REQUIRES 60F TEMPS AND 90% HUMIDITY
Maitake bags follow similar rules as most of our mushrooms. Keeping the maitake bags in a 60-62F grow room with 80-90% humidity is ideal. The maitake bag breathes best when CO2 levels are kept between 800-1000ppm. Upon receiving the maitake bag, pins may already be formed. If none are present, give the maitake bag 3 to 7 days. Select 1 to 3 of the largest pins, and cut holes around them. The excess plastic of the maitake bag can be rolled or folded down. Typically, the more holes that are cut, the smaller the resulting maitake mushroom. Growers will need to decide if they want single 2lb clusters or four half pound clusters off a maitake bag.
Harvesting is easy for maitake bags. Simply wait until the clusters of maitake large and leafy. The individual petals should be flat and wide. Brown and tan are good indicators of healthy, ready to pick maitake. Waiting too long will cause the maitake mushroom color to fade to a more pale beige, as well as becoming damp (almost water logged). With Maitake mushrooms being such a high dollar mushroom, the grower will have to balance potential profits vs. customer satisfaction. As growers wait to pick, weight and poundage increase as the quality will decrease. The art of a successful maitake bag harvest comes from knowing exactly when to pick.