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Last Updated on 9 April 2021 by Gertrude

Mushrooms aren’t easy to grow and oyster mushrooms aren’t picky so you can grow at home on your balcony/porch. 

Oysters are versatile in terms of temperature and climate like the shiitake mushrooms. 

Make Crazy Money Growing Oyster Mushrooms in Kenya [From Home]

On the DIY Network blog, you are shown how to grow mushrooms at home indoors, a step by step guide. 

There are various varieties of mushrooms to help you make money and they include: 

Shiitake mushroom is meaty and slightly smoky flavoured and can be used for soups and entrees 

Portobello mushrooms are used for bringing meatness especially to vegetarian entrees 

Porcini mushrooms woodsy flavour adds flavours to soups and pasta sauces 

Oyster mushrooms creamy and grey in size and has a velvet texture and a mild taste. It’s great for poultry, seafood and veal. 

Chantrelle mushrooms best in simple recipes, like the oyster it has a buttery flavour 

Chicken of the woods mushroom 

Morel mushroom for gourmet recipes has intense, nutty flavour and aroma 

Beech, they grow on tree beeches (crunchy, mild, sweet, nutty, flavour). This mushroom is great for stir-fries, sauces (fish and poultry)

Cremini mushroom has a meaty and earthy flavour 

Enoki mushroom has spaghetti-like stems. It’s has a fruity flavour and can be used on salads. 

Why are Mushrooms Loved?

Mushrooms are a good source of protein but some mushrooms are poisonous causing nausea. Dizziness, hallucinations, seizures and deaths. 

Where Do Mushrooms Grow

Mushrooms grow in a dark, cold, humid environment. 

That’s why you find people growing them in basements or under sticks.

 Mushrooms grow in temperatures between 55 and 60 degrees F. 

What are the Advantages of Mushroom Farming in Kenya?

  1. Mushrooms are a good source of protein 

2. They are easy to grow 

3. Mushrooms enable you a side hustle or full-time income 

Because not many Kenyan farmers embraced mushroom farming, after all, they can ”collect” mushrooms. 

You can easily become a millionaire mushroom farming. 

Kenyans keep realising the importance of healthy eating and mushroom as a meat supplement or a complementary dish.  

4. Mushrooms don’t require special attention 

You don’t need to stand by mushrooms unlike other crops like herbs. 

Mushrooms don’t require a lot of commitment so you can spare a few hours a week to check on the progress of your oysters or shiitake. 

5. Oyster mushrooms help keep the brains healthy 

6. Mushrooms have medicinal benefits. 

7. In Chinese medicine, they are used to treat cases of flu, colds.

8. Mushrooms control cholesterol and high blood pressure. With fast foods dominating the industries in Kenya, we know where this goes. 

9. No acres needed to begin mushroom farming. You can begin farming mushrooms to sell locally to your neighbours from your basement or kitchen sink. 

As long as you follow the guidelines for growing mushrooms, the oyster or shiitake, you won’t be disappointed. 

10. Mushroom is also known to enhance the immune system. 

Where Can You Sell Oyster Mushrooms in Kenya?  

There are numerous places you can sell your oyster or shiitake mushrooms in the Kenyan market and the places include:

The restaurants 

Target big restaurants that appreciate your high-quality mushrooms. 

Keep in mind that while selling to restaurants seem like a lucrative option, you may want to go big scale. 

Proven Ways of Selling Oyster Mushrooms for a Profit in Kenya 

  1. Distribute flyers 

You cannot rely on supermarkets to sell your mushrooms.

 The real cash is with the customers at home. 

Create flyers for distribution in your neighbourhood and online for customers to order your mushrooms from wherever they are in the country. 

2. Show the mushrooms in motion 

You cannot sell mushrooms to Kenyans easily because they say it’s available for free in the forest. 

Plus, some Kenyans don’t know what and how to cook mushrooms same as broccoli. 

So, create menus with mushrooms. Show what dishes go well with mushrooms.

You can make mushroom flour for those home chefs that love baking, then show them how to bake with mushroom flour.

