Grow Magic Mushrooms at Home
How to Grow Psychedelic Mushrooms. More and more people are growing psilocybin mushrooms at home. As well as providing a reliable, year-round supply, home cultivation eliminates the risk of misidentifying mushrooms in the wild. For many growers, it’s also a fun, low-cost hobby.
With the right resources and knowledge, you can grow psilocybin mushrooms at home within around 4 to 6 weeks. The quality of your homegrown shrooms won’t be the greatest but once you get the hang of it, you can regularly grow batches, store them, and use them as you please.
We have talked a lot about purchasing shrooms online and how easy and affordable that process is, but did you know you can also buy magic mushroom kits online? A magic mushroom kit would entail you growing your own magic mushrooms at home with a kit that provides all the necessary tools, supplies, and instructions on how to do this. Is it as simple as it sounds, though? This article will cover the process of how to order your magic mushroom kit and also the process of actually growing them in your own home. Let’s dive in!
WHAT VARIETY SHOULD I CHOOSE?
How to Grow Psychedelic Mushrooms
As you begin to grow psilocybin mushrooms indoors, you’ll need to decide on a species and strain. Most suppliers offer a range to choose from, but the Psilocybe cubensis B+ and Golden Teacher mushrooms are among the most popular for beginners. While not as potent as some others, like Penis Envy, they’re reportedly more forgiving of sub-optimal and changing conditions.
Preparing Your Substrate
How to Grow Psychedelic Mushrooms.
To grow shrooms, you’ll need to prepare a substrate base. Much like plants need soil, fungi feed off of substrate and get the nutrients they need to grow. The best way to make a substrate for home growing is by combining brown rice flour, vermiculite, and water.
You’ll also need around 8 to 12 sealable jars to fill with your substrate. Mason jars work well. Use a hammer and nail to create four holes in the lids of each of your jars. Next, take a mixing bowl and add ⅔ cup of vermiculite and ½ cup of water for each jar you’re using. Drain the water then add ¼ cup of brown rice flour for each jar you’re using.
Mix these ingredients thoroughly to create your substrate. You can then fill each jar with the substrate – leaving around an inch of space at the top. Apply a layer of rubbing alcohol to the top of each jar and allow it to evaporate before filling the top of each jar with more dry vermiculite. Seal each jar and place tinfoil over the top.
Next, you’ll need to sterilize your jars with steam. Place a small towel in a large cooking pot, add your jars, and fill it with enough water to reach halfway up your jars. Let the water boil, apply a lid, and steam the jars for 60 to 90 minutes. After this, leave the jars to cool overnight.
Once your jars have cooled to room temperature, you can start the inoculation process. You’ll need to inject each jar of the substrate with magic mushroom spores – you can usually buy these in syringes. Start by disinfecting your hands as well as the surface you plan to use. You should also wear gloves.
Use a lighter to disinfect the tip of one of your spore syringes and wipe it with alcohol once it cools. You can then remove the foil from your jars, push the needle of your syringe as far as it’ll go into the hole of each jar (or open slightly), and inject ¼ cc of your spore solution. Disinfect the needle between each jar.
Once you’ve injected all your jars with your spores, you’ll need to make an incubator. You can do this by taking a large, disinfected plastic box and placing your jars inside. You can also buy a magic mushroom incubator. Seal the top of the incubator and place it in a dark warm spot.
Ideally, your jars should have temperatures of 20 to 28 ºC (68 to 82ºF) and relative humidity levels of 80%. If you can’t find a warm enough spot in your house, you may want to place your box in another container with heated water by using an aquarium heater.
While incubating, it’s important to check your jars regularly. Watch out for signs of contamination such as blue, green, or white fuzzy mold – contaminated jars should be removed immediately. After 1 or 2 weeks of incubation, white mycelium should start to sprout from your spores. After 3 to 4 weeks, half of your jars or more should have full colonies or “cakes” of mycelium.
Once your jars have colonized, they’re ready for fruiting. You might want to wait an extra week for the colonies to strengthen. During this time, you can create a fruiting chamber by disinfecting a large, clear plastic container with a lid. Make ¼-inch holes around every 2 inches across the sides, base, and lid of the box. This will give your shrooms the light and airflow they need.
How to Grow Psychedelic Mushrooms
After making your fruiting chamber, place four stable objects under each corner to allow airflow at the bottom. You might also want to place a towel underneath to avoid leakage. You’ll also need to fill the chamber with 4 to 5 inches of perlite. Rinse the perlite in distilled water first.
Open your colonized jars, remove the top layers of vermiculite, and carefully take the colonized cakes and place them on a disinfected surface. Rinse the cakes gently under cold water to remove any excess vermiculite. Fill a cooking pot with tepid water and submerge your cakes for 24 hours to rehydrate them.
