This article was originally published on Psychedelic Spotlight and appears here with permission.
Growing mushrooms can be challenging, but mushroom grow kits can offer a simple solution. In this article, we'll tell you what you need to know before buying a mushroom grow kit.
If you're interested in growing mushrooms at home, whether for functional or psychedelic purposes, you may be intimidated by the steps involved in starting the process. From preparing the substrate to preventing contamination, the process can be arduous. Fortunately, mushroom grow kits can make your life easier, but you just have to know what to look out for before buying.
What Is A Mushroom Grow Kit?
A mushroom grow kit is a packaged product designed for cultivating mushrooms. It contains all the necessary materials required to grow mushrooms, including substrate, spores or spawn, and growing containers. Mushroom grow kits are specifically formulated to provide optimal growing conditions for different types of mushrooms, and they are typically easy to set up and use, making them a convenient option for both novice and experienced growers.
Photo of a mushroom grow kit. Source: Smugstown Mushrooms
One of the benefits of using a mushroom grow kit is that it simplifies the process of mushroom cultivation, making it accessible to beginners who may not have the knowledge or experience to create the ideal growing environment for mushrooms. Grow kits also offer a more controlled and predictable way to grow mushrooms, as the substrate and spores are already measured and prepared to the correct proportions.
Different mushroom grow kits are available for different types of mushrooms, and they may vary in terms of the yield, ease of use, and price. Some grow kits may also be specific to certain stages of the mushroom growth cycle, such as spawn kits for inoculating substrate or fruiting kits for promoting mushroom growth and fruiting. Ultimately, the right mushroom grow kit for you will depend on your preferences and the type of mushroom you want to grow.
What Kind Of Kit Should I Get?
When it comes to buying a mushroom grow kit, the type of mushroom you want to grow should be your top consideration. There are two main categories of mushrooms: functional and psychedelic. Functional mushrooms, such as shiitake, oyster, and portobello mushrooms, are popular for their health benefits and culinary uses. These mushrooms require different growing conditions and substrates compared to psychedelic mushrooms, such as Psilocybe cubensis, which are grown for their psychoactive compounds.
When selecting a functional mushroom grow kit, consider factors such as the desired yield, ease of use, and the type of substrate used. For example, shiitake mushrooms prefer hardwood sawdust as a substrate, while oyster mushrooms thrive on straw or coffee grounds. Each functional mushroom has its own unique growing requirements, and fortunately, mushroom grow kits take this into account to provide you an optimal yield.
On the other hand, if you're interested in growing psychedelic mushrooms, it's important to note that different strains of mushrooms have different growing requirements. One of the …