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How to Successfully Buy & Maximize Your Magic Mushroom Grow Kit

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People buy magic mushroom grow kits for two reasons; price and convenience. 

What is meant by convenience? Well, throughout the mushroom growing cycle, there are several steps that require specialized equipment such as a pressure cooker, flow hood, mushroom bags, micro-pore tape, etc. 

Furthermore, several steps are detail-oriented with little room for error, which may seem daunting to new mushroom enthusiasts. Some challenging steps include inoculation, spawn and substrate sterilization, and fruiting.

Conveniently all of our grow kits offer pre-sterilized mushroom grain spawn and substrate options, as well as easy solutions for genetic inoculation, and mushroom fruiting. 

Cost is another reason people love psychedelic grow kits. It’s often cheaper to purchase a grow kit rather than sourcing all supplies needed to grow mushrooms individually. 

We offer a wide range of mushroom mediums, supplies, and tools in our shroom kits. We’ve tailored our mushroom kits to meet the needs of multiple types of growers.

Some of our kits offer just the basics like spawn and spores, which are intended for mycologists who would prefer a more DIY approach to mushroom cultivation. However other kits include every supply imaginable plus the usual spawn, substrate, and genetics.

Does mushroom cultivation seem challenging to you? Or maybe you don’t own a pressure cooker or flow hood. Don’t sweat it, in this guide I’ll discuss the pros and cons of our different grow kits and hopefully point you toward the kit that is best suited for you.

Choose Sterilized vs Pasteurized (DIY) Substrate for Your Grow Kit

Similarly to the sterilization of mushroom spawn, the mushroom substrate should also either be sterilized or pasteurized. 

Why am I telling you this? Because some of our grow kits give you the choice of pasteurizing the substrate yourself (a cost-effective option) or selecting a full pre-sterilized substrate.

Typically the ingredients that make up the substrate mixture determine whether you need to fully sterilize it or only pasteurize it. We’ve conveniently selected ingredients for our substrate which allows for simple pasteurization at home or full sterilization if you want to go the extra mile.

Pasteurization requires less intense heat and pressure when compared to full sterilization. The idea behind pasteurization is to kill the harmful bacteria but keep the bacteria that is beneficial to fungal growth.

Pasteurization can be achieved with simple household items such as a bucket, lid, and boiling water. Whereas sterilization often requires expensive equipment such as a pressure cooker.

More details on how to pasteurize and sterilize substrate can be found on our grow kit product pages as well within our how-to articles.

How to Grow Magic Mushrooms Using Our Grow Kits Step-By-Step

Step 1: Sanitize yourself and your workstation

Sanitize yourself and your workstation planet spores

The sanitization step is often overlooked, don’t skip it it’s so important. Even the smallest amount of bacteria can ruin your grow kit. 

Air: Turn off anything that contributes to air circulation such as AC units, fans, and heaters, and close the door to your workspace.

Yourself: Wear gloves and a mask, and wipe your hands and arms with 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Spawn bag: Wipe down your spawn bag with 70% isopropyl alcohol (don’t get any inside the bag).

Workstation: Clean the table you are working on and any tools you’ll be using with 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Injection area: Wipe this area down again when you are ready to inoculate.

Step 2: Inoculate spawn with genetics

Inoculate spawn with genetics planet spores

Injection area: Wipe the injection area with 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Prepare the syringe: Attach a clean pre-sealed needle (provided) to the syringe. If you are re-using needles (not recommended), you need to flame sterilize the needle.

Inoculate: Gently inject 5 – 10ml of spore or liquid culture solution into the bulk of the spawn bag. Gently remove the syringe from the bag and put the safety cap back on the needle.

Cover the hole: Cover the injection holes with clean tape preferably micropore tape. If you’re using a self-healing injection port, wipe it with isopropyl and allow it to self-heal.

Step 3: Allow the genetics to colonize the spawn

Colonize planet spores

Store the spawn: Place your inoculated mushroom spawn in a dark area with no direct sunlight to allow it to colonize with mycelium.

Temperature: 20°C – 26°C or 70°F – 79°F

Step 4: Mix partially colonized spawn together

Mix colonized spawn with the substrate bag method - planet spores

Mix the bag: Once your bag is around 30% colonized with white mycelium, it’s time to mix it. From outside the bag, gently knead your bag to break up the mycelium, the goal is to evenly distribute it throughout your bag so it can colonize quickly.

