Anybody had any success with these? Is it warm enough yet (15C)?
I've planted 2 lots earlier this year hoping for good results, but nothing has pushed its way through the cap of compost. Yet.
I'm using the spawn sachets with bits of corn/barley (or whatever) laced with the fungus. Planted a big container up which was full of well rotted horse manure & leaf mould (mixed) and another two smaller containers full of home made kitchen compost, all of them capped with (commercially bought) potting compost. I'm still waiting.
I must be the odd one out. I bought a kit some years ago. It came in a white polystyreme box. The only problem I had was eating them fast enough. I was giving the things to my neighbours and family just to get rid of them. After the 4th crop they did stop growing. I regarded the kit as excellent vfm!
I was once given a packet of various muchroom spawn whivh had been implanted into what looked like dowel pegs.
The idea was to find a paiece begiing to rot tree - drill holes and bang the dowel in and then wait--- and--- wait and wait.
It is said it takes up to a year for the organism to establish itself inviibly before pushing up fruit.
Well, I'm still waiting for something (anything other than weeds) to come up, so I guess I'll close this thread seeing as it's an area of special scientific interest judging by the lack of answers/advice received LoL. Thanks anyway for all the responses.
The mushroom spores are in trays on warehouse shelving, and light, moisture & temperature are carefully controlled, so the mushrooms are basically in stasis.
When mushrooms are needed one of the trays is squirted with water, the heating is turned up and the lights come on. Within a few hours the tray is full of mushrooms which are harvested and the lights are turned back off until the tray is needed again...
Sparkyjack - I hope it doesn't take up to a year for this spawn to establish - even though it's a different system. I was wanting to use the compost later this year.
Alan14 - good information. Unfortunately I can't control the outside temperature in the garden, but seeing as the ambient temperature has risen over the last couple of weeks, I watered all my containers over a week ago and guess what ?? Absolutely burger all. I was hoping for the dormant spawn to flourish and provide me and my neighbours with endless supplies of fresh mushrooms, but like the Euro Millions it didn't happen.
So, I'll keep my fingers, legs and eyes crossed but I'm not expecting much. If anything comes I'll post, otherwise (I predict) this thread will just continue down the dated listings into oblivion.