Growing Mushrooms in Colorado?

redhumusJuly 29, 2011

I've been studying botany a bit this season and am fascinated by fungi. My understanding is that they are somewhat difficult to grow and I'm curious what experience other Coloradoans may have had. It looks like you can do them in doors, but I don't have a ton of space. I think I'll try some oyster mushrooms in jars, but would like to know if anyone's had success with stumps outdoors.

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Dan Staley

I'm a mushroomer, was up last weekend shrooming (too early this year). I've grown them indoors. Here it is too hot in summer, so you want to do it over winter unless you have awesome insulation. Here, stumps outdoors are problematic without property for a couple appropriate trees for shade, the right stump, and a decent space for proper moisture (meaning not downtown). Since we don't know where you live we can't help in that regard.


    Bookmark   July 29, 2011 at 11:37PM
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My old memory is bad, but I seem to remember some years ago some one was going to start a commercial mushroom farm near Eaton. They were to use a "potato caller" since at that time all most every farm had one. I have no idea how it came out.
Greeley Tribune maybe in the 1950s ?????
Old man Kenny

    Bookmark   July 30, 2011 at 8:33AM
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david52 Zone 6

Linked is the website for Rakhra mushrooms, grown in the San Luis valley - for those not familiar with the place, its a high desert environment known for growing potatoes and migrating Sandhill Cranes .....

Anyway, clicking around the link gives some interesting stuff.

Not mentioned at the link, they collect chicken house litter, compost it themselves to sterilize it, then inoculate it for mushrooms. We can sometimes buy the used, "mushroom compost" for a couple bucks a bag at the local Safeway.

I also thought it was interesting that the company is owned and managed by a Sikh family, and many of their employes are from a single village in Guatemalans - just not something one would expect in the San Luis Valley. But then they also have alligator / tilapia farms there as well :-)

We buy and eat them all the time.

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   July 30, 2011 at 1:50PM
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Dan Staley

Yup we purchase their shrooms too. You can also find that mushroom precursor in older neighborhoods in lawns. The operation is sorta like a quonset hut design to keep the moisture moving. I prefer mushroom compost in the garden.


    Bookmark   July 30, 2011 at 8:22PM
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