The correct temperature and humidity to grow edible mushrooms.

Updated: Mar 19

Temperature and humidity to grow mushrooms:


The amount of data that one is required to remember in order to become even mildly competent in mycology can seem overwhelming at first. It is often spoken of esoterically and is difficult to locate on your search queries. The fog of misunderstanding dissipates proportionally to the amount that your curious mind looks for answers. On that note, welcome my friends.



FYI: Fungi are categorized depending on the temperatures at which they thrive.



Psychrotolerent mushrooms thrive between -5 degree C and 28 degree C.

20 degree C is optimum for Psychrotolerant basidiospores.


Psychrophilic mushrooms thrive between 0 degree C and 20 degree C.

15 degree C is optimum for Psychrophilic basidiospores.


Thermotolerant mushrooms thrive between 4 degree C and 60 degree C.

38 degree C is optimum for Thermotolerent basidiospores.


Psychrophilic mushrooms thrive between 0 degree C and 20 degree C.

38 degree C is optimum for Thermotolerent basidiospores.


Thermophilic mushrooms thrive between 20 degree C and 60 degree C.

45 degree C is optimum for Thermophilic basidiospores.


Mesophilic mushrooms thrive between 4 degree C and 40 degree C.

25 degree C is optimum for Thermophilic basidiospores.


When it comes to most edible mushrooms we are interested in Mesophilic Basidiomycetes with (edible) fruiting bodies. Basidiomycetes are fungi whose spores develop in basidia (little sacs). Basidiomycetes include the majority of familiar mushrooms and toadstools. A basidiospore is a reproductive spore produced by a Basidiomycete fungi. This group includes mushrooms, shelf fungi, rusts, and smuts. Typically basidiospores each contain one haploid nucleus due to the process of meiosis. The fruiting bodies are the mushrooms themselves.We are interested in edible fruiting bodies that produce spores.

With all of that said. Here is a chart to answer the question:


What is the correct temperature and humidity to grow my edible mushrooms?




  • The Beech mushroom (Hypsizygus tessellatus) colonizes during incubation at 23°C and 97.5% Humidity


  • The Beech mushroom (Hypsizygus tessellatus) produces fruiting bodies at 19°C and 87.5% Humidity.


  • The Cordyceps Militaris mushroom colonizes during incubation at 23°C and 97.5% Humidity.


  • The Cordyceps Militaris mushroom produces fruiting bodies at 25°C and 60% Humidity.


  • The Enoki mushroom(Flammulina velutipes) colonizes during incubation at 23°C and 97.5% Humidity.


  • The Enoki mushroom (Flammulina velutipes) produces fruiting bodies at 14.5°C and 82.5% Humidity.



  • The Lion’s Mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) colonizes during incubation at 25°C and 97.5% Humidity.


  • The Lion’s Mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) produces fruiting bodies at 18.5°C and 90% Humidity.


  • The Maitake mushroom (Grifola frondrosa) colonizes during incubation at 23°C and 90% Humidity.


  • The Maitake mushroom (Grifola frondrosa) produces fruiting bodies at 15°C and 90% Humidity.


  • The Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus Ostreatus ) colonizes during incubation at 23°C and 85% Humidity.


  • The Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus Ostreatus ) produces fruiting bodies at 20°C and 87.5% Humidity.


  • The Portabello mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) colonizes during incubation at 22.5°C and 95% Humidity.


  • The Portabello mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) produces fruiting bodies at 24.5°C and 86.5% Humidity.


  • The Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) colonizes during incubation at 23°C and 95% Humidity.


  • The Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) produces fruiting bodies at 17.5°C and 80% Humidity.


  • The Shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes) colonizes during incubation at 23°C and 95% Humidity.


  • The Shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes) produces fruiting bodies at 18°C and 80% Humidity.














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