Step 5: Mix colonized spawn with the substrate

This step will differ slightly depending on if you’re fruiting in a bag or a tub. This is the first time in the cultivation process that you’ll be working with substrate. We offer pre-sterilized substrate with all of our kits for a fee, or sterilization of the substrate can be done at home using pasteurization methods (easy). Do not skip this step, the substrate either needs sterilization or pasteurization, or your grow kit will become contaminated. 

We have more information about sterilization and pasteurization in our learning section.

Side note: Spawn and substrate in the All-In-One All-In-One Grow Magic Mushroom Fruiting Kit comes pre-sterilized.

Mix colonized spawn with the substrate bag method - planet spores

Mixing using All-In-One Kits: This step is very easy with this kit, once the spawn is fully colonized gently knead it together with the substrate that is already conveniently sitting in the bag for you.

Air: Turn off anything that contributes to air circulation such as AC units, fans, and heaters, and close the door to your workspace.

Yourself: Wear gloves and a mask, and wipe your hands and arms with 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Workstation: Clean the table you are working on and any tools you’ll be using with 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Mixing using normal mushroom bags: You must follow the above sterile practices as this step involves exposing your grow kit to the open air. Pour sterile substrate and fully colonized broken-up spawn into the same fruiting bag. Gently knead the two mediums together until they’re distributed evenly throughout the bag.

Tamp: Level out the surface of the growing medium and lightly pat the top layer down.

Prepare the monotub

Fresh air exchange holes: Drill or cut several holes on the sides of your tub above where the fruiting medium will sit. Cover the holes with poly-fil or micropore tape.

Liner (optional): Some mycologists like to line their monotubs with a garbage bag or similar material. Liners can help prevent mushrooms from growing on the sides and bottom of the monotub.

Read: Our detailed guide on how to create a monotub fruiting chamber

Mix colonized spawn with the substrate tub method - planet spores

Air: Turn off anything that contributes to air circulation such as AC units, fans, and heaters, and close the door to your workspace.

Yourself: Wear gloves and a mask, and wipe your hands and arms with 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Workstation: Clean the table you are working on, your monotub, and any tools you’ll be using with 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Mixing using monotubs: You must follow the above sterile practices as this step involves exposing your mediums to the open air. Pour sterile substrate and fully colonized broken-up spawn into your monotub. Gently mix the two mediums together until they’re distributed evenly throughout the monotub. 

Tamp: Level out the surface of the growing medium and lightly pat the top layer down.

Step 6: Allow the mycelium to colonize the fruiting mixture

Colonize planet spores

Store the spawn: Place your fruiting mixture in a dark area with no direct sunlight to allow it to colonize with mycelium.

Temperature: 20°C – 26°C or 70°F – 79°F

Step 7: Place the grow kit in fruiting conditions

To induce your mushroom grow kit to fruit, you must change the environmental conditions such as fresh air exchange, humidity, and light. Imagine your mushrooms are growing naturally in the wild, that’s what we’re trying to emulate in this step. 

This step will differ slightly depending on if you’re fruiting in a bag or a tub.

Fruiting mushrooms bag method - planet spores

Cleanliness: Although at this stage your grow kit will be more resistant to contamination than during the early phases of growth, it’s still important to follow proper cleanliness protocols to extend its life. Anytime you open the bag to mist, ensure your hands are clean and any airflow devices are turned off.

Fresh air exchange: Before this step, your bag should have been sealed shut, now to increase fresh air exchange, cut the seal at the top of the bag and clip it with a paper clip or binder clip.

Humidity: To increase humidity you will use a spray bottle filled with water, set the spray nozzle to spray a fine mist. Open the bag and mist the sides of the grow bag and the fruiting medium (avoid water pooling). 

Q: How do you know when to mist? 

A: When there is no visible moisture on the inside of the grow bag, it’s too dry. 

Light: Light is the least important when it comes to inducing mushroom fruiting. A little bit of light goes a long way. In direct sunlight or a small light in your growing area will work just fine. Turn the lights off when you go to sleep.

Temperature: 19°C – 24°C or 66°F – 75°F

It’s best to fruit in slightly cooler conditions than all of the previous steps to prolong the life of your grow kit. The warmer it is the faster the kit will succumb to contamination.

Fruiting mushrooms tub method - planet spores

Cleanliness: Although at this stage your grow kit will be more resistant to contamination than during the early phases of growth, it’s still important to follow proper cleanliness protocols to extend its life. Anytime you open the monotub to mist, ensure your hands are clean and any airflow devices are turned off.

Fresh air exchange: Keep the lid on your monotub the air holes you created during step 4 will allow for ample fresh air exchange within your monotub.

