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  • One Oyster Mushroom Growing Garden Kit from Back to the Roots
  • Three simple steps: open box, mist with water, harvest the crop
  • First crop in as little as 10 days; grows multiple crops
  • Fun for kids, families, foodies & chefs; makes a great gift!
  • Kit contains agricultural, plant-based organic waste products, oyster mushroom spawn (seed), and spray mister

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Everything you need to grow and harvest mushrooms in as few as 10 days

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  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 5 x 4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00CD0KZ78
  • UPC: 792382322046
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (363 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,097 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)
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118 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Pierce H. Thompson on March 27, 2012
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We have grown many mushroom kits with fabulous success, so even with the poor reviews, we bought this kit. Having followed the instructions exactly (soak 24 hours, mist twice or more daily) we got a great burst of little mushrooms. They grew, we misted. We misted and they dried up!
So, unwilling to throw $17.00 away, we read everything we could find on the web on Oyster Mushrooms. Then we cut 1/4 off the block and seeded a couple pounds of fresh, damp coffee grounds with the "seed".
We soaked the remainder for 48 hours This time we re-sealed the block in our vacuum sealer, cut an opening and covered the block with a clear plastic bag --placing it in exactly the same place in our kitchen. Mushrooms happened again! And again, even with the plastic bag serving as an incubator, they dried up.
Meanwhile, the mycellium in the fresh coffee grounds have taken off!
So, unwilling to give up, we resoaked the "Brick" and put in under a plastic cube. Mushrooms are forming again -- this time we think they will make it!
After much thought, it seems clear that some "bricks" of used coffee grounds are too compressed and dry to take on adequate moisture. We love the concept of re-use and think the developers of this product are on to something. The bricks are innoculated with ample spores, however the substrate at least in some cases is too compressed to have mushrooms survive -- even in a humid environment. If you try this kit, soak it for a long time and put it in a plastic cube or bell jar from the outset. Good luck!
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105 of 112 people found the following review helpful By J. F. Reinhard on January 10, 2012
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I purchased this as a gift for my wife for Christmas, we followed the instructions EXACTLY and after 10 days, we just got a lot of white mold - no mushrooms.

We contacted customer service (twice) since they state on the site that they guarantee their product. After 2 days, no response.

UPDATE: 1/15/12

Last Tuesday January 11, the company finally contacted me and said they were committed to customer service, would replace it if it was dead and could I please send pictures. So I sent pictures, and they told me it was still viable but just a "late bloomer" and to send pictures again on Tuesday, 1/17. If the kit still didn't show any mushrooms, then they'd send me a new kit.

Wouldn't you know it, yesterday morning the kit started showing significant signs of mushrooms after about 14 days, and today they're much bigger (and more of them).

So, at this point, I would say it's a ok kit, but I just think they need to revise their marketing materials and change the "mushrooms in as little as 10 days" part. I was VERY close to throwing it away - twice.

Bottom line, be patient. If you get this kit and you don't have any luck, email the company with pictures of your kit(feedback@backtotheroots.com). They probably won't get back to you the next day, but hopefully they will within a few days.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Marie Acton on February 6, 2012
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I received this as a Christmas gift and was delighted. I followed directions EXACTLY - presoaking, misting, temperature range correct, lighting correct. No mushrooms ever appeared from the "front" of the box - several stems tried to grow from the covered sides, withered and died. I harvested one mushroom from "side one." As directed, I repeated the presoak, misting, etc on the second side of the box, with the same results.... nothing from the "back", but several stems weakly tried to grow from the sides, withered and died. One mushoom harvested from that side as well - not a cluster - a single mushroom. I'm so appreciative for the thoughtfulness of the gift givers, but extremely disappointed that the kit was a complete failure. Don't waste your money.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joon Y. on June 7, 2012
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We brought the mushroom kit and followed the instruction to the letter and kept it in a damp place and away from direct sun light. After 10 days we got some budding and then the mushrooms stop growing. Kept misting twice a day throughout the process and now it's been two and a half weeks and the mushrooms started dying. We are very disappointed and will avoid purchasing the product in the future.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By grandpa on October 5, 2011
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I followed the simple directions and within 5 days there were pin heads peaking up. After afew more days (4 or 5), There was a flush of mabe 20 on one side and a small flush just across the "window". It was looking very good and getting misted twice a day. On about the seventh day the growth stopped, the caps on the larger ones, about 1" diameter, began to crack around the margins. The entire flush became hard. I cut the large and small flush off, started again soaking it in water overnight to try for a second flush. This is not my first kit and I had a couple of good flushes from that first one. I will updade my review after this second try at getting a flush of Oysters from this box.
After the failure of the first flush, I let the box rest for about 10 days. I followed directions again soaking overnight, cutting the slits on the opposite side and began spraying twice a day. There were pinheads after the 4th day. The shrooms grow quickly and within few more days there was a small but nice flush of Oysters. My wife and I sauted them and they were delecious. The bulk of the bag is now broken into smaller pieces and blended into our compost of leaves grass and straw. Hope the mycelium gets established in the compost.
I revised the three stars to 4 stars, based on the second flush. I believe the failure of the first flush was mostly failure on my part and not the product. The mushrooms are fun to grow and educational for young and old. I plan on ordering more kits as Christmas presents.
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