Grow Magic Mushrooms With These 12 Easy Steps
Magic mushrooms can be expensive when purchasing them online. If the high price tag attached to store-bought mushrooms deters you, it may be a good idea to grow your own. This is a simple process, but very complex and time-consuming. However, your efforts will pay off in the long run, with magic mushrooms at your disposal 24 hours a day.
Step 1: Collect Your Supplies
The first step of the magic mushroom cultivation process involves collecting the needed supplies. Most of these items can be purchased from a retail store. The rest can be purchased online through online. The items you need to collect include:
- Stainless Steel pressure Cooker – Pressure cookers are available in a variety of sizes. While the standard pressure cooker is still extremely popular among magic mushroom cultivators, they can be extremely dangerous due to the high pressure they produce. The programmable pressure cooker is safer, but carries a much higher price tag than the standard model. Both models work in the same manner, so they will not compromise your sterilization efforts. Just choose one that fits your budget.
- Canning Jars – Canning jars are available through some grocery and retail chains. They are extremely affordable and available in a variety of sizes. Just remember that most canning jars are sold separately from the lids. Be sure to read the description on the canning jar box, before you leave the store. The lids should be in the same aisle as the canning jars, so there will be no need to walk all over the store in search of them. The best size for magic mushroom cultivation is the ½-pint.
- Large Rubbermaid Container Or Aquarium – You will need to invest in a large Rubbermaid container, which will serve as a humidity chamber. If you have an old aquarium setting around, you can utilize that instead. Rubbermaid containers are available at most retail stores for about $10. Do not go out and purchase a new aquarium, because they can be quite expensive. Just a 10-gallon tank costs about $35, without the lid and light fixtures.
- Alcohol Lamp – Alcohol lamps are a little more difficult to access. The lamp will serve as a sterilizer for your needles. You will need to purchase this item online. Fortunately, they are very affordable.
- Aluminum Foil – Aluminum foil is very accessible, as most supermarkets and retail stores sell it in different sizes. You can get 200-square-foot of aluminum foil for about $9.
- Nail And Hammer – Most people have nails and a hammer, which is utilized for a variety of home improvement projects. If you already own these items, you will not need to purchase them. This could save you anywhere from $6 to $10.
- 100% Natural Perlite – Perlite is available online and at most nurseries. Just be sure to purchase 100% natural perlite, because it works better for aeration in magic mushrooms and soil. Perlite will help maintain moisture and provide your plants with adequate air.
- Vermiculite – Vermiculite is available in different grades. Medium-grade will work great for growing magic mushrooms. You can purchase this online or from nurseries.
- Industrial Spore Syringe – Spore Syringes are very affordable and can be purchased in bulk online and specialty shops.
- Brown Rice Flour – Brown rice flour is available at most grocery stores for a few bucks. Just be sure to purchase a high-quality brand, as it will serve as the substrate for your plants.
Step 2: Preparing Your Canning Jars
The second step involves preparing your canning jars. Utilize your hammer and nail to punch holes in the lid along the edge. Four or five holes will do.
Step 3: Preparing Your Substrate
This step involves preparing the substrate. Just add three cups of brown rice flower, nine cups of vermiculite and three cups of water in an eight-ounce container. Mix thoroughly to make sure all of the substrate is moistened.
Step 4: Pour Substrate Into Canning Jars
Remove the lids from your canning jars and fill them with substrate. Do not pack the substrate in the jar and leave an inch of empty space between the lid and substrate.
Step 5: Getting Ready For Sterilization
Removing the contaminants from the jars is essential to ensure that you get a healthy and pure strain of mycelia. You can accomplish this placing a square piece of aluminum foil over the lids of the jars. Be sure to crumple the foil down over the jar like a lid so that it stays in place. After this go ahead and fill the cooker with at least three inches of water and you will be ready to move on.
