Group Title: Plant pathology mimeo report
Title: Mushroom growing in Florida
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Title: Mushroom growing in Florida
Alternate Title: Plant pathology mimeo report - University of Florida ; 54-1
Physical Description: 1 leaf : ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: West, Erdman, 1894-
University of Florida -- Dept. of Plant Pathology
Publisher: University of Florida, Dept. of Plant Pathology
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: ca. 1955
Copyright Date: 1953
Subject: Mushrooms -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Genre: government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Statement of Responsibility: Erdman West.
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General Note: "9/3/53."
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Bibliographic ID: UF00090255
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 261135024

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Plant Pathology Mimeo Report 54-1

Mushroom Growing in Florida

Erdman West

Wild mushrooms and toadstools are very co,-mon in Florida at all

seasons of the year. They are especially abundant during the warm humid

rainy season. Some are edible, some unwholesome and a few are deadly

poisonous. Distinguishing the edible kinds from the others requires special

training and can be done safely only by an expert. No popular books on the

subject are available for our Florida plants.

The abundance of wild forms inspires many people to want to grow

cultivated mushrooms in Florida. The requirements for the successful

accomplishment of this wish are very stringent. A number of attempts have

been made in Florida to grow cultivated mushrooms for personal use and on

a commercial scale. Very few of these have been successful for several

different reasons. First of all the materials necessary to make the compost

on which the mushrooms are grown are expensive to obtain in Florida. Usually

these must be shipped in from other states. Second it is impossible to main-

tain the necessary moisture and temperature conditions without using air

conditioning equipment which adds greatly to the expenses. Finally our

climatic conditions are such that fungous diseases and insect pests attack

wild mushrooms 12 months in the year and these pests must be combatted

continually on the cultivated mushrooms.

Citizens are advised not to attempt to raise mushrooms until they

have carefully investigated the cost of the necessary buildings and equip-

ment as well as the requirements of the crop in regard to compost, tem-

peratures, humidity, etc. Ample financial resources should be available.

Instructions for growing mushrooms may be found in Farmers' Bulletin

number 1875, "Mushroom Growing in the United States", for sale by Superinten-

dent of Documents, Washington 25, D. C. for 10 cents in coin.

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