How Fast Can a Mushroom Grow? February 09, 2016 13:09
For me, the answer isn't a simple. I'm usually growing different mushrooms on different food sources (substrates) and in different environments with different temperatures (outside, inside, on my counter - in my closet). For the mycelium to eat enough food and gain enough energy to fruit it's mushrooms with enough space to grow out, there are a lot of factors to consider.
But let's get to the point, how fast do the mushrooms grow? Last week, I bought a bag of Scott Henderson's oyster mushroom spawn that was on sale and on the verge of fruiting. I finally had the great idea to document the process and so I can demonstrate how fast these oyster mushrooms really do grow.
Here are the results:
The next morning, the caps are developing into their renown oyster shell shape - Feb 1st, 2016.
Check out how tall they are becoming in relation to the top of the bag! The stalks are getting thicker, and the color of the caps are a little lighter. - Evening of Feb 1st.
It's Groundhog's Day! Gills are more developed and are much more easy to recognize. Meaningwhile, the caps have gotten big! Also, check out tall they've gotten overnight - they are now as tall as the top of the bag. - Morning of Feb 2nd, 2016.
Before bed the same night, the mushrooms had grown a couple inches above the top of the bag. - Night of Feb. 2nd, 2016
Morning of February 3rd, the caps are huge and definitely the perfect time to eat them. I pulled down the bag in the second shot to allow space for the lower mushrooms to grow and I can trust the upper mushrooms will protect the mycelium below.
So this is it, the growth of some oyster mushrooms over the course of three days.