Oyster Mushrooms are best harvested before the mushroom caps start to flatten. They are in their prime when the caps are large but still smooth and round. Phoenix Oyster Mushrooms tend to some large clusters of smaller mushrooms and their caps sometimes curl upwards prematurely. Harvesting Phoenix oysters as the caps are curling works well for timing.
Lion’s Mane Mushrooms will start to form “hairs” as they reach their full size. Once the hairs are 3-4mm long, the Lion’s Mane Mushroom is in its prime and ready for harvest.
The substrate used to grow your mushrooms makes fantastic fertilizer. Remove the plastic from the mushroom kit, shallow bury the leftover substrate in your compost, raised garden bed or any other garden area of your choosing. There’s a good chance the mycelium will establish and continue producing mushrooms for many seasons to come!