Roll your hydrated cakes in a mixing bowl of dry vermiculite and place them each in a jar lid covered with tinfoil. You can then spread them evenly throughout your fruiting chamber. Mist them using a spray bottle of water and close the lid of your chamber.
Place the chamber in a cool, dry place with low levels of indirect light. Mist your chamber (without soaking the cakes) four times a day and fan your cakes with the lid. Within a week or two, you’ll notice mushrooms sprout from your cakes. Once the veils of the mushroom caps start to break, it’s time to harvest them.
Apply gloves and disinfect your hands. Use a disinfected knife to carefully cut the base of your grown mushrooms close to the cake. Place the harvested shrooms on paper towels and give them a few days to dry. You can then store them in a sealed container in a cool, dry place.
Some of your mushrooms will mature faster than others, so give them enough time to fully grow. Your cakes can also grow multiple shrooms – you just need to regenerate them. Rehydrate your cakes after harvesting by submerging them in cold water for 10 minutes before placing them back in the fruiting chamber.
What is a Magic Mushroom Growing Kit?
Although different kits come with different equipment, they all let you cultivate the mushrooms in a container (typically a box, bag, or jar). Every kit ought to include some sort of substrate. The substance that gives mushrooms their nourishment is called a substrate (think of it as soil for fungi). Although the perfect substrate material is the subject of whole Reddit discussions, most substrates have some sort of grain.
Reputable businesses provide thorough instructions with their grow kits and prompt customer service because they want their customers to be successful with their products. Look for vendors who have a history of receiving favourable ratings and who have been in operation for a while.
Some contend that buying your own ingredients saves money and results in higher harvests than buying a mushroom growing kit, but some claim the ease of a growing kit is worthwhile. Before you commit to buying all the supplies you’ll need for a handmade grow, some advise using a grow kit. Because the smaller kits are more affordable, you can try out mushroom cultivation before going all in.
How Does it Work?
How to Grow Psychedelic Mushrooms
Mushrooms actually sprout from the mycelium, a white, fluffy substance that serves as the mushroom’s root system, rather than just appearing out of the substrate when they’re ready. The mycelium must first grow before any mushrooms are produced, much like a plant must first root and sprout before it can bloom. (The nomenclature can be confusing, but simply remember that the order of container > substrate > mycelium > mushrooms should be kept in mind when choosing a grow kit.)
You will also need spores in addition to containers and substrates. Like seeds are to plants, spores are the reproductive components from which mushrooms grow. You will need to order psilocybin spores from another source because most mushroom grow kits produced in the US do not contain them due to legal concerns. European grow kits frequently include spores or even a pre-colonized substrate (also known as substrate with spores added), but the buyer pays more in shipping costs and the legal risks may be greater (the companies that sell these sans-spore kits frequently link to trusted vendors they recommend for purchasing spores).
The psychoactive ingredient found in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, is not present in the spores, which are packaged in syringes.
How Much Do They Cost?
Magic Mushroom Grow Kits come at all price points. Some offered on Amazon start at around $80 and go up to just a little over $150. The cheaper ones are typically more basic, contain only one substrate, and usually don’t include sanitizing equipment, while the ones over $100 generally come with everything.
You can only grow magic mushrooms using psilocybin spores, so be careful not to purchase grow kits that already contain the mushroom mycelium.
One of the drawbacks is that for amateurs if you don’t get it right the first time around, you will have to buy a whole new grow kit and start over from scratch. In this case, it can get pricey.
Is It Worth It?
While magic mushroom grows kits may seem like an interesting venture, they are much more complicated and pricey than simply purchasing your shrooms online in ready-to-ingest form. The risk of making a mistake with your first-time grow kit is quite high (especially for amateurs) and can get expensive if you have to purchase more than one until you get the process right. It’s also time-consuming as the actual growing of your mushroom does take some time.
Our advice? Stick to purchasing your shrooms online from a reliable online shroom dispensary, so you know you’re getting a good product at great prices, and you have such a great variety to choose from. We have Avery’s Albino Magic Mushrooms, Albino Penis Envy, Albino Treasure Coast, Blue Meanies, B+, Cambodian, Golden Teacher, King Kong, and so much more. Think of trying to grow these in your grow kits at home! It would take forever, and a proper harvest isn’t guaranteed.
Not only do we have a great variety of dried shrooms, but we also have shroom microdose capsules and shroom edibles to choose from. Think of eating yummy gummy bears, chowing down on a delicious chocolate bar, drinking a steaming cup of hot cocoa, or making a refreshing strawberry lemonade drink, all of which contain the dosage of psilocybin that you want based on the experience you’re looking for. It seems like a no-brainer to us!