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Could you help with some doubts?
I am really struggling what kind of food source I could use for them.(any kind of saw dust, better finer or bigger or a whole wood) How clean they must be, does only pressure pan work? Does it have a simple method to bulk sterilize it? I have read about chemical sterilization, are they any worst?

@Gabiiel Thanks for the question, Gabriel! Food source can depend on what kind of mushroom you are growing. Many of our members like to start their spores on sterile brown rice husks and then let them colonize medium-sized woodchips.
Sterilization needs can also vary by species and growing chamber types. Things like oysters are often less picky and can fend for themselves, but some species need a very clean environment (1/2)

@Gabiiel both chemical and heat sterilization are effective, and it's really up to you what works better for your growing setup. A book we really like on mushroom cultivation is The Mushroom Cultivator by Paul Stamets, but there are many good online resources for growing fungi. You usually get better results if you search for specific growing instructions for the species you're interested in.

@MadisonMycologicalSociety one last thing
Near me the only source of lime, that is cheap, is with high magnesium The source I used said they are not good because it could slow the growth
Is it true?

@Gabiiel I am honestly not sure. I have never used lime in mushroom cultivation, but I would imagine that any additives with high mineral or nutrient content would affect mushroom growth. I would also be wary of consuming any edible mushrooms grown on high-mineral substrate, fungi can absorb metals and other substances from the material they grow on. Hope that helps!

@MadisonMycologicalSociety I guess I have most of my plan worked out
Will begin with pressure pan than try my alternatives
Thank you, really
I appreciate your answers

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