Although the mushrooms are not growing yet, your Mini Mushroom farm should be showing signs of life. You may be noticed the mycelium starting to get denser, and possibly it's starting to thicken around the air holes. The baby mushrooms starting to grow out of the holes are called pin-sets.
NOTE: In summer, pinning may start as soon as 2 weeks (or even earlier), but in winter it may take up to 4. If it hasn't started pinning after 4 weeks it may have gone dormant, so read the article about things not going as expected.
Mist, and mist again.
Remember, you don't need to mist until it starts pinning. But, once it starts, you may need to act quickly to ensure the air is humid enough. Some people are lucky because they live in an area of high natural humidity, or the weather gods have smiled. However, for most people maintaining high humidity will be the biggest challenge.
It is best to err on the side of caution and over-do the misting, especially in the first 48 hours. It's really disappointing to hear from customers who have had their first flush stall in their first few hours of life due to a lack of humidity. If it does stall the info in the above link will help you get back on the right track.
- Here is an important article on managing humidity.
- A photo reference of the different stages of the mushroom grow. This includes examples of pinning and stalled mushrooms
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