the bag quickly. The more work you put in the greater your reward.

STAGE 5: HARVEST TIME

When your mushrooms are ready for harvest, you can either cut them off with a scalpel/knife or some people prefer to just twist and pull their mushrooms - but be aware this can sometimes pull some of the substrate away along with the mushroom, so it's not the best method.

When you have harvested all of your mushrooms from your first flush, you can place the MycoPot back into your humidity tent and continue the misting process for more fruting!

If you have looked after your grow kit well, you should achieve a few flushes of mushrooms.

But, eventually the mushrooms will use up all of the nutrients within the substrate and no further mushrooms will be able to grow. You cannot re-inoculate and re-use the grow kits multiple times (a question we get asked quite often).

If you follow these instructions carefully, you will have no problem in growing your own beautiful mushrooms..

Good luck and have fun!