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How to pick magic mushrooms from your grow kit?

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As you're reading this, you are probably well on your way to harvesting your (first) flush. We can imagine the excitement for beginning cultivators, because we've all been there :). But wait! There's one final question that's burning in your mind: "how do I pick my magic mushroom from my grow kit?". No worries! The Magic Mushroom Shop Blog is here with instructions on how to pick magic mushrooms.


Cultivating magic mushrooms takes some time and effort. Some cultivators favor colonized grow kits like a B+ Magic Mushroom Grow Kit, widely known for being an easy and flexible grower. Others are emerged in the world of advanced cultivation and learned how to use a magic spore vial

At the end of the flush everyone ends up at the same point; picking those lovely mushrooms!


And you want to do it right!


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The aim is to pick the mushrooms in a considered manner, carefully separating them from the substrate so that your baby's remain beautiful, from the top of the cap to the bottom of the stem.


Being gentle is key!


It benefits the physical appearance of the mushrooms and the substrate, and it's optimal for mycelium network. Remember; the mycelium network still has to be alive and active for the next flush. 

Usually it takes 10-12 days for after the first pins start to show. In another article you can read when you should harvest. Assuming you're ready to harvest, we will now explain to you exactly how to pick magic mushrooms from your grow kit.

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How to pick magic mushrooms - instructions

Magic mushrooms should be picked right before the veil breaks from the stem or cap. Once the mushrooms are ready to harvest, the mushrooms should be gently separated from the substrate. It is preferred to go about this with a "twist and pull" technique:

  • Reach for the bottom of the stem with your thumb and index finger. 
  • Softly start twisting and pulling on the stem until the bottom starts to loosen up.
  • Apply more power, if necessary. But beware; don't jeopardize the surface of the substrate.
  • Complete the separation of stem and substrate and repeat this process with the other stems.

Instruction video

To make it easy we've also made an instruction video.


It's not that hard, right?


It might feel like a daunting operation at first. Most first time cultivators are terrified to tear up the substrate. But just keep calm, follow the instructions mentioned above and pick those mushrooms with a kind and steady hand. 


Ready for the next step? Read this article on how to dry and store your mushrooms.