If you have been keeping up with our entries here at Blue Buddha Canada, your trusted provider of premium cannabis and magic mushrooms in the area in the past months, you would have already probably read our entry on the most common mistakes that a budding mushroom grower should avoid. With that as our launching pad, let us now dive into cultivating your very own yield.
Before anything else, this entry will comprise of two parts because, as you have probably figured out by now, growing magic mushrooms in Vancouver, British Columbia is a bit complicated because of certain factors such as:
- Air and ground temperatures
- Humidity and air exchange
- Substrate quality
- Light conditions
- And More
That said, we have made the process as simple and straightforward as possible for you.
In Part 1 of this two-part entry, we will be tackling the making your birthing cake to comprise Phase One.
Here’s what you will need:
- A syringe with hypodermic needles containing the mushroom spores of your choice
- Sterilized inoculation jar(s) with a substrate
- Latex gloves and face masks
- Rubbing alcohol and disinfectant spray to keep everything sanitary and disinfected
- A lighter
- Paper towels
With all these complete, you are now ready to start with Phase 1.
The goal of this phase is to create a birthing cake. This usually takes 2 to 4 weeks after spore germination to completely colonize the ‘cake’ or that circular block (if you used a circular container) which holds the mycelium together and where mushrooms will sprout.
- Step one is to sterilize everything where you will do the whole process–wipe down your inoculation jars with alcohol and every surface in the room. This is to keep bacteria from attacking your magic mushroom strains in British Columbia even before they see the light of day.
- Ideally, your ‘lab’ must be small so you can have more control over the temperature, humidity, and, of course, to keep the clean-up minimal.
- Step two is to inoculate or to introduce your spore into the inoculation jars. Make sure to shake your syringe evenly before inserting the needle into the port of your jar. Leave your jar in a dark, warm place with a steady temperature of at least 26.6°C or 80°F.
- Step three is to wait for 5 days first then 15 days or more depending on your preference. Five days is to check for growth. There should be a white, fuzzy substance called the mycelium at this point. On the other hand, 15 days is when you would hopefully have a birthing cake already and can proceed to the next phase.