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7.Substrate sterilization (before adding mushroom spores)
8.Inoculation without glove box
9.Incubator control
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11.Cold shock for mushrooms
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13.How to grow mushrooms in the bottle
14.Start of fruiting, pinhead initiation
15.How to make mushroom spore prints
👉Mushroom harvesting time
17.How to dry and store mushrooms
18.Rehydration of mushroom cakes
19.Second flush of mushroom harvest
20.Third flush of mushroom harvest
21.Fourth flush of mushroom harvest
22.Fifth flush of mushroom harvest
23.Sixth flush of mushroom harvest
24.Disposing of mushrooms cakes
25.Mushroom growing statistics with charts
26.Mushroom growing experiments
27.Mushroom growing conclusions
28.Overlay & Stroma
29.Mushroom aborts
30.Mushroom metabolites
31.Mushrooms contaminants
32.Mushroom candies and mushroom chocolate recipes
33.Mushroom capsules for microdosing
34.Mushroom microdosing
35.Preparing for psychedelic trip
36.How to deal with bad trip
37.Mushroom tea
38.Liquid spore VS Liquid culture
39.Grain to grain transfer
40.Contamination: Cobweb mold
41.Magic of Golden Teacher mushrooms
42.Pink Buffalo magic mushrooms strain

Step 12. Day 31-33. Harvesting guide: how to harvest magic mushrooms

First flush of fruiting psilocybe cubensis

The most exciting moment for every mushroom cultivator! You couldn't even imagine the emotional spectrum at this moment. Amazing feelings... Take a look!

First flush of harvesting period. Psilocybe Cubensis: GT, Thai, Brazil
31-32 days after inoculation. First flush of harvesting period. Psilocybe Cubensis: GT, Thai, Brazil


First magic mushrooms harvesting
First psilocybin mushrooms harvest


First flush of growing psilocybin mushrooms Psilocybe Cubensis
First flush of fruiting psilocybin mushrooms Psilocybe Cubensis. Festive table in Fungi honor


33 days after inoculation. Golden Teacher. First flush of harvesting period
Psilocybe Cubensis Golden Teacher strain. 32 days after inoculation. First flush of harvesting period


First flush of harvesting psilocybe cubensis Thai strain
Psilocybe Cubensis Thai strain (cake 1). 31 days after inoculation. First flush of fruiting and harvesting period.


Psilocybe Cubensis Thai strain (cake 2). First flush of fruiting and harvesting period. 31 days after inoculation
Psilocybe Cubensis Thai strain (cake 2). 31 days after inoculation. First flush of fruiting and harvesting period.


Psilocybe Cubensis Brazil strain (cake 1). 31 days after inoculation. First flush of fruiting and harvesting magic mushrooms


Psilocybin mushrooms Brazil strain. First flush of fruiting and harvesting magic fungus
Psilocybe Cubensis Brazil strain (cake 1). 31 days after inoculation. First flush of fruiting and harvesting period


Height of first magic mushrooms is about 5-8 cm. First harvest of Psilocybe Cubensis
Height of first magic mushrooms is about 5-8 cm. First harvest of Psilocybe Cubensis


When to harvest magic mushrooms

When mushrooms tear the veil and open their caps to release spores they stop their growth. From this time they also stop increasing the amount of psychoactive alkaloids. Opened caps is the exact sign for harvesting!

Torn veil as sign for mushroom harvesting
Torn veil as sign for mushroom harvesting

The best time to prepare your own spore prints right after torn veil.
🔴 Recommended article: How to make magic mushrooms spore prints


Sometimes mushrooms ripe unevenly. All mushrooms (even small ones) should be picked during the peak of the harvest or the day after it.

You can pick them partially. On the first day you can pick mushrooms with torn veil only and let small shrooms to grow for one more day.

For example, the first flush of fruiting and our first harvest we got in 2 steps. On the first day were harvested only mature mushrooms with torn veil. Small mushrooms were left on the cake. The next day absolutely all mushrooms were picked from the cake (including the smallest mushrooms).

In fact we are waiting for "torn veil" moment to make spore prints with mature spores. If you don't need spore prints you can pick mushrooms of the different sizes

There's no reason to wait until all the mushrooms are mature and tear the veil. The sooner the flush is harvested the faster the next flush appear the shorter the total cycle. Small mushrooms should be removed as well. It is often the first flush (multiculture cultivation) isn't the most productive. The second and third flushes can be more productive after dunking in water aka rehydration. Fruit bodies will be larger.

