FAQ Thuis zelf champignons en paddenstoelen kweken, paddestoel thuiskweekset, grow mushrooms, Champignons anbauen, cultiver de champignons

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  1. Where can I purchase a MyChampi mushroom cultivation container?
  2. Who is the MyChampi champignon cultivation container intended for?
  3. How should mushrooms be cleaned?
  4. What is the best way to store fresh mushrooms?
  5. The mushroom mould (mycelium) has not colonised the casing soil.
  6. Brown powder on the mushrooms and in the cultivation container.
  7. The stalks on the mushrooms are longer than usual.
  8. How come I have scaly mushrooms?
  9. Too few or no mushrooms are springing up in the cultivation container?


1. Where can I purchase a MyChampi mushroom cultivation container?

A MyChampi mushroom cultivation container can be purchased from the more upmarket gardening shops, garden centres, or DIY shops. There is most likely to be one in your neighbourhood. In addition to this, there are several mail order firms and web stores where the MyChampi cultivation set can be purchased.

2. Who is the MyChampi champignon cultivation container intended for?

The patented MyChampi cultivation system is intended for you or your children so that you can grow your own mushrooms easily and without much effort. The system comes with clear instructions for use, which can be followed step-by-step on a day-to-day basis. This way, everyone can use this system to grow his/her her own mushrooms.

3. How should mushrooms be cleaned?

First, cut off the hard tip at the base of the mushroom. It is best to then wipe the mushrooms clean with a small brush or clean cloth. Mushrooms absorb a lot of moisture quickly. It is therefore best not to rinse them with water because they immediately release the moisture again during preparation (for example, baking, frying or in a salad).
Tip: to brown mushrooms nicely, pre-fry them briefly on a high heat. This makes them look extra tasty and ready for further preparation in a dish.

4. What is the best way to store fresh mushrooms?

Mushrooms are best stored in a small container or paper bag in the fridge. This way, they can still be used up to one week after harvesting. If you store your mushrooms in a plastic bag, they are likely to sweat and become slimy. If you want to store them for longer, you can freeze them; however, you will first have to blanch them in scalding water.

5. The mushroom mould (mycelium) has not colonised the casing soil.

From day 1 up to and including day 4, the MyChampi cultivation system has to be sealed and put away at room temperature (20-22°C). This sealing and temperature is necessary in order to activate the mushroom mould. As you will read in the instructions, in the later phases, the culture and cultivation container have to be "open" and the temperature lowered again for an optimal result. If the temperature is too low during the first 4 days, the mushroom mould remains dormant and there will be no or a considerably slower mycelium growth in the casing soil. The patented MyChampi cultivation system is also designed for this purpose and if the instructions are followed correctly, this problem should not arise.

Solution: put the MyChampi cultivation system away at room temperature (20-22°C) again until the casing soil has colonised to just below the surface. Then follow the instructions again and you will still yield mushrooms.

6. Brown powder on the mushrooms and in the cultivation container.

Too much time has elapsed before harvesting the mushrooms so that the cap of the mushroom is starting to open. The brown powder that you see is the spores that the mushroom has released from its underside in order to propagate. The visible part of the mushroom is actually a sort of fruit or bloom that the mushroom mould uses to propagate itself. This is actually a sort of “blooming”, which is also visible with other fungi species.

Solution: harvest the mushrooms earlier so that they do not get the chance to “bloom”. It is not unusual to harvest mushrooms with a cap size of 3–5cm.

7. The stalks on the mushrooms are longer than usual.

Too high a C02 content or too high a temperature will cause the mushroom stalks to grow too quickly. The patented MyChampi cultivation system has been designed in such a way that the exact correct quanity of C02 is present in the cultivation container to ensure optimal growth of the mushrooms. Exceptional circumstances or if the instructions are not followed correctly can influence the quanity of CO2. It is possible that this can occur around or after the 3rd flush (harvest).

Solution: Insert more holes into the side of the carton box, or remove the carton box completely. In addition to this, place the MyChampi cultivation container in an area with a slightly lower temperature (17°C).

8. How come I have scaly mushrooms?

Mushrooms grow very quickly from tiny pinheads to harvestable size. They double in size in roughly every twenty-four hours. If the air humidity is not high enough, the outer skin of mushroom dehydrates, this means that it no longer has the elasticity to maintain the fast growth. As a result of this, the skin will tear, hence the formation of scales. The scale formation does not generally affect the edibility of the mushroom. The patented MyChampi cultivation system is designed such that an optimal air humidity prevails during the various cultivation phases. Obviously, exceptional circumstances or not following the instructions correctly will influence the air humidity.

Solution: refill the water reservoir of the MyChampi cultivation system with 100-125ml water and then re-seal the hole on the upper side of the carton box with the lid provided for this purpose. If necessary, you could also place the cultivation system in a slightly damper area. In particular, central heating in houses (low air humidity) accounts for the dry air, which is not only bad for people and plants, but also certainly for the cultivation of mushrooms, which in the final phase, require an air humidity of 85-93%.

9. Too few or no mushrooms are springing up in the cultivation container?

The patented MyChampi cultivation system automatically ensures that the most important factors for cultivation are optimal: the correct quantity of air humidity, the correct CO2 and O2 content. By following the instructions, the correct temperatures will be applied at the various times. Possible causes for no or too few mushrooms can be due to the following:

  • The instructions have not been followed correctly.
    • The casing soil has not been properly colonised”. Please refer to point 5. above "The mushroom mould (mycelium) has not colonised the casing soil”.
    • If you have harvested the 1st flush (harvest) of champignons and have not sprinkled water and/or filled the water reservoir; the casing soil can become so dehydrated that there will be no more flushes. You can try to produce additional flushes by sprinkling the casing soil with 125ml additional water once a day and fill the reservoir with 150ml water. If, however, the extent of dehydration of the casing soil is too great, this measure will also prove futile.
  • The use-by date of the MyChampi cultivation set has expired.
    Each MyChampi cultivation set has a sticker on it with the production date. Since the MyChampi only works with fresh components and since all the MyChampi cultivation sets undergo a special process, the shelf life is a at least of 2 months after the production date. When these 2 months have elapsed, the cultivation set will still work but with the passing of the time the performance of the cultivation set will gradually decline until all active components have dissipated and no more mushrooms are springing up.
  • Storing the MyChampi cultivation set at temperatures higher than 20°C.
    When the storage temperatures are too high, the shelf life of the MyChampi cultivation sets will be reduced because the ingrown mycelium continues to grow too quickly. This causes the active components to dissipate out of the system quicker. The shelf life of the MyChampi cultivation system can be extended by storing it at temperatures lower than 10°C.

 

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FAQ Thuis zelf champignons en paddenstoelen kweken, paddestoel thuiskweekset, grow mushrooms, Champignons anbauen, cultiver de champignons