As you teach your cooking classes, teach the importance and emphasise the importance of mushrooms.

The Kenyan market doesn’t want people with no emphasis – we don’t believe anything that’s not ugali or chapati flour.

Show how mushroom flour doesn’t fall short and can cook these Kenyan delicacies.  

You can make a milkshake, smoothies, foods with mushrooms. 

3. Begin a YouTube channel 

A YouTube channel will help you advertise not only the recipes to use mushrooms with but other healthy eating ideas and habits. 

Plus, you can show how to grow mushrooms in a variety of places like tree barks, logs, backyards. 

You can sell mushroom growing kits too for large scale farmers and small scale farmers including backyard mushroom growers. 

4. Start a blog about growing oyster mushrooms in Kenya 

A blog is a way of not only promoting your mushroom growing business but getting found by customers or mushroom enthusiasts.

 In the blog, like the YouTube channel, you can talk about growing mushrooms on a large scale, how you got started and why. 

What made you begin mushroom selling and what were you hoping to achieve. 

You can show everything on a blog as you would (with pictures, of course) on a YouTube channel. Blogs are thriving and more ones providing value.

Tips for Successfully Selling Plants Online in Kenya 

If you want to sell plants online in Kenya, the tips below will help you:

  1. You can tap the dirt for cheaper shipping costs or follow the instructions for shipping. 

Shipping or calculating shipping costs for selling plants online is challenging. 

Your plants are heavy so the shipping costs get shifted to the customers.

 To reduce shipping costs, pour the dirt out.  

Package well so that your products don’t arrive wilted or damaged. 

RELATED: Is SellinG Plants Online Profitable in Kenya? [Shipping Plants Explained]

2.  Have great customer service 

Before selling plants online, exercise great customer service, experience and satisfaction. 

When customers come to your shop, let them leave with all their questions answered. 

After receiving complaints from your customers about your shipping, for example, your mushrooms not arriving looking healthy or your packaging is awful, don’t go on deleting their comments

Accept you have a challenge in packing your mushrooms.

Ask your customers what would be the best way to package mushrooms. Then ask yourself, can I afford this method of packaging?

Can my customers afford the added cost of the packaging materials?

Are they loving it or raving about the packaging?  

Your customers know what they want, at least, some of them. 

Listen to them and when they see you improving on the quality of your products and services, they will recommend you to others. 

Do you know how powerful word of mouth marketing is?. 

3. Mind payment processing 

Because customers are shopping online for mushrooms, have you considered the payment method your customers must use? 

Kenyans fear shopping online because of fraud or scams. Walk them through the process of payment. 

Let it be easy, make your shop easy for your customers to access and especially that checkout process. 

Related: How to Make a CheckOut Process Easy for Your Kenyan Customers in Your Online Store 

4. Focus on your financial books 

Yes, as a business owner ensure you know the expenses going in the business.

 How much are you using to pay your staff, for instance?

 How much are you spending on taking extra classes to learn more about mushrooms? 

How much turnover do you expect in the business year 2020 -2021? 

RELATED: Simple Business Terms for Every Business Owner in Kenya to Master 

5. Keep your records 

Do you love keeping records of your business? 

Do you know what variety of mushroom you sold last year and what variety you are not selling this year? 

Records help you see the distance you travelled and what you aim to do. 

What were your goals for the business year 2020 and have you achieved these goals? 

If not, what and how do you intend on achieving those goals? 

RELATED: Why is Record-Keeping Important for Online Businesses? And What Record to Keep

Ask yourself how are the customers going to place their orders? Will it is pre-orders or will you research what sells first then sell that? 

6. What business model will you use? 

Selling plants isn’t a one of a lifetime opportunity. 

Plants grow, die or don’t mature. 

Farmers get new and bigger farms. 

Will you use the subscription model of business?

 Why and what are the advantages your customers have when they use the business model you love? 

7. Marketing 

You cannot skimp on marketing because you have a great product in the market. 

A business owner finds creative ways of raising awareness about their products to their customers. So, advertise your business on social media where your customers hang out. 

Choose one social media and master it, know everything about the social media you choose. 