Humidity: To increase humidity you will use a spray bottle filled with water, and set the spray nozzle to spray a fine mist. Open the monotub and mist the sides of the monotub and the fruiting medium (avoid water pooling).

Q: How do you know when to mist? 

A: When there is no visible moister on the inside of the monotub, it’s too dry. 

Light: Light is the least important when it comes to inducing mushroom fruiting. A little bit of light goes a long way. In direct sunlight or a small light in your growing area will work just fine. Turn the lights off when you go to sleep.

Temperature: 19°C – 24°C or 66°F – 75°F

It’s best to fruit in slightly cooler conditions than all of the previous steps to prolong the life of your grow kit. The warmer it is the faster the kit will succumb to contamination.

Step 8: Harvest, rehydrate, and dry

Harvest and dry the mushrooms - planet spores

Timeline: After your kit has been in fruiting conditions for roughly 7 to 14 days pins (baby mushrooms) will begin to form. Once pinning begins, pay close attention to your kit, as the pins will mature into fully developed mushrooms quite quickly.

When to harvest: When most of the mushrooms have reached maturity. The caps will be formed and the veil will begin to tear away from the caps. Avoid letting all veils drop completely, the mushrooms will release their spores all over your fruiting medium, negatively impacting your kit’s ability for multiple flushes.

How to harvest: It’s still important to follow cleanliness best practices, wear gloves, and turn off any airflow devices in your fruiting room. Open the monotub or grow bag and harvest all of the mushrooms. Do so by gently twisting and pulling at the bottom of the mushroom stem (avoid excessive damage to your fruiting medium). 

Dry your mushrooms: Dry your mushrooms using your preferred method.

Read: Drying your mushrooms at home

Rehydrate your kit to induce another flush: Once you’ve harvested all the mushrooms in the kit, mist your monotub or grow bag generously, then place it back in fruiting conditions for 1 to 2 weeks and more mushrooms will grow. You can repeat this process until your mushroom grow kit is taken over by contamination or runs out of nutrients.

How to Choose Which Kit is Right For You

There are many determining factors when it comes to picking the right mushroom grow kit for your needs. Let’s go over some of the key factors.

Supplies

The range of tools and supplies within the mycology industry is vast, some products are essential, while others are a convenience. 

Do you like to have all the bells and whistles? If yes, our Myco Essentials Magic Mushroom Grow Kit is a great choice, as it contains a wide range of mycology products as well as the base mediums needed for cultivation. 

On the other hand, if you like to stick with the basics, our Shroom-Pro Magic Mushroom Spore Grow Kits will be a great choice for you.

Further down in this guide, I’ll discuss the contents of each kit in great detail.

Convenience

Convenience comes down to how much of the fungi cultivation process you want to take on and feel comfortable completing yourself. 

At the very least all of our kits offer sterilized mushroom spawn and genetics (spores). If you want to kick it up a notch you can add sterilized fruiting substrate and even small monotub fruiting chambers to your kit.

Price

Price plays a role in every purchase decision, we have priced our kits competitively while taking into account the price of supplies and labor involved with preparing our mushroom grow kits. 

Our most cost-effective kits are the Mushroom Spore and Spawn Bundles, then the price increases as we add more supplies and labor.

Compare Our Psychedelic Mushroom Grow Kits

 

Mushroom Spore Syringe & Rye Bundle

Shroom-Pro Magic Mushroom Spore Kit Small

Shroom-Pro Magic Mushroom Spore Kit Large

All-In-One Magic Mushroom Fruiting Kit

Myco Essentials Magic Mushroom Grow Kit

Genetics

2x spore syringe

1x spore syringe

2x spore syringe

1x spore syringe

2x spore syringe

Spawn

2x rye 2L bag 

1x rye 2L bag

2x rye 2L bag

1x rye & substrate all-in-one 5L bag 

2x rye 2L bag

Pre- Sterilized Spawn

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Substrate

No substrate

1x substrate 2L bag

2x substrate 2L bag

1x rye & substrate all-in-one 5L bag 

2x substrate 2L bag

Pre- Sterilized Substrate

N/A

Optional

Optional

Yes

Optional

Tools

No extra tools

Fruiting tub (optional)

Fruiting tubs (optional)

No extra tools

Mushroom bags,

P.P.E gear,

Poly-fil,

Micropore, Tape,

Fruiting tubs (optional)

