How many times have you heard someone mentioning magic mushrooms? Have you ever tried to find some good information to study, with no luck? Regardless of your reasoning, here at Shrooms & Edibles, we store our very own magic mushroom kits so that you can grow your own mushrooms for investigative purposes!
Types of magic mushroom packs
Magic mushrooms are one of the most effortless 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 bunch 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 others produce larger yields than others. They also grow in certain different shapes which you’ll notice once they open up. The Panamerican shrooms have 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 advise going with a strain called Mexican. This particular strain adjusts much better to temperature and humidity, so it still has a fighting chance even if you don’t give it the exact right parameters.
One of the most important factors when growing magic mushrooms is the amount of light that they get and the quality of that light – they should never be given direct light. They can grow by utilizing sunlight or a normal white bulb but never directly on the substrate. In as far as the amount of light required. This can be delicate, as mushrooms naturally grow on the ground in large forests, spending lots of time in the dark. If you grow them using natural sunlight, all you should do is let your curtains open and place the mushrooms on one side of the window, making sure that they’re never in direct sunlight. If you’re using light in your house you’ll need to position it so that the light doesn’t directly shine on the substrate.
Humidity is a must, as it’s what activates the mycelium which is where the shrooms sprout from. In order to produce the right amount of humidity, you’ll need to use a small greenhouse propagator. Hydrate the substrate using bottled, osmosis, or distilled water – never use tap water. When you add water, the substrate will start swelling up, so you’ll need to go slowly to make sure that it’s evenly wet. Once it’s been fully soaked, eliminate any water residue– 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, even though if you want the best possible results we recommend getting a proper greenhouse propagator. In order to stimulate 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 pour some extra water to the bottom of your propagator – not the container with the substrate. Make sure this water is also osmosis, distilled or bottled. Another way to do this is by keeping the lid on the containers, which intensifies humidity a lot more. After the first two days, you’ll need to lower humidity to around 70%, which is easy to do by interfering with the little windows on the side of your propagator.
Temperature is another very important parameter; mushrooms generally bloom between 21 and 24°C, so if you want to get as many shrooms as possible we advise 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 underneath your propagator. If you grow your mushrooms under 21°C they’ll grow much slower and produce fewer shrooms – once the mycelium is active, it only has a numerous amount of time to produce mushrooms.
Last but not least, hygiene and a clean environment are principles of growing magic mushrooms. They’re quite sensitive, and they require a clean and sterilized environment – never ever touch them with your hands, make sure to use latex gloves when handling the kit at all times and, if possible, a facemask. You have 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 correctly.
Shrooms & Edibles 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.
Collecting for Mycologic Studies
Anywhere between 7 and 14 days you would start seeing the first few mushrooms pop up. From then ahead they’ll begin 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 collecting, you’ll need to let them dry for a few more days before being able to study them.
When removing the mushrooms, simply put on some gloves and squeeze 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 colour for a couple of hours. This is normal, don’t worry about contamination or decomposition.
Once you get rid of the mushrooms, don’t waste the container – mycelium can stay active for a while longer, depending on the conditions given. You may have a whole new output of mushrooms after just a couple of days. If you’ve implemented the absolutely perfect conditions, you may even get three or four decent goes out of just one container.