How to Plant, Grow and Care for Magic Mushrooms?

A decade ago, ever heard someone mention magic mushrooms, and I was like, what the heck is that? My curiosity led me to research what would later turn out to be my most rewarding experience. Yes, Psilocybin mushrooms, popularly called magic mushrooms, are utterly fascinating. In this Article we ll get to know how to grow magic mushrooms, which is simple and easy.

Have you wondered how to plant, grow, and care for magic mushrooms, or do you just have tried them with zero luck? I got your back with some heavenly efficient steps. Seeing your magic mushroom thrive is very satisfying. It’s even more magical when you sample the harvest. Guess what! I want you to have that experience.

Growing magic mushrooms is easy as long as you take care of moisture and humidity in their surroundings. Unlike most plants, they don’t require sunlight to thrive. Growing magic mushrooms is very easy, and the ultimate way to have them succeed is by using a mushroom grow kit.

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What Is A Mushroom Grow Kit? 

This is a seed tray that facilitates the growth of mushrooms from spores. They are a legal way and a great alternative to buying your magic mushrooms. Mushroom grow kit ensures your magic mushroom gives you optimal satisfaction. 

What Is A Mushroom Grow Kit

They involve starting the magic mushrooms with a spore that develops a single magic mushroom, which produces several others. With a mushroom grow kit, you’re assured of more than one harvest. The mushroom grows kits are readily available online.

How to Identify Magic Mushrooms?

It may be hard to differentiate magical mushrooms from the many species mushrooms that exist. All of them ha ave a high resemblance. So, how can one single magic mushroom from the other species?

How to Identify Magic Mushrooms

Magic mushrooms have a unique reddish-brown cap and a white-yellowish stem. If you crush them, the color can change to blue. That’s arguably the best way to notice them.

Origin of Magic Mushrooms

Magic mushrooms are said to have originated from North Africa in 9000 B.C. However, it was until 1950 that people started consuming on a large scale. 

Their psilocybin component creates hallucinations and a sense of euphoria. Today, magic mushrooms are grown worldwide.

Best Conditions When Growing & Caring For Magic Mushrooms

location since they don’t require sunlight to grow, magic mushrooms thrive in dark places. Growing them in a basement will work pretty fine. The dark conditions and absence of the sun help in moisture retention, thus enhancing their spores’ reproduction.

  • Moisture

As alluded, mushrooms flourish in moist conditions. They require humid and damp growing media such as manure or compost.

  • Temperature

Magic mushrooms do best in a temperature range of 60-75F (15-240 C). Grow them far from dry air, and cool breeze-it restricts their growth.

  • Nourishment

Magic mushrooms require sugar, starch, protein, nitrogen, and fats to thrive. You can use compost consisting of straw and manure to supplement these nutrients.

In the absence of these materials, corn, sand, sawdust, and peat moss will come in handy.

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Tips on Growing and Caring for Magic Mushrooms

For optimal results when growing mushroom, these tips will help you reap the most out of your tomato grow kit.

  • Start by disinfecting your hands when planting and harvesting your mushroom.
  • Choose a clean workplace and let the doors and windows be closed. This ensures no micro bacteria drafts in.
  • Ensure that the temperature is at the correct level. You may even need to use a thermostat to control the temperature well.
  • Don’t put your mushroom grow kit near a heat source or in direct sunlight.
  • Never allow the surrounding’s temperature to surpass 350 C.
  • Always harvest your mushroom in time.

Tips on Growing and Caring for Magic Mushrooms

How To Plant, Grow And Care For Magic Mushrooms

Hereunder, I’ll guide you on three different and simple ways to grow magic mushrooms. Choose the methods that suit you.

#1. Using The Mushrooms Grow Kit

Hopefully, this simple and easy guide for growing your magic mushrooms will meet your needs. These mushrooms grow kit contain colonized rye that provides room for the highest yields. Follow the guide steps with precision, but here are some tips on mushroom grow kits:

  • Soak them for about 12 hours. The water will prepare them for the first flush.
  • Use your grow kit soonest, or
  • Put the kit in an airtight plastic bag and store the equipment under the temperature of 3-50 C. This shouldn’t exceed four weeks.
  • Use a spray bottle to mist its inner walls. This enhances humidity levels. Mist it twice a day until pins start appearing.


  • Misting bottle
  • Clean water
  • A well-lighted place (away from direct sunlight)
  • Thermometer (optional)
  • Mushroom heat mat (optional)

How To Plant, Grow And Care For Magic Mushrooms

Great, we’re now ready to go, follow these steps.

     1. Soak Your Grow Kit

  • Remove its lid.
  • Pour water on the kit until the container is full.
  • Put back the cover.
  • Allow the growing to rest for 12 hours so that it can soak thoroughly.

