Mushroom fruiting chambers are enclosed areas where growers create artificial environments that favor the growth of different species of mushrooms.
Fungi are needed to produce mushrooms naturally from mycelium. Diverse species of mushrooms require different conditions. The type of mushroom that you want to grow will determine how the fruiting chamber is designed.
A consistent product of high-quality mushrooms requires ideal growth conditions. Fruiting chambers are perfect places to create such conditions. A functional fruiting chamber needs to have the right temperature, lighting, humidity, and CO2 levels required to grow high-quality mushrooms. Humidifiers, fans, heaters, and most-retaining walls are used to stabilize these conditions inside fruiting chambers.
Types of Mushroom Fruiting Chambers
Small-scale mushroom growers commonly use the monotub type of fruit chambers. Growers design the monotub fruit chamber by partially filling a large plastic container with a substrate. The container has holes drilled around the sides for ventilation. The monotub fruiting chamber is perfect for beginners since they only need to set it and forget it. Monotubs are small and not ideal for large scale mushroom growers.
Martha Fruiting Chamber
A Martha fruiting chamber is another ideal choice for small scale growers. It is made up of a collection of shelves covered with plastic sheeting. It is slightly bigger than the monotub type but not big enough for farmers who grow mushrooms on a large scale.
Mushroom growers who want to start growing on a large scale will find the hydroponics tent useful. This type of fruiting chamber has a larger capacity, unlike the monotub or the Martha fruiting chambers.
Wood Frame with Plastic Sheeting
This type of fruiting container is built using a wooden stud frame. Plastic sheeting is used to cover the frame stud frame to allow heat to build up inside. The downside of this fruiting chamber is that cleaning the plastic sheeting is harder than rigid walls.
Fridge Panel Grow Room
This grow room is built using an insulated fridge panel. You just need to recycle refrigeration shipping containers to create an efficient fruiting room.
Commercial mushroom production requires bigger fruiting containers. You can use trailers, concrete rooms, or tents to create fruiting chambers. High-tech fruiting chambers are not necessary for growing quality mushrooms. The environmental condition is all that matters if you want to harvest quality mushrooms.
A growing container should be placed in a clean, controlled area, no matter how big or small your mushroom production is. When designing your chamber, make sure it is easy to clean. You don’t have to make it sterile. Regularly cleaning reduces contaminants such as mold since the environment is moist. Mushroom growers should avoid bacteria and fungi since they contaminate mushrooms.
Mushroom fruiting chambers are usually wet and humid. It is recommended that you set the fruiting chamber on a concrete floor with a nearby drainage system. Otherwise, the dampness will damage the drywall, carpet, or wood that is found nearby. The damage happens gradually, so it’s not easy to notice. Mushrooms take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide, therefore, ensure that the chamber is adequately ventilated. There should be ample space for air circulation.
There you do with all the facts you need to know about the different types of fruiting chambers. It’s your choice to use them to choose the right one that suits your mushroom farming needs.