Difficulty

Moderate

Easy-moderate

Easy-moderate

Easiest

Easy-moderate

Discount

20% OFF

5% OFF

10% OFF

25% OFF

15% OFF

Price

$60 – 68

$46 – 72

$80 – 120

$71 – 75

$105 – 143

Mushroom Spore Syringe & Rye Spawn BundleShroom-Pro Magic Mushroom Spore Grow Kit (S)Shroom-Pro Magic Mushroom Spore Grow Kit (L)All-In-One Magic Mushroom Fruiting KitMyco Essentials Magic Mushroom Grow Kit
Genetics2x spore syringe1x spore syringe2x spore syringe1x spore syringe2x spore syringe
Spawn2x rye 2L bag1x rye 2L bag2x rye 2L bag1x rye & substrate all-in-one 5L bag2x rye 2L bag
Pre- Sterilized SpawnYesYesYesYesYes
SubstrateNo substrate1x substrate 2L bag2x substrate 2L bag1x rye & substrate all-in-one 5L bag2x substrate 2L bag
Pre- Sterilized SubstrateN/AOptionalOptionalYesOptional
ToolsNo extra toolsFruiting tub (optional)Fruiting tubs (optional)No extra toolsMushroom bags,
P.P.E gear,
Poly-fil,
Micropore, Tape,
Fruiting tubs (optional)
DifficultyModerateEasy-moderateEasy-moderateEasiestEasy-moderate
Discount20% OFF5% OFF10% OFF25% OFF15% OFF
Price$60 - 68$46 - 72$80 - 120$71 - 75$105 - 143

Mushroom Spore Syringe & Rye Bundle

Grow Kit Includes:

  • 2x Pre-sterilized Rye grain spawn bags (4L total)
  • 2x Psychedelic spore syringe or gourmet liquid culture syringe (choose)

 

Description: This kit is the perfect fit for mycologists who want to make use of our sterilized rye grain spawn and psilocybin mushroom spores but wish to source/make their own fruiting substrate.

Pros: Save 20% OFF vs buying these items individually, pre-sterilized spawn, powerful mushroom genetics.

Cons: Doesn’t include fruiting substrate or other mycology supplies.

Shroom-Pro Magic Mushroom Spore Kit Small

Grow Kit Includes:

  • 1x Pre-sterilized Rye grain spawn bag (2L total)
  • 1x Fruiting substrate bag (choose sterilized or not) (2L total)
  • 1x Psychedelic spore syringe or gourmet liquid culture syringe (choose)
  • 1x 3T & 14A specialty mushroom bags
  • 0-1x 9L mushroom fruiting tub (optional)

 

Description: The Shroom-Pro Spore Kit (S) is perfect for mushroom enthusiasts looking for a small magic mushroom kit with all the basic growing mediums, genetics, and a fruiting apparatus included.

Pros: Save 5% OFF vs buying these items individually, pre-sterilized spawn, choose pre-sterilized substrate or not, and powerful mushroom genetics.

Cons: This is a small kit, which allows you to grow one strain. Does not include other mycology supplies like tape, gloves, spray bottles, etc.

Shroom-Pro Magic Mushroom Spore Kit Large

Grow Kit Includes:

  • 2x Pre-sterilized Rye grain spawn bags (4L total)
  • 2x Fruiting substrate bags (choose sterilized or not) (4L total)
  • 2x Psychedelic spore syringe or gourmet liquid culture syringe (choose)
  • 2x 3T & 14A specialty mushroom bags
  • 0-2x 9L mushroom fruiting tub (optional)

 

Description: The Shroom-Pro Mushroom Spore Kit (L) is perfect for people looking for a large magic mushroom kit with all the basic growing mediums, genetics, and a fruiting apparatus included.

Pros: Save 10% OFF vs buying these items individually, pre-sterilized spawn, choose pre-sterilized substrate or not, and two powerful mushroom genetics.

Cons: Does not include other mycology supplies like tape, gloves, spray bottles, etc.

All-In-One Magic Mushroom Fruiting Kit

Grow Kit Includes:

  • 1x Pre-sterilized rye grain spawn + substrate bag (5L total)
  • 1x Psychedelic spore syringe or gourmet liquid culture syringe (choose)
  • 1x 14A specialty mushroom fruiting bag
  • 1x Safe injection port

 

Description: 

Our All-In-One mushroom grows kit was designed with simplicity and convenience in mind, it’s the most beginner-friendly kit we offer. Both the spawn and substrate come pre-sterilized in one bag which also features an injection port. Perform all mushroom cultivation steps within one bag, even fruiting, which greatly simplifies things for folks and reduces your chances of contamination.

