Growing Portabella Mushrooms
Portabella mushrooms are delicious large mushrooms, especially succulent when cooked on the grill. They are often used in place of ground beef for a tasty veggie burger.
Everyone loves them, but we don't normally distinguish between mushrooms and we love them all equally. Read on to learn how to grow Portabella mushrooms and other information about the Portabella mushroom.
Just to address what could be confusing here. We are talking about Portabella mushrooms, but you are thinking of the "portobello mushrooms".
Is there a difference between portobello and portabella mushrooms? No, it just depends on who you are talking to.
Both are slightly different ways of saying the name of the more mature Crimini mushrooms (yes, they are sometimes spelled cremini).
Portabellas, or portobellos, as the case may be, are simply criminis three to seven days older and therefore larger - approximately 5 inches (13 cm) in diameter.
The main question was "can I grow portabella mushrooms?" Yes, you can grow your own portabella mushrooms. You can buy a kit or start the process yourself, but you will still have to buy the fungal spores.
How to grow portabella mushrooms
When it comes to growing portabella mushrooms, the easiest thing to do is probably buy a practical and elegant kit.
The kit comes complete with everything you need and requires no effort on your part except to open the box and spray it regularly.
Place the mushroom kit in a cool, dark place. In just a few weeks, you will start to see them sprout. Easy peasy. If you're up for a bit more of a challenge, you can try growing Portabella mushrooms at home.
As mentioned, you have to buy the spores, but the rest is pretty simple. The cultivation of the Portabella mushroom can be done indoors or outdoors.
Portabellas growing outdoors
If you are growing outdoors, make sure daytime temperatures do not exceed 70 ° F (21 ° C) and nighttime temperatures do not drop below 50 ° F (10 ° C).
If you want your Portabella mushroom to grow outdoors, you need to do a little prep work. Build a raised bed 4 feet by 4 feet (1 x 1 m) and 8 inches (20 cm) deep.
Fill the bed with 5 to 6 inches (13 to 15 cm) of well-seasoned compost. Cover with cardboard and glue black plastic to cover the bed.
This will create a process called solar radiation, which sterilizes the bed. Keep the bed covered for two weeks. At this point, ask for the fungal spores to arrive when the litter is ready. After two weeks, remove the plastic and cardboard. Sprinkle an inch of the spores over the compost, then mix them lightly.
Let them sit for a few weeks when you will see a white film (mycelium) appear on the surface of the soil. Congratulations! That means its spores are growing.
Now apply a 1 inch (2.5 cm) layer of moist peat moss over the entire compost. Cover this with a newspaper. Spray daily with distilled water and continue in this line, spraying twice a day for ten days.
Harvesting can be done anytime thereafter, depending on your size preference.
Growing portabellas indoors
To grow mushrooms indoors, you will need a tray, compost, peat moss, and newspaper. The process is very similar to growing outdoors.
The tray should be 8 inches (20 cm) deep and 4 ft x 4 ft (1 x 1 m) or a similar size. Fill the pot with 6 inches (15 cm) of seasoned manure compost, sprinkle with spores, mix the compost and apply pressure.
Place the tray in the dark until you see a telltale white growth. Then put a layer of wet peat and cover it with newspaper. Mix twice a day for two weeks.
Remove the paper and check your mushrooms. If you see small white dots, remove the newspaper permanently. If not, replace the newspaper and continue spraying for another week.
Once the paper is removed, spray it daily. Again, harvest according to your size preference. Because you can control the temperature, growing portabella mushrooms indoors can be a year-round endeavor.
Keep the room between 65 and 70 degrees F. (18-21 C.). You should receive two to three doses of portabellas over a two-week period.
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