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Growing Psilocybe Cubensis Indoors

Psilocybin Mushroom, also called “Magic Mushroom,” is a class of mushroom that grew in popularity around the world because of its psychedelic effects. The psychoactive chemicals contained in mushrooms of this variety are responsible for the mind-altering experiences of the users.

There are countless varieties of magic mushrooms all over the globe, but the most popular species is the Psilocybe Cubensis, commonly known as “Golden Top” or “cubes.” These shrooms are famous for their potency, and ease of access.

There are users who prefer to grow Psilocybe Cubensis indoors and within the comforts of their own home. This is made possible by the availability of Psilocybe Cubensis syringe spores in the market and the development of the PF-Tek in recent years.

PF- Tek or Psylocybe Fanaticus Technique is a popular and widely used method for cultivating magic mushrooms. Many users testify that it is the fastest effective way to personally grow psilocybin mushrooms. The main advantages of this technique are its simplicity and affordability. The materials needed are easy to obtain, while the process is simple enough for newbies to comprehend and follow.

How to Make the Substrate

What You’ll Need:

  • Vermiculite
  • Brown rice flour
  • Water
  • Prepare a half pint jar and punch four holes through the lid. Make sure to wipe the holes with a disinfectant or alcohol afterward.
  • Prepare the substrate

To make the substrate, mix the three ingredients in 2:1:1 ratio. Two parts vermiculite and one part each of the other two ingredients. Mixing the ingredients in the correct ratio is vital in achieving the right soil for the spores to grow.

For a half pint or 240 ml jar, mix 120 ml of vermiculite to 60 ml of brown rice flour and 60 ml of water.  Make sure that the bowl used in mixing the ingredients is big enough and thoroughly cleaned to avoid any contamination.

How To Put the Substrate Into the Jar

  1. Fill the jar with the substrate until half an inch of the jar rim. Loosen up the content with the use of a fork to ensure that they are not packed too tightly
  2. Add a layer of dry vermiculite on top to prevent contamination of the substrate.
  3. Use an alcohol to clean the edge of the jar.
  4. Put the lids on and cover the jar.

How To Steam Sterilize

  1. After the lids are tightly screwed on the jar, cover them with tin foil. Make sure the edges of the tin foil are secured well around the jar to keep water and condensation from entering through the holes.
  2. Prepare a large cooking pot and put a small towel inside. Place the jars on top.
  3. Add tap water until the mid-level of the jar. Use a moderate flame to bring the water to a slow boil.
  4. Put the lid on the pot and steam for around 70 to 90 minutes. Add hot tap water if the pot runs dry.
  5. After the steaming process, leave the jars in the pot overnight to cool them down to room temperature for the next process.

The Inoculation Process

  1. Prepare the syringe spores and sterilize the needle of the syringe by heating it with a lighter until it grows red hot. Let it cool and wipe it with alcohol, making sure it does not come into contact with bare hands.
  2. Inject the spores by removing the foil from the jar and inserting the syringe into one of the holes.
  3. Repeat the process on the other three holes. Wipe the needle after every injection.
  4. Use micro-pore tape to cover the holes.

The Colonization Process

  1. Put the inoculated jars somewhere it is not exposed to direct sunlight. Keep them at room temperature.
  2. In about 14 days, fluffy-looking mycelium should begin to show from the inoculation areas.

Strange colors and smells are signs of contamination. In such cases, dispose of the jars immediately in a secure bag without opening the lid.

Preparing the Grow Chamber

  1. Create a fruiting chamber with the use of a plastic storage container. Drill ¼-inch holes two inches apart all over it: on the lid, the sides, and the base.
  2. Place the edges of the container on four stable supports so that air can flow underneath it.
  3. Put the perlite into a strainer and soak it under running tap water.
  4. Drain the perlite until there are no evident drips and then spread it around the base of the fruiting chamber.
  5. Repeat the process to create a perlite that is four to five inches in depth.

The Fruiting Process

  1. To birth, the colonized substrates also called “cakes”, open the jars and take out the vermiculite on top carefully so as not to damage the “cakes.” On a disinfected surface, upend the jar and tap the base to release the “cakes” in one piece.
  2. To dunk the cakes, carefully rinse them in cold water to remove any excess vermiculite. Fill a cooking pot with warm water and put the cakes in. Use another pot to submerge the “cakes” beneath the surface and leave them at room temperature for 24 hours to allow the “cakes” to rehydrate.
  3. To roll the cakes, take them out of the water and on a disinfected surface. Grab a mixing bowl, fill it with vermiculite, and roll the “cakes” on it until fully coated.
  4. The “cakes” are ready to be transferred to a growing chamber. To do this, make squares out of tin foil for each of the “cakes” to sit on without touching the perlite when they are transferred. Ensure that the cakes are spaced evenly. Afterward, use a spray bottle to mist the chamber slightly.
  5. Monitor the condition of the chamber. Mist it four or five times a day and fan it with the lid regularly to keep the humidity in the desired level.

The Harvesting process

Within a range of about five to twelve days, the Psilocybe Cubensis should be ready for harvest. Pick them by cutting the stem just above the surface of the cake. It’s best to harvest the mushrooms right before their veil breaks. Waiting for them to reach full growth will decrease their potency.

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