RELATED: How to Know Which Social Media to Use When Selling Online in Kenya

8. Have a passion for gardening 

Do you love getting your hands dirty, your apron and hair?

 If you want your business to progress beyond the stormy earlier years of crops dying, you have to have a passion for changing lives with mushrooms and healthy eating. 

You’re building a brand so focus on your branding and brand 

Building a brand is crucial for every business owner. 

Just because you sell mushrooms doesn’t mean not paying attention to your logo, brand story, website. 

How will you stand out from the pack of mushroom growers?

 Your brand could distinguish itself by having a blog where you create educational content. 

Your branding needs to be seamless across every platform you are on. 

If your customer service is topnotch, let it be topnotch in the shamba, social media, blog – don’t confuse your customers. 

Let your story be consistent. 

Related: How to Sell Plants Online in Kenya (Complete Guide)

15 FAQs Answered on Oyster Mushroom Farming in Kenya

  1. How can I start mushroom farming in Kenya?

You can begin with mushroom spawns and a substrate (growing medium). Or you can buy mushroom growing kits. Or begin 

2. How much does it cost to start mushroom farming in Kenya?  

The cost is a few thousand shillings with most of the money going to the mushroom kit or buying of the spawns to hundreds of thousands of shillings depending on the size of your farm. 

3. How profitable is mushroom farming in Kenya?

Profitable because it’s easy to begin a mushroom farm. Mushrooms don’t need acres of land or big pieces of land. 

4. What is needed to start a mushroom farm in Kenya?

A mushroom kit or spawns. 

5. Which mushroom is the most expensive? 

It’s the white truffles that sell at over 220,000 shillings per kilo. 

6. Which mushroom is best to eat?

 The shiitake and oyster mushrooms are not only easy to grow but the best to eat. 

7. How much land is required for mushroom growing?

Not large you can grow mushrooms under the kitchen sink. You can begin mushroom farming from farming land less than an acre or 50 by 100. 

8. Can I eat mushroom every day? 

Yes, you can eat mushrooms daily. They are delicious and nutritious. 

9. How can you tell a poisonous mushroom? 

There is no definitive way of telling a poisonous mushroom so don’t pick mushrooms in the wild. 

10. Which mushroom is best for the immune system?

The best mushrooms for the immune system include shiitake, lion’s mane (I read lion’s mane is good for men’s libido).

11. Is mushroom farming easy?

Yes, it is if you are growing mushroom varieties like oyster and shiitake mushrooms. 

12. What do you call a mushroom farmer?

The farming of mushroom is fungi culture

13. How long does it take to grow oyster mushroom?

It takes 5 -8 weeks to grow oyster mushrooms. 

14. Can a mushroom grow overnight?

Yes, warm damp triggers the sudden appearance of mushrooms. 

15. How much does a mushroom spawn cost?

A spawn cost up to 2000 shillings or less a kilo. 

16. What value-added products can be made from mushrooms? 

 The value-added products you can make from mushrooms include mushrooms pickle, jam, sauce, candy, preserve, chips, instant soup mix, bakery products.

You can dry your mushrooms to get dry baking ingredients

Challenges of Mushroom Farming in Kenya  

What are the challenges mushroom farmers face in Kenya? The challenges oyster mushroom farmers face in Kenya include:

Poor mushroom storage after harvesting 

Lack of spawns 

Scarce education and knowledge of mushroom farming 

Not doing market research 

Lack of storage facilities for after production 

No way of dealing with mushroom diseases

Further Reading Resources on Mushroom Farming in Kenya and Gardening

How to Grow Mushrooms: The Ulitmate Guide (Grocycle.com)

How to Sell Plants Online for a Profit in Kenya 

What Plants Sell the Most Onlne in Kenya? 

Start a Herb Garden in Kenya and Make Profits 

Are you planning on becoming a mushroom farmer in Kenya?

Are you prepared to immerse yourself in books about mushroom and farming?

Do you know your market?

Have you identified a market for your mushrooms?

Where does your market hang out and why?

What are they saying about mushrooms in general, not just oyster mushrooms?


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