The number of people growing magic mushrooms in Canada is gradually going through the roof. Psilocybin mushroom growers mainly look to bridge the supply gap by availing plentiful and dependable all-year shroom supply and cut out the deadly risk of misidentifying mushrooms during hunting.
Some beginners are best going the easy way by buying a ready mushroom grow kit since all you need to do is keep it humid, and the living mycelium substrate will germinate. We highly recommend that mushroom growers should start the whole process from scratch. Preparing your substrate is not only more convenient but, you will be able to do it with greater care to make it less susceptible to contamination.
Are you ready to stop buying magic mushrooms online in Canada and start growing your own at home? Before following this comprehensive guide on how to grow mushrooms at home, you must first ensure that it is legal to grow shrooms in your state. Secondly, you must adhere to the available regulations on growing psilocybin mushrooms because we certainly don’t want you getting arrested and living with a criminal record.
- Stage one
The first phase of growing magic mushrooms involves creating a birthing cake. Once mycelium is completely established within the jar and developed around the substrate, it is referred to as a birthing cake. When taken out of the jar, it remains intact like a cake with sprouting mushrooms.
Step 1: Sterilization
Disinfecting the mushroom container and the adjacent environs is very crucial for the excellent performance of your mushrooms. Pathogenic bacteria are the biggest enemy of mushroom cultivation.
- Prepare a small space in your home where you can use as a discrete laboratory.
- Wear your face mask and enter the ready space and lock the door.
- Wear your gloves and disinfect the space by spraying using a disinfecting spray.
- Wet a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and clean your containers. Thoroughly clean the topmost part of each container.
Step 2: Inoculation
Heat the metallic part of your hypodermic needle with a lighter till it turns red. Note that hypodermic needles are usually pre-sterilized, and the heating process is just a precautionary measure.
- Do not place the needle down after heating. Hold it till it grows cooler.
- Thoroughly shake the syringe to spread the spores uniformly.
- Put the needle into the port and inject one cc into the treated container.
- Inject the same amount to the rest of the containers while disinfecting the needle on every time.
Step 3: Colonization
After injecting the containers, carefully put them in a cardboard box, close its lid and store it in a dark but warm area. A stable temperature of 80-85 degrees is most suitable. Resist the temptation to check your containers until the 5 days are over.
- If you notice a fizzy-like white substance after the 5 days are over, you should be delighted because this is a promising sign.
- The fizzy substance is mycelium. Mycelium is the vegetative body of a fungus, more like a plant’s roots.
- Leave the mycelium to develop for about 14 days or longer.
- Once the mycelium is wholly established in the container, give it one more week and then move on to the next phase.
This phase involves removing the birthing cake from the containers. In about a month, mushrooms will begin sprouting, expectantly in abundance.
Step 1: Birth and soak
- Once mycelium is completely established in the container, they are ready for a bath in the fruiting chamber, where they will sprout mushrooms.
- Being in an impermeable container for so long, surely your precious mycelium must be thirsty. Soak them for half or a full day before relocating to their new home.
How to sterilize
You need a disinfected plastic baggie, a lid, and purified water.
- Wear clean gloves and clean your hands thoroughly.
- Open the lid of your container (You’ll use the lid later)
- Bump the container against your palm to loosen and get the cake out. If the cake is still intact after several banging, you can lightly touch it to loosen it.
- Put the cake in a disinfected container/baggie and do so to all the other cakes.
- Add purified water into the container/baggies into which you placed your cakes and close using their lids. If you are using baggies, try to eliminate air as much as possible.
- Store your soaked cakes in the refrigerator and let them stay for about half or a whole day.
Once the cakes have had that very necessary cold bath, it’s now time to put them in the chamber.
Step 2: Preparing the Grow Chamber
- Disinfect your container with bleached and boiling water solution. Rinse it completely with pure boiling water.
- Add boiled water and hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle at the rate of 10:2 parts.
- Sterilize the perlite by soaking it into a solution of 10:2 boiling water and hydrogen peroxide.
- Spread a layer on the bottom of the growing chamber.
- The perlite helps maintain the humidity of your growing chamber. You will require to mist it every once in a while.
- Put your mason lid upon the perlites’ bed and then place a cake on each lid.
- Spray each cake with your 10:2 water and hydrogen peroxide solution but in minimal amounts to avoid creating puddles.
- Ensure to leave adequate space between the cakes to allow enough room for mushrooms to sprout without congestion.
If you notice tiny mushrooms sprouting already, it’s a positive sign. They are called pins. To ensure your mycelium is healthy, sniff the cake a bit, and if you notice a foul smell, that’s an indicator that harmful bacteria has attacked your mycelium.
Stage Three: Preservation
Cover your growing chamber with a lid and put it in a well-ventilated room where it will get indirect sunlight. Mist the mushrooms two times daily with water and hydrogen peroxide solution for the next 4 weeks. If the humidity level is below 85%, you’ll have to spray your mushrooms more regularly.
Stage Four: Harvesting
Once your mushrooms are ready for harvesting, cut them off from the birthing cake at the lowest part of the stem and store them in an impermeable container in your refrigerator.
The cakes can be reused for another mushroom harvest/ flush. Some people will prefer buying magic mushrooms online in Canada, but for those who prefer to grow and use their own supply, this is your go-to guide.