How to Grow Portobello Mushrooms: The Appropriate Way To Do It At Your Home


What Is Portobello Mushroom?

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Portobello Mushrooms are delicious mushroom and usually used in salads, soups, casseroles, omelets, sautéed mushroom and best with the burger. They are large brown mushroom and have dark, exposed gills and can grow from 4-6 diameters.

Not only are they very delicious, they’re also low in calories, nutritious and very healthy. This is perfect for people maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle but still want a meaty and tasty meal. The fresh mushroom from groceries can be expensive, so why not try growing one?

Portobello And Portabella Mushroom: What Is The Difference?

They are not exactly different. It depends on who you are talking to. Portobello mushroom is also called Portabella in some places. Even if you check it out on the internet, you will be confused and end up searching the difference, but they are the same species.

Portobella and Portobello mushroom are larger and mature forms of Crimini mushrooms which are 3-7 days older. They are also called “field mushroom” because they are usually found in field and grassy areas. They have different names in different places, but they are the same species. Portobello mushroom is often sold as “Baby Bella.”

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Nutrition Facts of Portobello Mushroom

These mushroom are nutritionally dense and delicious. The reduced moisture concentrates and enriches flavor to create a dense, meaty texture. It is rich in different vitamins and minerals that our body needs in everyday activities such as:

  • Low in fatty acids and cholesterol; rich in fiber
  • Superior source of copper and vitamin D
  • Offers 3 important b-complex vitamins
  • Riboflavin – for maintaining healthy Red Blood Cells.
  • Niacin – for skin and healthy functioning of digestive as well as nervous system.
  • Pantothenic Acid – which releases energy from the fats and carbohydrates of the food you eat.
  • Contains more potassium than a banana.
  • Balancing of fluids and minerals in the body.
  • Contains Selenium that helps to detoxify our body from different cancer-causing compounds

How to Grow Portobello Mushrooms on Your Own?

Yes, you’ve read it right! You can grow Portobello Mushroom on your own and just in your house! It will help you to save money while still having an enjoyable meal.

1. Buy a Complete Handy Kit

When growing Portobello mushroom, the easiest thing to do is to buy your handy kit . It is perfect for beginners. It comes with a complete set of the things you need and requires almost lesser effort to grow them. All you have to do is to open the box and moisten them regularly.

You must put your mushroom kit in a dark and cool area preferably with 60-80 degree Fahrenheit.You must also maintain the proper temperature and moisture level. Here’s a tip, It doesn't necessarily need sunlight to flourish. You will begin to see them grow in just 7-10 days. So fun and easy!

2. Growing Them by Spores

This is a little challenging than the first one. But if you are a gardener and doing it as a hobby, this is perfect for you. You can grow portobello mushroom indoor or outdoor.

You can buy mushroom spores from gardening stores or online, or get own spores for free with making spore prints method. Spores is how a mushroom starts to grow. Growing mushroom by spores takes a lot of effort than the first one. It is much recommended to grow portobello mushroom indoor so you can have control in the environment. You must prepare all the things needed first and simply follow the instructions carefully.

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Two Ways to Grow Portobello Mushroom by Spores

Growing Portobello Mushroom Indoor

You will need several things like:

  • Spores
  • Growing tray (8 inches deep)
  • Soil
  • Fertilizer
  • Dark room with 60-70 degree Fahrenheit

Steps by steps:

  • 2. Sprinkle at least 2 cups of dried spores and mix it gently with the soil.
  • 4. Water it lightly, just enough to keep it moisturized.
  • 5. Put it in a dark area with 60-80 degree Fahrenheit.
  • 6. Wait for 10-20 days to harvest. Allow it to grow and mature at least 5 diameters.

Growing Portobello Mushroom Outdoor

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Things you need:

  • Spores
  • Raised bed
  • Fertilized Soil
  • Compost and other fertilizer
  • A comfortable place for your mushroom

Steps by steps:

  • 2. Fill it using your fertilized soil and partially decomposed fertilizers.
  • 3. Sprinkle the spores on the bed and press down firmly.
  • 4. Cover the bed with 2 inches layer of peat moss.
  • 5. Water it well but just enough. Not soak and not too dry. Just enough to keep it moisturized.
  • 6. Check the temperature of the area. It must be around 60-70 Fahrenheit.
  • 7. Wait for few weeks and allow it to grow and mature at least 5 diameters before harvesting

Tips and Tricks to Remember:

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Tip #1:

Use the right kind of water. Chlorine water is not applicable to use for mushrooms. You can use tap water, but you preserve it overnightm so the remaining chlorine will dissolve. Purified and Distilled water are the best choice. Do not forget to water your plant twice a day.

Tip #2:

You can cover the growing tray with newspaper, so it will be more moisturized. Just change the newspaper and check it regularly. If you see whiteheads growing, remove the newspaper but still keep it moisturized.

Tip #3:

If you are growing the mushroom indoor, you can move it from one place to another based on what it needs. Just like a human being, the plant also needs proper care, so they will grow happily.

Tip #4:

Temperature can affect the whole growing process of your mushroom. So, make sure to have the right temperature they needed.

Tip #5:

You can use a thermometer to have the right and consistent temperature that your mushroom needs. Not too high and not too low, just the right prescribed temperature which is 60-80 Fahrenheit.

Tip #6:

The fruiting cycle will begin, and it is very important for the mushroom to have a stable moisture and temperature for them to grow maturely. Introducing your mushroom to a cooler temperature and fresh air will be a big help for their growth.

Tip #7:

Growing it indoor makes you have control in everything. From surrounding to temperature and environment. You can check it as often as you like.

Tip #8:

By growing portobello mushrooms on your own, you can save a lot especially if you are a mushroom lover like me! I love to have mushrooms in almost all recipes that fits it.

10 Best Portobello Mushroom Recipes

How to Grow Portobello Mushroom

After harvesting your Portobello Mushrooms, what do you do with them? Of course, we will enjoy eating these because it's the taste of success! It is more delicious and tastier because you worked hard for it.

Just make sure to clean them properly and remove the dirt under the mushroom cap. Although it is edible, sometimes it does affect the taste of your food. Here are some recipes where you can use portobello mushrooms in your cooking. Relax and Enjoy!

  • 1. Portobello Mushroom Burger
  • 2. Easy Portobello Mushroom Saute
  • 3. Portobello Penne Pasta Casserole
  • 4. Grilled Portobello Mushroom
  • 5. Portobello Sandwiches
  • 6. Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushroom
  • 7. Grilled Portobello with Basil Mayonnaise Sandwich
  • 8. Savannah’s Best Marinated Portobello Mushroom
  • 9. Italian Chicken Sausage Stuffed Portobello
  • 10. Portobello Pot Pie


In conclusion, growing Portobello Mushrooms has a lot of benefits. It is not just only for people who do gardening as a passion but also for people who want to start a new hobby and will eventually be passionate about it.

It has a lot of health benefits as well as different vitamins and minerals that our body need in our daily activities. This is a perfect substitute for meat, perfect for people who are on a strict diet plan.

For all mushroom lovers like me, this tutorial is very efficient so you can save money from buying fresh but expensive Portobello Mushroom in stores and groceries. It is important to know different alternatives for your needs where you can save a lot. As a gardener by passion, it is satisfying to see your plant grow day by day. It is overwhelming eating it since you worked hard for taking care of it.

Did you have fun reading and doing our tutorial for Portobello Mushroom? I hope you do! If you have any suggestion regarding this tutorial, please do leave a comment below. What do you suggest for our next tutorial? I’m really excited to know! See you next time!

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