Best Way To Grow Lions Mane Mushrooms

Growing Lion's Mane mushrooms (Hericium erinaceus) can be a rewarding and relatively straightforward process if you follow the right steps. Here's a basic guide on how to grow Lion's Mane mushrooms at home:

  1. Choose a Growing Kit or Make Your Substrate:

    • You can start with a Lion's Mane mushroom growing kit, which contains pre-inoculated substrate. This is the easiest way for beginners.
    • Alternatively, you can make your own substrate using hardwood sawdust or straw. Sterilize the substrate by boiling it or using a pressure cooker to kill any competing microorganisms.
  2. Inoculate the Substrate:

    • If you have a growing kit, follow the instructions provided to inoculate the substrate. Typically, this involves removing the packaging and misting it to create a humid environment.
    • If you're making your own substrate, you'll need Lion's Mane mushroom spawn. Distribute the spawn throughout the substrate. It's essential to work in a clean, sterile environment to prevent contamination.
  3. Incubation Phase:

    • After inoculation, place the substrate in a clean, dark, and warm (70-75°F or 21-24°C) location. The mycelium will colonize the substrate during this phase, which can take several weeks. Keep the substrate moist but not waterlogged.
  4. Fruiting Chamber Setup:

    • Lion's Mane mushrooms require fresh air and high humidity to fruit successfully. Transfer the colonized substrate to a fruiting chamber. This can be a plastic storage container with holes for ventilation and a humidifier for maintaining humidity (around 90%).
  5. Lighting:

    • Lion's Mane mushrooms are sensitive to light. Provide indirect, ambient light but avoid direct sunlight.
  6. Maintain Ideal Conditions:

    • Lion's Mane mushrooms prefer a temperature range of 60-75°F (15-24°C). Maintain these conditions in the fruiting chamber.
    • Keep the substrate moist by misting it regularly with non-chlorinated water. You can also use a humidity tent or bag to help maintain high humidity levels.
  7. Harvest:

    • Lion's Mane mushrooms will start to form after a few weeks in the fruiting chamber. Harvest them when they are mature and fully developed, typically when they are white and fluffy. Cut them off gently at the base with a clean knife or scissors.
  8. Multiple Flushes:

    • Lion's Mane mushrooms can produce multiple flushes. After the first harvest, continue to mist the substrate and maintain ideal conditions to encourage more mushrooms to grow.
  9. Enjoy Your Harvest:

    • Lion's Mane mushrooms have a unique seafood-like flavor and can be cooked in various dishes. They're often used in stir-fries, soups, or as a meat substitute due to their meaty texture.

Remember that growing mushrooms at home can be a fun and educational experience, but it requires attention to detail, cleanliness, and patience. Be prepared for some trial and error as you get the hang of the process, and don't be discouraged if your first attempt isn't perfect. With practice, you can improve your technique and enjoy a steady supply of Lion's Mane mushrooms.


We have an assortment of All-In-One Mushroom Grow Bags aka "Fun Bags' for your growing pleasure. Fun bags are literally a window into how mother nature produces mushrooms right inside the bag. 

Our fun bags are a great family or school project. Teach kids how to grow their own mushrooms and they will never go hungry. No yard needed. Grow right indoors from beginning until harvest. Bags can also be grown outdoors. 

These bags to not contain spores or liquid culture. Inoculate with your favorite mushroom spores or liquid culture. 

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