Our Grow-it-Yourself Hantana Phoenix Oyster Mushroom-growing kit provides a rich educational and culinary experience, taking you from raw materials to awe-inspiring harvest in about three weeks. It lets you clearly see how these amazing organisms - Phoenix Oyster Mushrooms (Pleurotus pulmonarius) - live and grow.
The kit includes dry substrate ingredients, live spawn in a growing bag, and quick-start instructions. You combine the dry material with the spawn, some coffee grounds, hydrogen peroxide (available at grocery stores and pharmacies), and water, all in the spawn bag. Then you seal the bag and watch; you will see growth begin in as little as one day!
Over the next 10 days or so the mushroom's fibers - the mycelium - will continue to colonize the substrate. Soon it will start to form solid masses where mushrooms will form. Once these appear, it's time to make an opening in the bag so that tiny mushroom pinheads can form and expand out of the bag.
Once exposed to fresh air, light, and moisture, pinheads usually form within a matter of days. expanding into the open air. Healthy Phoenix oyster mushroom pinheads produce a pretty profusion of protective pink fluid during this crucial period.
As pinheads grow, they differentiate more clearly into caps and stems, swelling into increasingly impressive fruiting bodies. It takes from a few days to a week or more to go from pinhead to full maturity, depending on the temperature.
On our web site we provide detailed instructions that guide you through the entire incubation, pinning, and fruiting process with ease!
The Phoenix oyster is grown and enjoyed widely all over the world. It has a complex, earthy flavor and delicate, slightly chewy texture that suit almost any style of cooking. The entire fruiting body, cap and stem, is good to eat. The flesh is more delicate and fragrant than the closely-related Pearl or Blue oyster mushrooms. That makes the Phoenix oyster less popular with commercial growers, so you don't see them as often in grocery stores. That makes growing, harvesting, and cooking them at home at their peak a really special experience.
The amount of edible mushroom a kit can produce depends, in part, on how massive it is. Our kit makes a full, industry-standard 6 pound substrate block, which can produce as much as 1.5 pounds over several flushes. A kit weighing half as much can only produce about half as much.
Starting the process from scratch and providing the heavy stuff yourself - the water and coffee grounds - saves over three pounds of shipping weight. Over thousands of units shipped, that saves a lot of fuel. We think about that kind of thing a lot, because we strive to produce only environmentally-sustainable products that enhance life and learning. Join us for a great mushroom-growing adventure!
Why Do We Call It Hantana Phoenix?
The Phoenix Oyster grows and is cultivated all over the world. Our strain originated on our farm, which we call Hantana. We discovered this oyster mushroom in the woods here and domesticated it. Hantana Phoenix has been a hit ever since we introduced it through local farmers' markets in early 2010.
What’s New About the Kit?
The latest version of our flagship mushroom-growing kit is now less expensive and better for the environment. We introduced a new mixing method that requires one less polystyrene bag, and the packaging has been reduced to a simple kraft paper bag. It includes a single sheet of easy quick-start instructions instead of the detailed booklet, and the rest of the information is on our web site. These changes reduce costs, materials, shipping weight, and make your mushroom growing experience as fun and earth-friendly as possible. The best value in mushroom kits just got better!
Questions? Check out the complete growing instructions on our website, or contact us through the menu bar above.
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Posted by Carol on 18th Jun 2015
My husband and I were given this kit as a Christmas present from friends. It is very, very dry in our house during the winter so I waited until late spring to send for the spawn. By that time I had totally lost the instruction booklet that came with the kit. No problem, the customer service for this product was AMAZING!! Owen personally answered every question I had and even gave extra hints. I not only grew beautiful, big mushrooms but I feel like I have new friends at The Imaginary Farmer. I would definitely do this again. It has been super easy and super, super fun!
Posted by Susanne Dufek on 13th May 2015
i'm a NewBe to all of this- Assembly was super easy and quick! I saw my baggy coming to live with in not even 24 hrs, , I have also ordered Golden Enoki and Elm Oyster, both of those sprung to live just as quick! I wished the other two kits had awesome video clips like for this kit on youtube. Particularly for someone being a beginner at this it is hard to know if you are on the right track or not. What is supposed to look like what in real live to know your kit really is ready to be set up for fruiting and so forth. I enjoyed the three clips for this one, I hope you guys make more-it would REALLY help.
I had ordered 2 portabella Kits from a different provider and am NOT happy, I followed the instructions to a T (as well as I could since they were even less clear than the ones for,these kits. The first box stopped in the myceliumstage and eventually just turned in to Mold, so I disgarded it in to my Compost. The second one seems to come along ok, at least I think as I have no photos no clips at all to compare.
To me, these kits are great, clean, super easy and very affordable, fast delivery!!! So far this is the best provider, 2 other ones have let me down wether quality or service wise.
Posted by Kim on 31st Jan 2015
The little guys are pinning and growing into their initial "stalk" like phase, but I'm not having much luck with them fanning out like in the pictures/videos. I'm in a dry, winter climate so my conditions could be improved upon, I'm sure. We will definitely keep working with the fellas, and return to the site when we are ready for more spawn. I'm anxiously waiting to see if the Elm variety will "blossom" as they are only now starting to emerge!
Upon ordering the product, the "contact us" support were prompt to reply to questions. The shipment was prompt and well wrapped. I'm confident in the company and product.
Posted by Unknown on 4th Aug 2014
I placed an order on Sunday and within a few hours, had a personal email from Owen with concerns with the weather for my area and delivery. After this was worked out, I promptly got my order and within 48 hours of starting the kit, I saw "signs of life". I am happy to report that I should be seeing mushrooms soon! I am very pleased with the excellent customer service and progress of my kits! Thank you!!
Posted by Carolyn on 12th May 2014
The kit arrived in the time frame promised. Well packaged and everything was clearly marked. The assembly was very easy. Now here come the tricky part...! The enclosed booklet was very inadequate not helping me to know if was on "track". The photos were lacking because they were in black and white, so you really had very little use for the photos. Some tips were very to utilized...others not so. More photos needed to emphasize the growth stages. Presently, the oyster mushrooms have flushed twice. The first flush of mushrooms looked strange unlike any I have grown. The second flush looks a little strange to me as well.
The Shitakes' are slowly making progress. Just two growing mushrooms on one side and a bump on another side. Help
Posted by E.s. Ron on 3rd Jan 2014
Not as straight forward as we thought. Produced some mushrooms but the experience was not worth it. Will not purchase another kit.
Posted by Unknown on 4th Nov 2013
Very healthy well inoculated mushrooms. They are growing like crazy! Best price, value and a superior product. These guys are second to none! Will definitely buy here again!!
Posted by Narda on 21st Sep 2013
I grew these mushrooms with great success! I got a bounty of them and could enjoy them prepared in a variety of ways.
It was a lot of fun following the growth from start to finish! I recommend this kit if you have never tried to grow your own mushrooms before.
Posted by cj smith on 7th Jun 2013
Quick and professional handling of the order, package arrives fast and looks great.
Recipient really likes the novelty of the idea and is very excited about growing their own mushrooms.
I rated it a 4 instead of a 5 since we have not started the process yet and I can not tell you how easy it is or how well the mushrooms grow.
Posted by Kirk. on 27th May 2013
What a beautiful mushroom !!I gave my first harvest to a local fine dining restaurant And the chefs face lit up. He put them on the menu that night and they sold out half way through the night. These kits are easy and fun. And they incubate faster than any thing I've tried. Thanks imaginary farmer, you have a long time customer.
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