How to Grow Magic Mushrooms
How many times have you heard someone mention magic mushrooms? Have you ever tried to find some, with no luck? Or maybe you tried them years ago on a trip to Holland and you want to try them again. Regardless of your reasoning, here at Growbarato.net we stock our very own magic mushroom kits so that you can grow your own shrooms! Read on to find out how to grow magic mushrooms yourself at home.
How to grow Magic Mushrooms | Types of magic mushroom kits
Magic mushrooms are one of the easiest things to grow in the world – they need a few specific parameters and a bit of patience. The kits that we sell come with a perlite and vermiculite substrate which has had mycelium added to it, which is where the shrooms come from. It’s super easy to activate and begin growing your shrooms; keep reading for a full guide on how to do it properly.
Each mushroom strain has a set of different properties as they’re from different parts of the world. Some are much easier to grow than others, some are much more potent and other produce larger yields than others. They also grow in various different shapes which you’ll notice once they open up. The following photo is of two different strains (Panamerican and B+), which were set to propagate on the exact same day. The Panamerican shrooms has hardly produced any mycelium but larger mushrooms much faster, whereas the B+ has created a layer of mycelium over the entire surface and is beginning to fill up with small mushrooms.
If you’ve never grown magic mushrooms before, we recommend going with a strain called Mexican. This particular strain adapts much better to temperature and humidity, so it still has a fighting chance even if you don’t give it the exact right parameters.
How to Grow Magic Mushrooms | Basic Magic Mushroom Parameters:
One of the most important factors when growing magic mushrooms is the amount of light that they receive and the quality of that light – they should never be given direct light. They can be grown using sunlight or a normal white bulb, but never directly on the substrate. In as far as the amount of light needed… this can be tricky, as mushrooms naturally grow on the ground in large forests, spending lots of time in the dark. If you grow them using sunlight, all you have to do is leave your curtains open and place the mushrooms to one side of the window, making sure that they’re never in direct sunlight. If you’re using a light in your house you’ll need to position it so that the light doesn’t directly shine on the substrate.
Humidity is essential, as it’s what activates the mycelium which is where the shrooms sprout from. In order to provide the right amount of humidity, you’ll need to use a small greenhouse propagator. Hydrate the substrate using bottled or osmosis water – never use tap water. When you add water, the substrate will begin swelling up, so you’ll need to go slowly to make sure that it’s evenly wet. Once it’s been fully soaked, remove any leftover water – if there’s any water left at the bottom of the container it may cause fungi.
Our mushroom kits come with a bag that you can use as a propagator, although if you want the best possible results we recommend getting a proper greenhouse propagator. In order to activate the mycelium you’ll need to keep humidity at a steady 90% for at least two days inside the propagator. This means that you’ll need to add some extra water to the bottom of your propagator – not the container with the substrate. Make sure this water is also osmosis or bottled. Another way to do this is by keeping the lid on the containers, which concentrates humidity a lot more. After the first two days you’ll need to lower humidity to around 70%, which is easy to do by fiddling with the little windows on the side of your propagator.
Temperature is another incredibly important parameter; mushrooms generally thrive between 21 and 24°C, so if you want to produce as many shrooms as possible we recommend keeping the propagator right in the middle. If it’s cold where you’re planning on growing them, you can always get a heated propagator or a heated blanket for underneath your propagator. If you grow your mushrooms under 21°C they’ll grow much slower and produce less shrooms – once the mycelium is active, it only has a certain amount of time to produce mushrooms.
Last but not least, hygiene and a clean environment is paramount to growing magic mushrooms. They’re quite sensitive, and they need a clean and sterilized environment – never ever touch them with your hands, make sure to use latex gloves when handling the kit at all time and, if possible, a facemask. You need to try and avoid altering the atmosphere around them as much as possible – don’t smoke, use deodorant or any other kind of spray product in the room that they’re in or they may become contaminated and not grow properly.
Give your magic mushroom kits the right lighting, humidity, temperature and clean environment and they’ll produce plenty of psychedelic heads. Growbarato.net has everything you need to grow your very own magic mushrooms, from the kits themselves to products such as heated mats and thermo-hygrometers, as well as full mycological study kits.
How to Grow Magic Mushrooms | Harvesting
After anywhere between 7 and 14 days you should start seeing the first few mushrooms appear. From then onwards they’ll start popping up all over – if you check on them a few times a day you’ll probably notice them getting larger, growing a few centimeters a day. They might be ready after around 3-4 days, and after harvesting you’ll need to let them dry for a few more days before being able to eat them.
When removing the mushrooms, simply put on some gloves and pinch them between your fingers, twisting slightly – they should pop out straight away. They’re quite sensitive, and wherever you touch them they’ll begin to turn a dark color for a couple of hours. This is normal, don’t worry about contamination or rot; they’re still edible.
Once you remove all of the mushrooms, don’t throw away the container – mycelium can stay active for a while longer, depending on the conditions given. You may have a whole new crop of mushrooms after just a couple of days. If you’ve provided absolutely perfect conditions, you may even get three or four decent goes out of just one container.