Fruiting bags are plastic bags filled and meticulously compressed with substrate — a mixture composed of the chosen medium where the mushroom will grow. For Sitio Pactil, filling bags are filled manually using bare hands with cocodust.
Mushroom spawn can be made using different materials. Some use corn, rice, and other types of seeds to be used as carriers of the mushroom tissue. Mushroom spawn is added to the fruiting bag during inoculation.
A mushroom house can be in a form of a cabinet, a small room, or an actual building just like in Sitio Pactil. Mushroom houses should have enough space, air, and kept very clean with just the right temperature in order to ensure a bountiful harvest.
MUSHROOM PRODUCTION IN 4 STEPS
ONE | FILLING OF FRUITING BAGS
Fruiting bags are the medium in which mushroom is grown. Filled with substrates or any natural waste such as cocodust or sawdust, fruiting bags are packed and filled with the chosen substrate. For Sitio Pactil, its coco dust from Trinidad, Benguet.
TWO | COOKING & INCUBATION
Once filled with Coco Dust, fruiting bags are cooked in high temperature for 5-6 hours. After this, they are placed and incubated for a whole month.
THREE | PLACING OF BAGS
After incubation, the mushroom sperm is placed on a small opening of the fruiting bag. The bags are hanged in a wall inside a room of a certain temperature to ensure maximum yield.
FOUR | WAIT!
After a month of preparation, the only thing to do is WAIT. Mushroom sprouts by the hour with a incalculable number of yield. Each bag often lasts for 8-10 months, which will certainly keep the finances steady.
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