As the nutrient substrate is depleted there will be fewer and fewer crops. On the last flush you'll find a few large or a few small strange mushrooms and aborts

How to harvest magic mushrooms: pick or cut?

Twist mushrooms by rocking slightly to the sides and remove them gently. So that you won't damage mushroom cake and reduce the risk of contamination.

If a piece of substrate comes off don't put it back. Just throw it away.

If a piece of mushroom stump remains after picking try to remove it. Why? Because after rehydration such stumps can provoke contamination (wet rot). It's not a common situation, just be warned this happens.

Before rehydration all mushrooms should be removed. Mushroom cake should be totally bald, thus preparing it for the next step — rehydration and new flush of fruiting.

❗️Be gentle with mushroom cake and casing layer during picking mushrooms. Don't damage it!

Leave small pinheads and primordia (2-3 mm) on the cake. There is an opinion primordia after rehydration can rot and kill the entire cake. It has never happened in our experience, actually we need to warn you.

Pick as much as you can. If you leave small pins and primordia on the cake it's not a problem . Moreover, primordia continue their growth on the next flush of fruiting.

Results of the first flush of fruiting and harvesting period (5 mushroom cakes):

238.1 grams of wet mushrooms = 21.62 grams of dry shrooms + 12 spore prints

Final results of the first flush of fruiting and harvesting period. Dried psilocybin mushrooms (21,62 grams) and 12 spore prints for storing
Final results of the first flush of fruiting and harvesting period. Dried psilocybe cubensis (21,62 grams) and 12 spore prints for storing

To be honest, it's a pretty small crop.

🔴 Detailed illustrated growing statistics with charts (each strain and each flush) you can check in the Magic mushrooms growing statistics with charts


What happened if we leave mushrooms on the cake for a long time?

Torn veil means spores are ready for spreading around. It is an endless process in nature. From this moment mushrooms stop increasing psilocybin, psilocin and baeocystin.

If you leave mushrooms for a long time to sporulate everything around will be covered with spores. More examples in the photos and video below:

When you failed to pick mushrooms in time. Credit: mrZimm
When you failed to pick mushrooms in time. Credit: mrZimm


Hurry up!


Moreover, overripe mushrooms loose psychoactive alkaloids and can provoke wet rot.

Harvest in time!

What to do next?

Now let's prepare mushroom yield for long-term storage and groom mushroom cakes for rehydration

🔴 Recommended article: How to freeze, dry and store psilocybin mushrooms
🔴 Recommended article: Mushroom cake rehydration

The next step of our growing diary — Step 13. Day 32-33. How to freeze, dry and store psilocybin mushrooms ▶️

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1.How to grow mushrooms at home
2.Stuff to buy for growing
3.Liquid mushroom spore syringe
4.Choose and prepare substrate
5.Cooking the substrate
6.Preparing Jars for spawn
7.Substrate sterilization (before adding mushroom spores)
8.Inoculation without glove box
9.Incubator control
10.Casing of mushroom cakes
11.Cold shock for mushrooms
12.DIY Grow Box. Mushrooms fruiting conditions
13.How to grow mushrooms in the bottle
14.Start of fruiting, pinhead initiation
15.How to make mushroom spore prints
👉Mushroom harvesting time
17.How to dry and store mushrooms
18.Rehydration of mushroom cakes
19.Second flush of mushroom harvest
20.Third flush of mushroom harvest
21.Fourth flush of mushroom harvest
22.Fifth flush of mushroom harvest
23.Sixth flush of mushroom harvest
24.Disposing of mushrooms cakes
25.Mushroom growing statistics with charts
26.Mushroom growing experiments
27.Mushroom growing conclusions
28.Overlay & Stroma
29.Mushroom aborts
30.Mushroom metabolites
31.Mushrooms contaminants
32.Mushroom candies and mushroom chocolate recipes
33.Mushroom capsules for microdosing
34.Mushroom microdosing
35.Preparing for psychedelic trip
36.How to deal with bad trip
37.Mushroom tea
38.Liquid spore VS Liquid culture
39.Grain to grain transfer
40.Contamination: Cobweb mold
41.Magic of Golden Teacher mushrooms
42.Pink Buffalo magic mushrooms strain

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