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How to Grow Magic Mushrooms | Harvesting Magic Mushrooms

Have you ever wondered How to Grow Magic Mushrooms in the back of your garden? Well, we have got your back with these simple and efficient steps!

Growing Psilocybin or Magic mushrooms is easy, as long as you are taking care of the humidity and moisture by providing favorable conditions. However, they don’t require sunlight to grow. The method for growing them starts with a spore that grows into a single mushroom, producing several later. Let’s have a brief look in detail!

Botanical Name: Psilocybin cubensis

Other Names: Shrooms, Gold caps, Golden tops, Golden teacher, Mexican mushroom

Check out our article on growing mushrooms on coffee grounds here


Origin of Magic Mushrooms

According to the rock paintings and sculptures of North African culture, the magic mushrooms were used long back in 9000 B.C. People started consuming them on a large scale by 1950. They contain psilocybin, which is a psychedelic compound, creating a hallucination and a feeling of euphoria. For this reason, they are listed in CSA (Schedule 1 drugs) in the United States. However, magic mushrooms have less potential for offense than other Schedule 1 drugs and are more potent in medicinal and cultural uses.

You may find psilocybin mushrooms all over northern South America and Southeastern United States. They also grow throughout Thailand, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Southeast Asia.


How to Identify Magic Mushrooms?

It is difficult to figure out among several species of mushroom in the psilocybe genus as almost all of them resemble each other. They grow in a reddish-brown cap, with a whitish-yellow stem. When crushed, the color may change to blue, and you can identify these species by this sign as well.


How to Grow Magic Mushrooms?

For propagation through spores: Cut the stems of magic mushroom and place it on a clean piece of wax paper, keeping the caps gill-side-down. Cover the caps with a cup and let it rest for 24 hours.

Next, take a wide clean plastic container and fill it with a nutrient-rich soil (you can make it yourself by mixing equal parts of peat moss, sterile compost, and potting soil). Transfer the spores carefully to the container and cover the top with a transparent cellophane layer. Make 8-10 holes in plastic wrap to allow enough airflow in the growing pot and mist the soil with water, as they flourish in humidity.

Propagation from mushroom ends: For this, you need healthy fat mushrooms. Remove the caps from stems and cut them into small pieces. Take a plastic container, place some shredded cardboard, straw, or sawdust; now spread the end pieces, and layer them with the growing medium until the container is full.

Cover the box with plastic (cellophane) and poke some holes to allow airflow. Keep the soil and mycelium damp by misting regularly. Also, maintain the temperature of 65-75F (18-23C) by placing the pot in the dark.


Requirements for Growing Magic Mushrooms

Location

Mushrooms don’t need as much sunlight, like other plants, for growth and food. Thus, the best place to grow them is a basement or any dark area, as darkness retains moisture that their spores use for reproduction.

Moisture

Just like all fungi, mushrooms also flourish in moist climates. Hence they need damp and humid growing media, such as compost or manure. Also, mist the soil to maintain moisture.

Temperature

The ideal temperature for growing magic mushrooms is 65-75F (18-24C). Keep them away from the cool breeze and dry air, as it can kill or restrict them from growing.

Nourishment

Mushrooms need starch, sugar, fats, nitrogen, protein, and lignin to grow well. To fulfill their need for these nutrients, you can use compost made from straw and manure. If you don’t have these materials, you can use corn, peat moss, and sand. They are also capable of extracting essential nutrients from the wood of logs or sawdust.


Harvesting

Sterilize your equipment first before harvesting, as it is going to prevent any contamination. You can harvest mushrooms when the veil below the caps is broken, or just before it. After three weeks of growth, the first batch of the mushroom is going to be ready for harvesting, and the second can be collected after 8-10 days.

14 COMMENTS

  1. It’s so hard to identity psilocybin mushrooms are there any key charitaristics that indicate strictly psilocybin

    • If you cut them open within 10 seconds they will turn blue only mushrooms with active magic ingredients will do this Google it

    • Pinch the flesh at the stem or cap, Shroom will show blue, like bruising, within 30secs. No blue, no joy. Cheers and happy hunting Robbo :)

  2. How big do the holes need to be, under the paragraph ” Propagation through spores”, it says poke 8 to 10 holes , also how big do u recommend the container to be ? Could you use something other than a plastic bin, such as a wood box ? Thank you , stay blessed , healthy and well ,with love 💚

  3. I’m micro dosing at the moment. And would love to do this on my own. I’ve got this 20 gallon fish tank. That can be utilized,do u think this is a great way to grow them? And the tank will be put in a dark area.
    My real question is this, I have some crushed up mushrooms mixed with ginger. Will this take or is it a wast of time?

    • I started with a kit from Midwestgrowkits. I ordered a spore syringe online. Golden teacher was slow to colonize. Just harvested my first batch :) I went with a grow kit because I am a beginner and the kit came with instructions and links to their videos. Now I am going to try growing in a medium that I create. It’s pretty easy, and very gratifying to be supplying myself with medicine. Good luck!

    • i would not use a wooden box. the reason being will be harder to sterilize any container that will absorb moister also i prefer to use a clear 16 oz plastic tote bin also called like the shoe box bin or whatever as it makes it easier to see any Trichoderma or any other contam growing in your substrate. but ik plenty of people who grow mushrooms in black plastic bins because mushrooms do not require sunlight to grow however mushrooms grown in complete darkness tend to not grow straight up and tend to fall over or curl. the sun gives them a place to grow towrds just like if u put a plant next to a sunny window and it starts to grow to the light..

    • Wash and eat fresh or Freeze-dry them, they’ll go bad fast. You can even get those bags you find in dry good that keep moisture out

  4. Send me the magic mushrooms to grow them step by step in soil using wax paper an two get spores let me know everything how to grow them

  5. The main plot is if it turns blue.
    But also a seperate gelatinous pellicle.
    And purple spore print.
    One other thing is they are tough as fuck.
    You can step on them and flick the wct and the bounce back.
    All other mushrooms will snap and break doing similar.
    And please if you do not know just don’t do it.
    I was studying for two years till I found them.
    Well till they found me.
    When you are ready you will know the answers to all your questions.
    It is something that happens

    They guide you to them.
    All the ones I ever find are when I walk blindly.
    And I have been one of the first to find azzies in Australia but with the suberganosia being stronger I prefer subs.

  6. Hello, I live in a semi-authoritarian country like Turkey. Where can I order a kit or compote? I actually found foreign-sourced sites, but will I get in trouble with narcotics when my cargo enters the country? Is it legal to ship these kits in your countries? Thank you everyone.

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