     2. Drain The Growing Kit After The 12 Hours

  • Remove the lid.
  • Clean it thoroughly under clean running water.
  • Drain excess water from your growing kit.

     3. Misting Of The Grow Bag

  • Carefully put the growing kit in the grow bag.
  • Mist its inner walls at least twice a day.
  • Ensure the humidity levels are within the range of 95-100%.

     4. Place The Grow Bag In The Correct Spot

  • Fold the top of your grows bag twice.
  • Fasten it with paperclips.
  • Please put it in a sunny location, far from direct sunlight (240 C).

Using The Mushrooms Grow Kit

     5. Open And Wave The Grow Bag

  • Wait for the first pins to appear, then open and wave the grow bag thrice a day. This helps eliminate any CO2 buildup. Magic mushrooms require lots of oxygen to thrive.
  • After that, spray once a day.

#2. Growing Magic Mushrooms Through Spores

Growing Magic Mushrooms Through Spores

  1. Cut the stem of your magic mushroom.
  2. Place it on a piece of wax paper while the gills of the cap is upside down.
  3. Cover the lids and let them stay still for a day.
  4. Look for a clean plastic container and put in fertile soil (alternatively, you can make your potting soil).
  5. Transfer the spores onto the plastic container.
  6. Cover it with a cellophane paper.
  7. Drill holes on the cellophane paper to allow enough circulation of air.
  8. Mist the soil with water to enhance humidity levels.
  9. Wait for your magic mushrooms to thrive and harvest as advised hereunder.

#3. Growing Magic Mushrooms From Mushroom Ends

Growing Magic Mushrooms From Mushroom Ends

Source for healthy mushrooms and proceed as follows.

  1. Extract the caps from the mushroom stems.
  2. Cut them into pieces.
  3. Look for a plastic container and put it in some sawdust.
  4. Spread the cut pieces throughout the box.
  5. Add a growing medium on top of the stems and fill up the container.
  6. Cover the container with a transparent cellophane paper.
  7. Drill holes on the cellophane paper to allow enough circulation of air.
  8. Mist the soil regularly to ensure proper circulation of oxygen.
  9. Place your container in a dark place with cold temps of 18-240 C.
  10. Wait for your magic mushrooms to thrive and harvest as advised hereunder.

How Long Does Magic Mushrooms Take To Mature?

Under ideal growing conditions, magic mushrooms will take 1-2 weeks before showing the first tiny mushroom pins. 

Colder temperatures slow the development of fruit bodies; therefore, always ensure the correct temps. Range.

Harvesting Magic Mushrooms

After the above steps, the mushrooms will be useful to grow until harvest. Harvest the first flush after three weeks of growth and pick the second on ten days later.

To know when to harvest the magic mushrooms, look at the veil underneath their caps. If it is broken, it’s an indication that you should start your harvest. However, I recommend that you harvest them before the veil breaks to hinder the spores from being released. Overall, it’s better to gather them earlier than too late.

After ascertaining they’re ready for harvest, pick them by dry sterilized hands. This reduces any potential damage and contamination. 

 Harvesting Magic Mushrooms

Pull them upwards by making a twisting motion at the base. Don’t use lots of force lest you damage the mycelium. You may use a gentle brush to brush off any remaining vermiculite. Harvest even the tiniest mushrooms.

After the first flush harvest, prepare the growing kit for the new color by following the guideline above. Usually, the equipment should produce three blooms. 

Storage of Magic Mushrooms

If you intend to consume them within ten days, you can store them in a refrigerator. If they’re for long-term use, you have to dry them. To do so, spread them on a clean surface and leave them to dry completely. 

Storage of Magic Mushrooms

When drying your magic mushrooms, do not let them touch each other as that could cause rot. Ideally, they take about ten days to dry. Afterward, please put them in an airtight container and store them inside a dark and dry refrigerator. They can stay for. 2-3 years.

Final Thoughts

The above planting methods, growing, and caring for magic mushrooms will guarantee you a good and healthy magic mushrooms’ harvest. Kindly follow the steps to the letter.

Personally, growing magic mushrooms stimulates my creativity and accrues me a pleasant feeling. Which method do I favor? Let me withhold that for now. But, we can discuss more on the same in the comments section hereunder. Meanwhile, I wish thee a rewarding mushroom growth experience.

About Jennifer Igra

Growing up in Brooklyn, New York City known for it’s green gardens. Jennifer, a 30 year old gardener and green living fanatic started Igra World to share her gardening journey and increase gardening awareness among masses. Follow Igra World to improve your gardening skills.

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