Archive for September, 2011

oyster mushroom growing experiences


Today I had like to share with you my experiences in south Korea when I went there for training, in the
picture you will see that the bags that this farm are quite small to what most of us growers here in
Zimbabwe know or practice, such small bags achieve high yields as compared to our big bags, The bags in
South Korea are standardized (one thing we lack here) the diameter is usually 14-15cm, substrate (ww) is 1kg.

What struck me was one farm that harvest only one flush and throw all the bags away (this is due to high costs High costs the farm incurs) they can’t afford the second flush, substrate is made such that the first flush is heavy and  subsequent flushes are insignificant even if they were allowed.

From the picture you can see that that mushrooms in the basket are very small (high quality) such
mushrooms have a long shelf life, better in taste- mushrooms are graded usually in t trtree grades, the honest truth is that what most growers sell here is not sellable in Korea and other countries as the mushrooms are too big and have a poor taste.

one thing I had like to high light is the use of black bags and transparent ones, its best to use black bags for
reasons I cant give details here, but its important to have a few transparent bags to allow the grower to see
what is happening inside, this allows the grower to see growth rates, contamination and it allow s the grower
to learn a lot on the behaviour of mushrooms.

Most growers in Zim are familiar with hanging bags, there are many ways that can be used, as in the image
that farmer stack bags on the shelves.

I hope the image will tell more stories than the ones I have high lighted.

happy mushroom growing!!!!!!!!!!!!oyster mushroom

Mushtella Bulawayo trip


I travelled to Bulawayo to meet a few growers and promote our various products mainly spawn, the trip was
Was an eye-opener for me personally. There is potential in Bulawayo, one of the challenges is lack of support  from the responsible authorities. I would like to salute Agritex Bulawayo for a wonderful work they are doing  in that region. I saw button mushrooms on the shelf but did not see any oyster mushrooms anywhere and I  am told oyster mushrooms are in short supply that side.

I am not going to write much on this blog as far as the trip is concerned, I am going to be posting on the
Zimbabwe Mushroom Industry blog (, as most of the subjects are to do with the whole industry rather than to us as a private company

keep growing, be professional and keep it profitable.

follow us on twitter and facebook


For those who cannot frequently visit our blog we will now be posting relavant infomation on our facebook group, posts made on face book will be different from those made on this blog, for new offers and developments keep visiting our blog or facebook group you can also follow us on twitter

Free client follow up on our clients


We value you our clients hence we are launching the “client follow up” initiative this is a free service we will be  offering to all our clients to hear what they have to say with the performance of or spawn, we will give our  expert advise on getting the best results with our spawn, we are also working to continue improving the quality of our products and how we can give you the best service. Our expert will make at least one visit to all  clients per month in Harare and once in two months for Bulawayo other towns and cities special arrangements  will have to be made.

For this reason Mushtella will have to maintain a certain number of clients so join us before the opportunity  close on you. We had like to know all our clients personally so that we can give the best advise so that your
business can be profitable. “Your success is ours”

Mushtella goes to bulawayo


Nyasha Mupaso will be travelling to Bulawayo to meet growers (7&8 September 2011).  Mushtella is offering Bulawayo   mushroom farmers oyster mushroom spawn at competitive prices. Spawn is $3/kg that cost includes freight. The deposit system remains applicable on all orders .for those who want to collect in Harare the price is $2-50 /kg .May all customers note that orders must be 30 kgs and above orders below 30 kgs will be accepted on condition that freight will be charged separately. We understand that our clients face challenges and to help our clients overcome challenges Mushtella will send a consultant to Bulawayo every two months for follow up visits this is a free service to all our clients.

mushroom magazine in Zimbabwe


We are glad to be launching a mushroom magazine in the month of October (1 October 2011), The magazine
will have news on the industry which will be relevant to all growers and those who intend to get into the
industry. To make the magazine more exciting we are calling on growers to contribute articles, news items
relevant to the industry or any upcoming conferences or meetings, we will gladly publish them. This will be a
free electronic magazine.

We believe this is an important development for mushroom growers in Zimbabwe, where there is no single mushroom magazine, we hope all stakeholders in the industry will cooperate on this important development, we also hope this will bring about unity among growers and spawn suppliers in the country.

if you would like to subscribe, email to with the word subscribe in the subject line, we will put you on our mailing list.

whatever you do keep it profitable.

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