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Mushroom growing in Zimbabwe: which type to grow?


Which type of mushroom should I grow? This is a question many people ask themselves before they venture into mushroom growing in Zimbabwe. It was a choice between button and oyster, but that’s a thing of the past starting from now going into the future as Mushtella is out to revolutionise the mushroom industry in many ways.

One of the ways is the introduction of new types of mushrooms and also increase variety within one type of mushroom. As an example:shiitake- there are a number of strains available throughout the world which have different shades and growing parameters and many other factors. Mushtella’s first step is to bring in new types and then others factors later. Mushtella is also looking at partnering with mushroom farms to increase these types. There are costs involved in importing and then doing further research and development, Mushtella seeks technical and financial partners to achieve this.

We have introduced the following types and strains:

Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)
Hericiu erinaceus
Volvariela volvacea
King oyster
Golden oyster

We will introduce the following before the end of the year:

Ganoderma lucidum
Agaricus birtoquis (warm weather button)
And many others

We are introducing mainly types we had like to grow, however we will import other types as per growers request bearing in mind the afore mentoned partnerships.

In an effort to revolutionise the industry we are giving free spawn to all existing growers for them to try out. Yes you heard me right we are giving out free spawn. May growers note that such spawn will be given when we have excess capacity and prior notice has to be given, also note that Mushtella reserves the right to refuse to give such spawn and we will stop the offer at any time without notice.

Here is a chance for you to start growing other types.

Mushtella is also giving consultancy in the production of these mushrooms. If you are new in the industry do your research before choosing which type to grow, those already in the industry know the market better.

Mushtella also sells kits, currently we sell kits for the following:

Oyster (pleurotus ostreatus)
King oyster (pleurotus eryingii)
Golden oyster (pleurotus citrinopleatus)

Happy mushroom growing zimbabweans.

Mushtella’s products and services


We have a wide range of products and services basically we do and have anything that relates to mushrooms, if we don’t have it in stock then we will fnd it for you.

The following is a list of some of our products and services.

Trainning :
Due to challenges in organising groups we no longer train unless if you organise a group of not less than 10 people.

This is given for all types of mushrooms,simply tell us what you need and leave the rest to us. From growing to marketing. Consultancy also available for setting up mushroom laboratories.

We have high quality basic substrate and special formulations can be done according to client’s specifications.

We have spawn for oyster mushrooms, shiitake mushroom and other specialty mushrooms. We sell button spawn that we sauce from other laboratories. We have different coloured strains especialy for oyster mushrooms. We do not stock spawn,spawn is made on order.

We sell oyster mushroom kits,please note that we do not stock kits.

We have specialy made disinfectant for mushroom farms, keep away contamination.

Various mushroom growing inputs:

Laboratory equipment and requisites:
Pressure cokers,pressure sterilisers,agar agar,testtubes,petri dishes and etc

If its not on this list then we can find it for you.

We look forward to do business with you.

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