The 11 Best Mushroom Growing Kits and Logs
No garden? No light? No problem! These mushroom logs and mushroom growing kits let you grow edible mushrooms in almost any conditions.
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Mushroom Growing Kits
Have you ever thought about growing mushrooms? We have! A mushroom growing kit offers an enjoyable, uncomplicated way to grow your own food. These kits typically include a box or a log already seeded with spores. Keep the kit moist and at a constant temperature to see results with fun, edible varieties. Mushroom kits are easy for beginners and don’t require the same weeding or watering a garden does. With so many types available, you might find your family’s new favorite recipe ingredient.
It’s easier and more affordable than you might think to grow your own mushrooms anywhere—from the backyard to the living room. Small space and low light? No problem. Low maintenance mushrooms don’t mind. Shiitakes, golden oysters, blue oysters, lion’s mane…the list of edible mushrooms goes on and on. Here are the best mushroom logs and mushroom growing kits to get you started.
Four-Pound Golden Oyster Mushroom Growing Kit
If you’re more interested in quickly eating freshly grown mushrooms than you are in watching them grow over time, this is the mushroom grow kit for you. Follow three simple steps to grow oyster mushrooms: cut the bags, mist them with water, and harvest. Mushroom lovers have reported oyster mushroom growth on the very first day!
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Backyard Mushroom Morel Growing Kit
The Morel Habitat Kit is meant for outdoor use. It’s designed to be grown directly in soil, and you need about four to five square feet of ground (like a small raised bed). Morels are a perennial crop and will continue to produce fungi year after year if the appropriate conditions are provided. You can get started anytime the soil is workable, which depends on your climate and plant zone (psst—here’s how to find your first and last frost dates). The kit includes a bag of inoculated California mushroom spawn and a set of growing instructions.
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Oyster Mushroom Log Kit
These oyster mushroom log kits are handmade in Georgia and pretty enough to compete with houseplants. Each log is made from recently felled aspen and poplar trees, and planted with organic oyster mushroom spores inside. All you have to do is soak the mushroom log and keep it in a damp, cool, dark place. In between seven and 12 months, you’ll be in fresh mushroom heaven. Re-soak and harvest every six weeks for up to three years. Prefer shittake mushrooms? The same company has shittake mushroom log kits.
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Lion’s Mane Mushroom Growing Kit
Looking to branch out? Lion’s mane mushrooms may look unusual but they’re completely edible, and have a mild seafood flavor. They absorb flavors (and liquid) like a sponge, which makes them versatile in cooking. And, you gotta see one! They look like a mane of lush white hair growing out of a log. These mushroom grow kits can take a few weeks to mature, but some gardeners have reported faster results. Curious about edible flowers? Discover the flowers that you can eat.
Mushroom Growing Kit Trio
For mushroom lovers who want to grow more than one variety of fungi at a time, this 3-pack mushroom growing kit is the best choice. The trio includes white oyster, pink oyster and brown oyster mushrooms. You can begin to harvest mushrooms within two weeks! Yum! Don’t miss these whimsical fairy garden kits we love.
Black Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit
Oyster mushrooms are one of the most popular mushroom varieties to grow from a kit. This black oyster mushroom kit lets you grow mushrooms right on the kitchen counter. These kits are small, hand-crafted batches from a family farm in the Cascade Foothills of Western Washington. Your harvest should total between one two pounds of fresh mushrooms. Yum! Don’t miss these indoor garden kits that are perfect for gifting.
Pink Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit
Pink oyster mushrooms would look gorgeous in a salad, as well as growing in the living room. Get pink mushrooms in this mushroom kit. It comes with everything you need to grow mushrooms indoors, including a misting bottle and a box fully colonized with mushroom mycelium. Want to grow flowers and veggies next spring? We found seed starter kits and supplies to jump-start your garden.
Chicken of the Woods Mushroom Plugs
Try chicken of the woods mushrooms for a fresh, fun twist on meatless meals. They’re also super colorful! The plugs need to be hammered into logs and grown outdoors, so this is not a good choice if you don’t have a yard. Shopping for a plant lover? We found the best plant gifts to give and receive.
Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Growing Kit
This mushroom kit is organic and non-gmo—and you can grow it straight from its cardboard package. To grow pearl oyster mushrooms, simply open the box and spray with water. You should expect to have edible mushrooms in about 10 days. Each crop produces three to four servings of mushrooms, and each box can grow up two crops. Check out our favorite gardening gift ideas for any occasion.
Shiitake Mushroom Log
For the gardener that has it all, give them a unique project. This shiitake mushroom log is already seeded with spores. Just soak the log in water and wait for the mushrooms to appear. Enjoy your mushroom harvest for up to three years. Psst—we found gardening subscription boxes you’ll love to unbox.
Golden Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit
Get ready to feast—golden oyster mushrooms are delicious to eat! Spritz the box twice daily with water and you’ll start seeing “baby mushrooms” within two weeks. You can start to harvest and enjoy them a few days later. Each kit includes instructions and tips for growing and cooking your mushrooms. Interested in trying an AeroGarden? Here’s our editor’s AeroGarden review.