Step 6: Proper Sterilization
You will need to sterilize the mushrooms by closing the pressure cooker and starting it. Once the lid of the cooker starts to shake, you will have successfully sterilized the jars. Let the jars acclimate for an hour before moving on.
Step 7: The Inoculation Process
The purpose of the inoculation process is to allow the mycelium to latch on the mushroom and flourish. You can accomplish just this by removing the jars for the pressure cooker and heating the syringe by utilizing your alcohol lamp.
Once the syringe has heated and cooled, you want to remove the foil and inject the needle into the previously created hole. You only want to inject the mushroom with 1mL of substance. Simply repeat this process until you have covered all the jars.
Step 8: Helping The Mycelium Thrive
During this step you provide the mycelium the environment that it needs to thrive. You can accomplish this by placing it in a warm and dark location. The kitchen cabinets or above the refrigerator are two ideal locations. Just make sure you keep the temperature right around 80 to 86 degrees.
If this temperature is no just right it will take the mycelium longer to do its thing. If everything is does right, you should see the first hair develop in three to four days and the fungi will turn into substrate in three to five weeks.
Step 9: Creating A Fruit Chamber
Creating a fruit chamber might seem like a time consuming and complicated process, but the truth of the matter is that it isn’t. You really just need to create an environment that provides the mycelium with the humidity that it needs to fruit, which is the actual magic mushroom portion. In fact, you don’t even have to custom build a chamber, as you can just simply utilize an old aquarium or large Tupperware box.
Once you have your chamber all picked out the next objective is to humidify it. Once again, this really isn’t as hard as it sounds. All you have to do is get some perlite, soak it in cool water for five to ten minutes, and layer the bottom of the fruiting chamber with it.
This will provide the chamber with a humid environment by creating water that will need to be slowly evaporated.
You also want to make sure that you lay one layer of aluminum foil on the top of the section where you are going to be placing the substrate cakes. After this you want to seal the chamber as tightly as possible, while poking a few ventilation holes in the top of the chamber. Mushrooms require oxygen and you do not want to have come this far and fail, so make sure you are providing them with the breathing that they need.
Step 10: Know How To Pop Or Birth The Cakes
Step 10 just involves popping the cakes or birthing them, as many individuals say. Don’t worry, this process is not as time consuming and nowhere as near as complicated as the human birthing cycle. In fact, the whole process is so easy that any newbie can do it with expertise and ease.
The process just really involves removing the foil and lid, while flipping it upside down. Once you have the jar turned upside down all you have to do it give it a few smack on the bottom, which will dislodge the concoction.
The most crucial part of this step is to make sure that you submerge the cake in a bucket of cold water for at least 24 hours. What the cold water does is, it shocks the fungi and causes it to mature faster. After all mushrooms are already comprised of eight to ninety percent water, so this is going to hurt them.
Step 11: Let The Flush Form
While each mushroom strain out there is different, it can usually take anywhere from two to four weeks before the first flush is fully matured. Just keep in mind that each cake will be good for three or four flushes. At this point, you can then submerge the cakes of the mushrooms in a bucket of water for 24 hours. This is not only good for the rehydration process, but it will cause the mushroom to produce more mycelium, which will increase the potency.
Step 12: Properly Harvesting The Mushrooms
Learning to properly harvest your mushroom will be imperative if you want to yield a successful crop. You don’t want to have gone through all the work of growing and producing your mushrooms only to discover that you destroyed or lessened your yield by not harvesting them right.
In order to properly harvest mushroom you have to grab them right at the base and pull gently. If you aren’t comfortable with this method, you always have the option of just cutting them right at the base as well. Both will provide you with the same results and will work effectively.
Just remember that if you have tried these methods over and over with little to no results, you do have other options available to you.
There are a variety of online vendors that sell mushroom and grow kits. These kits have not only been tested with proven results, but they are guaranteed to produce exactly what you are looking for in the shortest amount of time possible. In addition to this, they require very little effort on your part