Growing Magic Mushrooms
If you would like to grow your own magic mushrooms, two very good methods exist. These are the PF TEK-method and the magic mushrooms growing guide.
You can download both documents at the bottom of this page. Both methods are quite complicated and consist of about 40 pages of technical information. Therefore we recommend the beginning home grower to start with a grow kit, with the difficult work already done. Another advantage is that you can use the spores (which you can catch from your grow kit) to start your own culture after finishing your first grow kit.
Buy a prepared grow-kit
1. Make a terrarium.
2. Provide the terrarium with the right climate.
3. Harvest, about 5 times.
To activate your magic mushroom growing kit, simply buy or make a terrarium. An old aquarium is perfect as long as you can make it air-tight. Some samples of terrariums.
The diagonal plate is handy against leaking, but is not necessary. Place 2 to 3 inches of water at the bottom of the tank. Make sure that the water is boiled so it does not contain any contaminants. At the top of the terrarium some ventilation holes are located. Cover these with filter paper (coffee filters are perfect) to prevent outside air particles containing mould or fungal spores from entering the terrarium. Wear gloves and a face mask, open the grow kit inside the terrarium and close the lid of the terrarium quickly to prevent freely floating spores from settling onto the grow kit. When the top casing layer is white and lumpy hills are starting to form, then expose the terrarium to light for 8 hours a day. Don't use lights, only a little bit of daylight is sufficient. Make sure that the temperature remains at 23-25 degrees Celsius. Hang a temperature meter and if necessary, an aquarium heater inside the terrarium. It can take a week before you see the first mushroom growing.
Harvesting magic mushrooms
When harvesting the magic mushrooms you should wear gloves and just gently twist the mushrooms out of the casing layer. Then redistribute the casing layer and wait for the next flush. Do not let the mycelium dry. You can spray the mycelium, but not directly, and always with boiled or distilled water. Remember that contaminants are everywhere, so try to keep the grow kit as isolated as possible inside the terrarium. Always wash your hands, wear gloves and a face mask before handling the grow kit.
Download PF TEK-method: The PF TEK is basically a brown rice method with an improved formula by using vermiculite as a base and adding pulverized brown rice. The secret is in the vermiculite. When mycelium is cultured in just grain, the mycelium turns into a mass with little airspace. But when grown with vermiculite, the mycelia threads stretch across space. The important thing about the PF TEK, is that it copies nature. A mass spore inoculation is employed directly to the fruiting substratum. That way, the genotype remains complete. The spores insure a never ending succession of fungus, with all the power of the spores’ reproductive ability intact. Check the PF-TEK homepage for the latest modifications. Download the French version; Download the Dutch version
Download Magic mushroom growers guide: This document provides complete directions for growing psilocybin mushrooms in your home. This guide is intended to help you grow Psilocybe cubensis (Amazonian strain) mushrooms. This document intends to enable the first time grower to succeed at a minimal cost and with a minimal effort. Check the Magic mushroom growers guide homepage for the latest version.