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How to grow Shiitake Mushrooms

Welcome to our easy to follow, step-by-step guide to your Grow Your Own Shiitake Pyogo! You're probably here because you want to begin growing your own mini mushroom farm. Well, we cant wait to watch you grow. 

Below is all you need (as well as your kit) to start growing your special Shiitake shrooms. 


The Shiitake Mushroom belongs to the genus Lentinula. It is the world’s second most cultivated mushroom. It was first introduced in Eastern Asia and it is fast gaining popularity not just for culinary uses but also the benefits on human health. We aim for you to enjoy growing your own mushrooms.


Storing your mushrooms:

Shiitake mushrooms have a limited shelf life. They can be kept in the fridge for up to 10 days without loss of quality. Just place the mushrooms in a container and cover with a paper towel or place in a paper bag.


Preparation for Cooking:

To use the mushrooms simply wipe clean. Do not soak in water as the mushroom will absorb water.

Step-by-step to growing Shiitake Pyogo!

Whats inside the kit:

An Incubator – a biodegradable bag 

Mushroom growing log in a plastic bag sealed

Fresh water spray bottle


Step 1:

Remove the growing log from bag.Place the log into centre of the larger biodegradable growing tent folding the top down a few cm’s to strengthen, but leaving the top open to allow fresh air into tent (try to keep log away from touching side of tent).  Fill spray bottle with fresh water.


Whats inside the kit:

An Incubator – a biodegradable bag 

Mushroom growing log in a plastic bag sealed

Fresh water spray bottle


Step 1:

Remove the growing log from bag.Place the log into centre of the larger biodegradable growing tent folding the top down a few cm’s to strengthen, but leaving the top open to allow fresh air into tent (try to keep log away from touching side of tent).  Fill spray bottle with fresh water.



Step 2: 

Spray the exposed part of the log with 10 squirts of water using the spray bottle.Place the container on a plate in a place in your home where:(a) Ideal Temperature is between 15-20 centigrade.(b) Indirect sunlight or electric light is available for at least a few hours per day (Direct sunlight is bad).Small “buds” will appear in approx 4 to 5 days. 


Step 2: 

Spray the exposed part of the log with 10 squirts of water using the spray bottle.Place the container on a plate in a place in your home where:(a) Ideal Temperature is between 15-20 centigrade.(b) Indirect sunlight or electric light is available for at least a few hours per day (Direct sunlight is bad).Small “buds” will appear in approx 4 to 5 days. 


Step 3: 

Water with mister 2 or 3 times a day, until the mushrooms are approx the size of a 10p it is now time to remove the growing tent, continue to water 2 or 3 times per day until all the buds have developed into mushrooms, when they have grown to 50 to 70mm caps cut the mushroom as close as possible to the log.


Step 3: 

Water with mister 2 or 3 times a day, until the mushrooms are approx the size of a 10p it is now time to remove the growing tent, continue to water 2 or 3 times per day until all the buds have developed into mushrooms, when they have grown to 50 to 70mm caps cut the mushroom as close as possible to the log.

Triggering the second and subsequent crops

After all of the mushrooms have been harvested place the log back into growing tent and continue to water with mist sprayer. After 10 days immerse the log in a bucket of clean cold water for approx 2hr  then repeat steps remembering to replace growing tent. With proper care at least 2 crops should be possible by repeating steps on previous page.