Are you wanting to grow Reishi mushrooms? In accent times, the Romans once believed that Reishi mushrooms prolong life. They have been used in medicine for more than 2,000 years.
These medicinal mushrooms have been said they may improve the immune system, reduce stress, lessen fatigue, and help with medical conditions.
Unfortunately, these mushrooms are rare and can be hard to find, so it’s not always easy to get your hands on Reishi mushrooms. Good news—did you know you can grow these at home?
If you are wondering how to grow Reishi mushrooms, check out this article for the best advice to grow these mushrooms with a kit, so you don’t have to go on a hunt in the wild.
About Reishi Mushrooms
Reishi mushrooms are bright, white and grow an outer margin. When this fungus grows, the margins may change color and develop a shiny, tough skin.
These mushrooms grow on dying or dead eastern hemlock. Sometimes they grow on other conifers beginning in the latter part of May and grow throughout the early parts of fall.
These mushrooms are typically found in parts of the Northeastern United States but have been found in the Southwest U.S. They usually live on hemlocks and near water.
These mushrooms are polypores that have a large fruiting body with tubes and pores on the underneath.
You cannot eat these fungi unless they are broken down and powdered. All edible wild fungi must be cooked. You can then use the powder for cooking or in tea.
Benefits of Reishi Mushrooms
Reishi mushrooms are used for several health reasons including boosting the immune system and treating and preventing infections, and for other reasons. There is no solid scientific evidence to support these uses but other ways people use Reishi mushrooms include:
- Treating fatigue
- Lowering cholesterol
- Reducing inflammation
- Lowering blood pressure
- Stimulating the immune system
- Reducing inflammation
- Increasing stamina and strength
- Treating urinary tract symptoms
- Relieving stress
- Assisting with sleeping
Scientific research and human studies have found scientific evidence of its effectiveness. However, more tests and research studies are still conducted.
Researchers are starting to look at the chemical makeup of this fungus to understand how it treats these conditions and its effectiveness for each condition.
Using Reishi mushrooms may be riskier if you have low blood pressure, have immune system disorders, or if you are taking medications for diabetes and blood pressure. Talk to your doctor before taking anything new for health conditions.
How to Grow Reishi Mushrooms at Home
Growing Reishi mushrooms is one of the easiest of all the grow kits—and they are affordable. These mushrooms don’t need much upkeep and they are fun to watch grow. They do grow slowly, but they should have dramatic growth patterns in a year.
When you get your kit, open up the top of the bag. Then fill it with water. Let the kit soak overnight.
Remove the block from the wrapping and attach the dowels to the top. Put one at the top, one in the middle, and the others around the outside of the block to make sure the plastic resembles a tent, and leave this plastic on to help keep in the humidity in place.
Put your Reishi mushroom grow kit in a corner. Or, you can put it under a fluorescent light in your basement. Make sure you spray the block several times a day with water because the mushrooms like high humidity and damp conditions.
Reishi mushrooms grow best in humidity levels around 75-85 percent. Sunlight can actually dry out the mushroom in an enclosed space, so it’s best to avoid sunlight.
Make sure you keep adding humidity and water to the environment every day and give the mushrooms two months to show growth. When the Reishi mushrooms start having light brown dust, they are mature and can be harvested.
You can also put the wood pulp and Reishi in a glass bottle. The same as the other kit, keep the bottle beneath a fluorescent light in the basement. Spray water daily to keep the mushrooms damp and moist.
Then you can put the small log with Reishi fungus in a wood box. You should also leave this box in the basement and spray the mushrooms daily. Proper growth takes about six months.
You can harvest when the Reishi antlers are a few inches tall. You can let them grow longer to check out some interesting growth patterns as they start to twirl around themselves.
Once you have your mushrooms, it’s time to get them ready to reap the benefits. Are you wondering how to cook with them?
These mushrooms are bitter and woody. To taste a little better, they need to be harvested at a young age.
You can throw in a slice of two of dried Reishi in your soup like you would with a bay leaf. Soak the mushrooms overnight and remove from the water, then you can saute these mushrooms in salt, olive oil, and seasoning before adding to your soup.
You can also add it to tea. You will need to soak the dried mushrooms for about eight hours before using it.
You can also grill your Reishi mushrooms. Like any other preparation, you need to soak overnight first. Wrap the mushrooms in an aluminum foil bundle with the seasoning of your choice and throw them on the grill.
If this is your first time ingesting Reishi mushrooms, you should start with small amounts at a time. Wait to see how your body reacts before eating a normal portion size.
Ready to Grow Reishi Mushrooms?
As you can see, there are several health benefits from Reishi mushrooms. Now you know how to grow Reishi mushrooms with a kit, so you don’t have to go on a wild hunt to find them in the wild.
Want to try some other mushrooms? You have come to the right place. Check out our blog for more interesting information on other mushrooms or browse our other mushroom growing kits to enhance your mushroom collection.