Growing mushrooms from spores is a relatively straightforward process, and the yield will be incredible. Plus, since they will be homegrown, you will have more confidence in them, not spiked or laced with anything, and the psilocybin content in them will ensure a euphoric trip every time. While the process is easy, it has many steps that might not be a piece of cake for new enthusiasts. So, we took some time to give you the complete details on growing mushrooms from spores and the many mycological techniques needed to ensure a fantastic yield for psychedelic and magic mushrooms.
While other plants may require seeds, mushrooms do grow from spores. These spores help the germination of mushrooms. But before we get to growing the mushrooms from spores, you will need the spores themselves and much more equipment to ensure that the process goes smoothly. For excellent results, try a psilocybin grow kit, which comes complete with mushroom spores, substrate, and any other necessary equipment required to grow mushrooms from spores.
Let’s now look at how to grow mushrooms from spores.
Growing mushrooms from spores: the process
Here is a step-by-step explanation of growing mushrooms from spores.
Creating the substrate
The substrate is the substance from which the mushrooms will derive their nutrients. Think of it as soil for your mushrooms; only it has more nutrition required for the spores to turn into those classic capped mushrooms. Now, the choice of substrate depends a lot on the strain of mushrooms; magic mushrooms, for instance, will require a substrate made up of coffee grounds or other nutrient-rich material. Once you have that, place it in a large tub and cover it up, leaving only small holes for the spore introduction process.
Introducing the spores to the substrate
Once your substrate is ready, it’s time to introduce your spores to it. Many grow kits, like those available at D&N Sporeworks, have their spores in a syringe, ready to be introduced to the substrate; in that case, punch small holes in the cover of the tub and inject the spores into it, all the while maintaining the temperature at around 23 degrees Celsius. This will help the spores achieve the conditions required for germination and subsequent growth.
Maintaining temperature, humidity
After the spores have been introduced to the substrate, next is the simple task of maintaining both temperature and humidity. Temperature should be kept steady at around 23 degrees Celsius, while humidity should be kept at zero. Absolutely no humidity should be allowed throughout this part of the process to ensure that the excess moisture does not contaminate the substrate and only the required amount is available to the spores. Maintain temperature and humidity for the next week and ensure pristine sterility throughout the process.
From spores to mycelium
Once a week has elapsed, you will notice small, stringy white growth on the surface of the substrate. If it’s not mold (which is a sign of contamination and a ruined batch), then it will be mycelium, which the spores grow into before transforming into the classic capped mushrooms that enthusiasts know and love. Now that you have mycelial growth, we are ready to move on to the next step.
After the mycelial growth, it’s time for the fruiting of the mushrooms. Transfer the substrate-mushroom mix to a plastic container. The mycelium should be exposed to the environment, which is where it should receive light and plenty of humidity. At this stage, humidity is the one thing that will support the growth of mycelium into mushrooms. Ensure adequate humidity, and you will have an excellent yield.
Harvesting the mushrooms
Once a week or two has passed, the mycelium will transform into mushrooms. However, it’s not yet time for harvesting. The perfect time to harvest magic mushrooms for the perfect psychedelic content is when their caps start turning inside out; this is when you start harvesting them. The substrate cake will continue growing mushrooms, so harvesting them quickly is imperative. Any delay in harvesting will mean that the mushrooms will be essentially wasted since an overripe mushroom has a taste that just isn’t palatable.
Reusing the spores for another growth process
Did you know that this process can be cyclical? Yes, provided that you are willing to commit to growing another batch, acquiring mushroom spores is relatively easy. Place a fully formed, ripe mushroom on a paper or card where a spore print can be easily seen. Once you have that mushroom on the paper (cap upwards, gills facing downward), use a plunger to place a single drop of water on the mushroom cap and leave it overnight. Check back on it again, and you will have a fine spore print on the surface of the paper, corresponding to the gill layout on the underside of the mushroom. Now, you have your spores ready for another batch of magic mushrooms.
The following are some tips to ensure your mycological journey goes without a hitch.
Ensure sterility throughout the process
In case we haven’t emphasized it too much, sterility is very important. Any small adulterant or contaminant will drastically affect both the yield and the quality of the mushrooms. With contaminants, the growth is also at the risk of stopping altogether. In contrast, with bacterial contaminants, the mycelial growth will instead have mold on it, which pretty much ruins the batch. So, ensure the highest level of sterility throughout the process and the equipment, and you won’t have any problems growing the mushrooms at all.
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