Pros: Save 25% OFF vs buying these items individually, everything is sterilized, with powerful mushroom genetics, a pre-installed injection port for safe inoculation, and fruit within the bag.

Cons: Does not include other mycology supplies like tape, gloves, spray bottles, etc.

Myco Essentials Magic Mushroom Grow Kit

Grow Kit Includes:

  • 2x Pre-sterilized Rye grain spawn bags (4L total)
  • 2x Fruiting substrate bags (choose sterilized or not) (4L total)
  • 2x Psychedelic spore syringe or gourmet liquid culture syringe (choose)
  • 5x 3T & 14A specialty mushroom bags
  • 0-2x 9L mushroom fruiting tub (optional)
  • 1x Spray Bottle (for misting)
  • 10x Nitrile Gloves
  • 5x Facemasks
  • 50g Poly-fil
  • 1x Micropore Tape

 

Description: The Myco Essentials kit is the perfect bundle for mycologists looking to purchase everything needed for mushroom growing all at once. You have the option of sterilizing all mediums with this kit as well as adding monotub fruiting chambers. Trust us you’ll find good uses for the extra P.P.E. gear as well as the micro-pore tape, poly-fil, and misting spray bottle.

Pros: Save 15% OFF vs buying these items individually, all the basic growing mediums, powerful mushroom genetics, fruiting apparatuses, and specialized mycology supplies.

Cons: Expensive but includes lots of extra mycology supplies.

How do Our Shroom Kits Stack Up Against the Competition

Several factors set our mushroom grow kits apart from our competition. One of the reasons customers choose our grow kits over others is our unparalleled customer service. We are willing to work with our customers to reach a positive outcome. If we make a mistake on your order or something arrives contaminated, contact us, and we will remedy the situation right away. 

Another key advantage we offer is the choice of so many different mushroom strains available in each magic mushroom grow kit, the possibilities are endless.

With many years of experience combined throughout our team, both as a mushroom business and a hobby you can trust that our products are created with love.

Psilocybin Mushroom Grow Kit FAQ

From beginning to end, it takes roughly 1 to 2 months depending on species, growing conditions, and techniques used.

It’s hard to say, as this can vary greatly depending on your setup and species. Somewhere between 19°C – 24°C or 66°F – 75°F. The warmer it is, the faster mold will develop, though if it’s too cold the harvest will not be as plentiful.

Pasteurization requires less intense heat and pressure when compared to full sterilization. Pasteurization can easily be done at home by yourself or we can pre-sterilize the substrate for an extra charge.

The All-In-One Mushroom Fruiting Kit.

No, the sterilized contents of each kit are sealed properly to prevent contamination during transit.

If you see water pooling on top of the fruiting medium, you have watered too much.

When there is no visible moisture on the inside of the monotub, it’s too dry. 

Although injection ports are a nice feature, they are not required for safe inoculation. Clean the injection area and your workstation, and then inject directly into the bulk of the spawn. Cover the hole with micro-pore tape or something similar.

There are too many variables with mushroom cultivation to accurately give you an estimate. We have done everything we can on our end to give you the best chances of success, now it’s up to you.

Yes, for your convenience all grain spawn within our grow kits come pre-sterilized.

Once all the mushrooms have been harvested, you can rehydrate the colonized mushroom substrate mixture to induce more mushroom growth. Simply mist the top where the mushrooms were growing. Make sure to not over hydrate, once the top looks damp all around, that should be plentiful. After hydrating, close the bag/tub. Store the bag in fruiting conditions and wait for more mushrooms to grow.

The way you treat your grow kit will determine how long it lasts. Complete all the required mushroom growing steps correctly and practice good sterile techniques and your kit should last multiple flushes. 

You can tell the grow kit is finished when it stops producing mushrooms even after you’ve rehydrated it or when the kit has been overtaken by contamination.

Whether you’re using the bag or monotub method to fruit from our grow kits, fruiting can happen very quickly. The aim is to pick the mushrooms right as or slightly before the veil has broken away from the cap. If the veil fully opens, it will release spores all over your substrate and the other smaller mushrooms, it makes a mess and can negatively affect your next flush.

When picking mushrooms from our kits, ensure it is done in a sterile environment. While wearing gloves that have been cleaned, begin harvesting the mushrooms on the outside first and work your way in. It will be a tight space, take your time and be careful.

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About the Author: Tyler Johnson

What began as foraging for mushrooms deep in the woods as a child has graduated to growing mushrooms, eating, cloning, writing, and now spreading the love of mushrooms to the world.

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