Mushroom cultivation supplies are a must-have for cultivators of all experience levels. From the basics of substrate preparation to the more advanced tools for monitoring the growth and fruiting stages of your project, having a fully-stocked toolkit is essential for successful mushroom growing.
A sterilizer is a non-negotiable for any grower, as proper sanitation is the cornerstone of a workable mycology lab. A basic steamer is the cheapest, most accessible option, but for more intensive applications there are more specialized models available.
For tasks that require a delicate touch, a scalpel is a must. This tool allows you to move mycelium from Petri dishes or grain spawn with precise precision. It can be purchased individually or as part of a dissection kit, which bundles a number of essential tools into one convenient package. A sharp knife or scissors is also a must for cleanly cutting agar, or harvesting mature mushrooms.
Proper storage is an important consideration for preserving culture materials and harvested mushrooms. Keeping a well-stocked supply of sterile bags, airtight containers, and silica packets on hand will help you preserve your projects for longer. A refrigerator or dehydrator is also a useful tool for long-term storage of cultures, spore prints, and syringes. A freezer is another option for storing frozen spore prints and syringes, but it can take a while to reach the freezing point. If you aren’t comfortable using a freezer, you can often find a specialized mycology fridge for sale at local feed or farmer supply stores.