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How To Grow Mushrooms In South Africa?


Mushrooms are a favorite of many South African households, but they can be expensive to buy in stores. Instead of shelling out money every time you want mushrooms for dinner, why not try growing them yourself? Growing mushrooms is surprisingly easy and will save you a lot of money over time. This article will discuss how to grow mushrooms in South Africa.

What Do You Need?

Before you start the process of growing your own mushrooms, there are some things that you need to have on hand:

  • Mushroom spawn (this comes in a variety of forms such as sawdust, grain or plugs)
  • Substrate (the material used by the mushroom to grow – this could be straw, wood chips or composted manure)
  • Containers (plastic buckets with holes drilled into them work well)

Once these items have been collected it’s time to get started!

The Process

Step 1: Prepare the Substrate- The substrate should be soaked for 24 hours before use and then boiled/steamed until it reaches an internal temperature between 55-65 degrees Celsius.

Step 2: Fill Containers- Fill containers with steamed substrate and allow it cool down slightly before adding mushroom spawn.

Step 3:Add Spawn – Add mushroom spawn evenly throughout the container making sure each piece is covered with substrate so as not to dry out.

Step 4: Place Container – Place containers in dark area with temperatures between 15-20 degrees Celsius which should promote optimal growth conditions.

Step 5 : Harvest Mushrooms – After about 10 days your first crop should begin appearing; harvest when cap has opened fully. Depending on strain chosen yields may last up two months if managed properly.


With just five simple steps one can easily learn how to grow their own mushrooms at home in South Africa! Not only does this save money but also results in fresh produce right from your backyard!

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