Q&A

KITS : INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE - GROWTH PROBLEM

The mushrooms in my kit do not (re)grow. What can I do?

Whether it is the first or the second shoot, some lazier mushrooms only start growing after about twenty days. If they still do not point their caps after 20 days, immerse the bag overnight in a bucket of water. Then repeat watering with the spray for 10 days. If the oyster mushrooms remain asleep, keep them overnight in the fridge (or outside if the temperature is cool). If, despite all these efforts, the mushrooms do not grow, contact us and we will send you another kit!

 

I have mould on my kit.

The appearance of mould on kits is extremely rare. When it does happen, it is probably due to the opening being much too large. The substrate must be well protected when you open the plastic bag, so it is advisable to just make a small cross of about 5 cm as explained in the instructions for use. This will prevent the kit from drying out and protect it from unwanted invaders? 

If you have mould, open the kit on the other side with a clean knife, making sure to make a small opening.


How many oyster mushrooms will this give?

At least 1 harvest of 200g with the possibility of up to 3 harvests in case of a vigorous oyster mushroom!


How do you know when it is time to harvest the oyster mushrooms?

4-5 days after the start of the growth, when the mushrooms stop growing so fast and just before the edges of the oyster mushrooms start to brown, that’s the time! Simply pinch the base of the bunch and turn it by pulling it towards you. The whole bunch will come off.

 

Where should the kit be placed?

Indoors, in the kitchen, office or living room for example. It needs indirect light and should not be near radiators, air conditioners and fans to prevent it from drying out.

 

Do I have to open the kit on both sides of the boxe?

No, this is not necessary and would risk drying out the kit. Moreover, there will not be more oyster mushrooms when making several openings.

 

What to do with the remaining substrate?

You can mix the substrate with straw or coffee grounds and place it at the bottom of your garden in the shade. With a bit of luck, new bunches of oyster mushrooms will arrive within a few weeks! You can also put it in the compost so that it decomposes into an excellent fertiliser.

FUNGI POP : TUTORIAL TO START THE GROWTH
1. Sterilize the box

1. Sterilize the box

Before starting to cultivate mushrooms, it is very important to sterilize the can with boiling water to prevent any kind of contamination. After all, small fungi (moulds) are also fond of coffee grounds!

Afterwards, you can place your Fungi Pop in a bright room, but without direct exposure to the sun, at a temperature between 15° and 25°C.

2. Place the seeds in the bottom

2. Place the seeds in the bottom

Then open the seed packet and scatter the seeds in the bottom of the box.
3. Place a small pile of coffee grounds on the bottom of the can.

3. Place a small pile of coffee grounds on the bottom of the can.

Cover them with a pile of warm coffee grounds and close the lid tightly. Once this first pile has turned white, cover it with a new pile – and so on until the can is completely full!

Ideally, the coffee grounds should be added 10-15 minutes after the coffee has been filtered, i.e. simply after you have quietly sipped your cup 🙂 . The coffee grounds should therefore be fresh and even warm. Hot water sterilises it as it flows through it, which prevents other fungi or bacteria from developing and landing in the can!

The amount of pomace added can vary. The most important thing is to check that it whitens well day after day. But we advise you to always add small amounts and never add a large amount of coffee grounds at once. If you have added a large heap, do not add new grounds until the heap has turned white.

4. Add a new layer of coffee grounds gradually.

4. Add a new layer of coffee grounds gradually.

The coffee grounds should ideally be added 10 to 15 minutes after the coffee has been filtered, or simply after you have quietly sipped your cup 🙂 . The coffee grounds should still be lukewarm. Warm water will sterilise the coffee grounds and prevent other fungi and bacteria from growing and getting into the can!

The amount of pomace added can vary. The most important thing is to check that it whitens well day after day. But we advise you to always add small amounts and never add a large amount of coffee grounds at once. If you have added a large heap, do not add new grounds until the heap has turned white.

5. Fill your tin completely as you go along

5. Fill your tin completely as you go along

The can should be completely filled (gradually) with the coffee grounds and the mycelium should be allowed to colonise the entire substrate.

6. Remove the stickers

6. Remove the stickers

Baby mushrooms (primordial) will appear near the openings on the side of the Fungi Pop and on the lid.  It’s time to remove the stickers! Sometimes the mushrooms decide to grow only on one side. It doesn’t matter, next time they may grow on both!

7. Sprinkle over the openings

7. Sprinkle over the openings

Mushrooms need a lot of moisture to grow! Water them at least 3 times a day with the supplied spray until the end of the growth.

8. Harvest your mushrooms

8. Harvest your mushrooms

After 3-5 days of growth, your mushrooms will be ready to be harvested! When the mushrooms stop growing so fast and just before the edges of the oyster mushrooms start to brown, it’s time! Simply pinch the base of the bunch and turn it by pulling it towards you. The whole bunch will come off.
FUNGI POP : GROWTH PROBLEM

A green or orange mould appears on my Fungi Pop. Should I get worried, Doc?

Green and orange mould is a sign that other types of mushrooms are present in the box. Don’t worry, it does not mean that your Fungi Pop is beyond repair! When it is the case, both mushrooms will compete, but the oyster mushroom is very competitive. Therefore, it is highly probable that the oyster mushroom eventually smothers the invading mushroom. You can help it by removing the green and orange parts with a tea spoon so that the white part of the oyster mushroom can get back on top. Do not be afraid of scrubbing and removing one or two centimetres of coffee grounds.

The mould may appear for different reasons: when the coffee grounds were added long after that the coffee was filtered, when too much coffee grounds were added to the box, or when the box was not correctly closed.

 Fungi Pop: oyster mushrooms don’t grow.

It sometimes happens that mushrooms are a bit lazy and take time to grow. It is the law of nature… If your Fungi Pop turned white from inside but you still do not have oyster mushrooms growing, put it in the fridge for a night in order to trigger a thermal shock. It will, in a sense “stress the oyster mushroom out”. Its survival instinct will encourage it to reproduce as soon as possible and eventually produce mushrooms!

 

Is the cultivation infinite?

Almost! In fact, the Fungi Pop allows you to grow oyster mushrooms at home forever! When your Fungi Pop stops producing mushrooms, all you have to do is buy a refill of mycelium. A refill can give you an average of 6 harvests!

ORDERS

What payment methods are accepted?

We accept the following means of payment: Bancontact, Visa, MasterCard, Paypal.

When will I receive my order?

After payment of your order, it takes between 5 and 7 working days for your order to be processed and sent (24h) in Belgium and France. For other countries, it takes between 7 and 10 working days.

During the festive season, orders are sent out more often: delivery takes 24 hours in Belgium and 2-3 days internationally.

What are the delivery costs?

Prices :

Free from 40€ onwards

4,95 € for Belgium

7,95 € for international 

Which countries do you deliver to?

We deliver to Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany.

RECYCLE YOUR COFFEE GROUNDS

I have a lot of unused coffee grounds. I would like to give them to PermaFungi. Would you accept them?

For the moment, we gather enough coffee grounds from our partners. However, many possibilities exist to recycle it. On the one hand, Fungi Pop allows you to cultivate oyster mushrooms at home or at work, using directly your own coffee grounds.

Otherwise, this website suggests many original and sometimes unknown ways to reuse coffee grounds.

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