How to Grow Magic Mushrooms
If you’ve been dreaming about growing your own psilocybin mushrooms – magic mushrooms – but haven’t been able to figure out exactly how to get started you’ve come to the right place!
Below we are going to dive deep into how you can learn how to grow magic mushrooms without a lot of headache and without a lot of hassle. On top of that, we are going to show you how to do so without spending a mountain of money all while producing top-tier magic mushrooms that might have been tough to come by otherwise.
Before we jump right in, though, it’s important to highlight one thing right out of the gate.
There are a lot of companies out there promoting “how to grow magic mushrooms kits”. And while these kits promise to give you everything you need to get started, the truth is that you’ll almost always end up with a worse result when you use those kits rather than starting from scratch.
After you check out all the inside information we highlight below, though, starting from scratch won’t ever feel intimidating.
Here’s a Breakdown of the Supplies You’ll Need
To begin learning how to grow magic mushrooms there are a handful of supplies you are going to need to get your hands on to start growing high-quality magic mushrooms on a consistent basis.
The first thing you’ll need to do is get your hands on a “spore syringe”.
This syringe is going to include all of the magic mushroom spores that you are looking to turn into magic mushrooms. Finding one that is high-quality, has not been contaminated, and has the strain that you are looking to use can be a bit of a tough time.
But stick with it, research different vendors and find one that has a rock solid reputation and everything else just sort of falls into place.
You could also create your own spore syringe from magic mushrooms on your own (something we touch on a little more in a moment) but that’s really for more advanced growers of these mushrooms. It’s not a bad idea to stick with a trustworthy spore syringe from a reputable vendor when you are just getting started.
Other things you’ll need include:
- Brown rice flour
In the equipment department you’ll want to have the following on hand:
- Half-point jars (a dozen Mason jars will do)
- A hammer and a finish nail
- Heavier tinfoil
- A big cooking pot with a tight fitting lid
- 10 paper towels or so
- A clear plastic storage container (between 50 L and 115 L internally)
- A drill with a quarter-inch drill bit
- A misting bottle
Lastly, hygiene is a huge piece of the puzzle to having success growing your own magic mushrooms and you’ll want to make sure you have all of the gear we break down below:
- Rubbing alcohol
- Your favorite disinfectant
- Aerosol sanitizer
- Latex gloves
- Surgical masks
- Torch Lighter
And that should just about do it as far as the necessary supplies are concerned.
Step-By-Step Growing Guide for Magic Mushrooms
The first phase of learning how to grow magic mushrooms is pretty simple and straightforward.
What you’ll want to do is get your “substrate” of brown rice flour ready to rock and roll, combining it with vermiculite and a bit of water just to keep things soft and moist. From there you’ll want to empty that substrate into each of the individual jars (after they have been cleaned and sanitized).
This is where you add your spores directly into the substrate with the syringe that you have purchased.
After you have injected the spores directly into the substrate (four individual injections of about ¼ mL per injection) you’ll be ready to go through the colonization process of your magic mushroom growing season.
Simply set your inoculated jars somewhere clean, somewhere dark, and somewhere that is relatively warm but not overly so. Shoot for temperatures that are lower than 70° to 80°F if at all possible as that can really slow down the growing season for your mushrooms.
In about 14 days or so you’re going to start to see these mushrooms pop-up in little fluffy balls. It’s important that you verify that these early-stage magic mushrooms have not been infected or cross contaminated – something you’ll be able to recognize immediately with funky smells or strange colors.
After 28 days or so you should have a handful of jars with colonized mushrooms that are ready to move through the actual growing chamber process.
Adding perlite into your plastic storage containers and then allowing plenty of cold tap water to soak the surface quite a bit you want to then add the baby magic mushrooms you’ve been colonizing inside of your Mason jars.
Each of these individual “mushroom cakes” should be gently rinsed underwater – cold water – before being moved to a cooking pot of room temperature water. Let your mushroom cakes sit inside that water bath for 24 hours or so until they have rehydrated completely.
Lastly, you’ll want to roll each of these individually rehydrated cakes in a bit of vermiculite and then drop them into your growing chamber. Make sure that each cake has a little bit of room around it to grow out, though.
Now comes the misting and humidity control part of the process.
Every couple of hours (four times a day or so) you’ll want to spritz some water into your growing box while being careful not to completely soak your mushroom cakes. You want to humidity up in these chambers as much as possible, allowing them to really soak in the humidity and grow quite rapidly.
After five days or so have passed (though sometimes it takes up to 10 days) you’ll start to see mushrooms beginning to fruit. After they’ve hit a decent size you can start to harvest them – would make sure your little earlier on the harvest than later as they lose their potency the longer they are allowed to grow.
Learning How to Grow Magic Mushrooms FAQ
About how long will it take (start to finish) to figure out how to grow magic mushrooms on my own?
As a general rule, you should expect it to take anywhere between 30 days and 60 days for you to grow magic mushrooms on your own (give or take).
How do I know it’s time to harvest my mushroom crop?
You’ll want to get your mushrooms just before the veil breaks. The gills should still be covered in the mushrooms should still have slightly conical caps on them when you pull them out of the growing chamber.
Can I learn how to grow magic mushrooms at home without commercially available spores?
Making your own magic mushroom spores syringes can be a bit of a challenge, but there’s a lot of content out there to help you do exactly that if you aren’t interested in moving forward with commercially available options. Commercial spore syringe is speed the growing process up quite a bit, though.
Are those magic mushroom “grow kits” worthwhile?
Some people swear by magic mushroom grow kits, but the overwhelming majority of people that have tried growing mushrooms from a kit and have done the approach we highlighted above favor a total DIY system compared to “mushrooms in a box”.
You just have a lot of control over the finished product when you have a hand in everything from start to finish.
At the end of the day, learning how to grow magic mushrooms is a whole lot easier than most people make it out to be.
As long as you zero in on all the inside information we highlighted above – and purchase your spore syringe from a company you know you can trust – you’ll find everything goes quite smoothly every step of the way.
On top of that, there’s nothing quite like having a (nearly) unlimited supply of magic mushrooms that you’ve grown yourself on hand at all times!