Magic mushroom harvesting time, first flush
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!
When to harvest magic mushrooms
When mushrooms tear the veil and open their caps to release spores they stop their growth and stop building up the amount of psychoactive alkaloids. Opened caps is exact sign for harvesting and time to prepare your own spore prints (right after torn veil). Check out How to make magic mushrooms spore prints
Sometimes mushrooms develop and ripen 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 on the cake to develop for one more day.
For example, the first flush of fruiting and our first harvest we got in 2 steps (31-33 days after inoculation). On the first day, were harvested only fully-grown mushrooms with torn veil. Small mushrooms were left on the cake and cakes were sent back to the growbox for one more day. The next day the rest of our mushrooms had additional time to grow and we picked absolutely all mushrooms from the cake including the smallest mushrooms and primordias.
There is no reason to wait until all the mushrooms are fully-grown and torn veil. The sooner the flush is harvested, the faster the next flush will appear and the shorter the total cycle will be. Small mushrooms should be removed as well. Be careful with mushroom cake and casing layer during picking mushrooms! Don't damage it!
The first flush sometimes is not the most productive flush. Most often it has a lot of small mushrooms. The second and third flushes can be more productive after a good rehydration.
With every flush of fruiting there will be fewer and fewer mushrooms. But fruit bodies will be larger in size. On the last flush you'll find a few large and a few strange small mushrooms.
How to harvest magic mushrooms: pick or cut?
To remove mushrooms from the cake just twist them by rocking slightly to the sides. So that you won't damage mushroom cake.
If a piece of substrate comes off don't put it back, just throw it away.
If mushroom stump remains after picking try to remove it. Why? Because after rehydration such stumps can provoke contamination (rot).
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 careful with mushroom cake during picking shrooms! Don't tear it! Sloppy handling can lead to contamination, damage small pins and influences further pin setting and primordia development.
When there are very tiny pins and primordia (2-3 mm) you can leave them on the cake. There is an opinion that primordias after rehydration can also rot and kill the entire cake. It has never happened in our experience, actually we need to warn you. In general, pick as much as you can, but if you leave small pins and primordia it's not a problem. Moreover, some primordia continue their growth and development after rehydration on the next flush of fruiting.
Results of the first flush of fruiting and harvesting period (5 mushroom cakes) we got:
238.1 grams of wet mushrooms = 21.62 grams of dry shrooms + 12 spore prints
Detailed illustrated growing statistics with charts (each strain and each flush) find in the Growing Stats section.
To tell the truth, for the first flush it's a small harvest. But it's success!
Let's move on!
Now you need to dry or freeze mushrooms for storing, and you need to prepare mushroom cakes for further fruiting — rehydration. Hope for more productive second flush of fruiting and harvesting period of Psilocybe Cubensis.
First of all let's prepare our harvest for long-term storage — Step 13. Day 32-33. How to freeze, dry and store psilocybin mushrooms ▶️