Below are instructions on how to take care of your GIY Planters.
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Let the mycelium grow in the container for 4 days.
* Keep the planter indoors and avoid direct sunlight.
De-mold (gently) using gloves on the fourth day. Place your planter in a plastic bag, be sure to fill with as much air as possible so that none of the bag is touching the sides of the planter (except the bottom). Let it grow for one more day.
* This step give the material a slightly softer, overgrown appearance.
Take the planter out of the bag on the fourth day. Place on a baking sheet, if possible on an elevated rack. Let it dry for one day.
* Gloves are not necessary, but be gentle, your fingerprints and scuff marks may be permanent.
On the sixth day, bake the planter in your home oven, on convection if possible, at 200°F (93°C) for 1 hour, checking the planter every 15 minutes.
* This will prevent additional growth.
Poke or drill a small hole in the bottom of the planter to allow excess water to drain out. Now your planter is ready for a plant!
* Succulents or other small plants that don’t require a lot of moisture work best.
Over time the plant and moisture will slowly begin to breakdown the planter. When visible degradation occurs you can place entire pot in a new pot, breaking up the material slightly. The mushroom material planter will biodegrade over time and eventually become food for your plant. You can also break up the material and place in a compost.
If you would like to make more planters, clean all of your containers thoroughly and order more GIY material from Ecovative.
If you like, you can use the small portion cup that your removed earlier in step 2 for your plant. This way, you don’t have to compost your planter.
* You will not be able to make another planter unless you find another plastic portion cup similar in size.
Common mold species may contaminate the material if the workspace is not sufficiently cleaned before use. Should mold growth occur, dispose of contaminated material immediately and clean work surfaces and materials with soap and water.
Gloves are recommended to protect the Mushroom Materials from competing organisms and to keep hands clean, but the material is safe if it comes in direct contact with skin. Do not touch eyes while handling the material.
The kit is not intended to produce mushrooms, but mushroom growth can occur if the growth of the material is not completely stopped during a final drying step. Mushrooms can produce aerial spores, which are a potential allergen for those sensitive to fungi or airborne particulates.
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