Whether you’re cultivating Psilocybin mushrooms or another species, you will need a spore syringe to inoculate your substrate (the nutrient-rich grow medium for the mushroom strain) with spore solution. One spore syringe contains millions of quality spores, floating in a sterile solution. It is the ideal medium to use when starting a fungus, or to add spores to another growing medium.
Spores are the first step of a long and complex process that ends in the fruiting of mushrooms. The spores will only become active and produce psilocybin once they germinate, or grow into mycelium, the lace-like network of fungal threads that forms a large part of the mushroom’s body.
Before using a spore syringe, make sure you are working in a clean environment and that your hands are properly disinfected. You will also want to sterilize your syringe by placing it in a pressure cooker and heating it until it is red-hot, or by using a flame under a laminar flow hood.
Once the syringe is sterilized, remove it from the heat and let it cool to room temperature before you take out the needle with your hand or with a sterile pair of forceps. Once the needle is out, shake the syringe and inject a small drop of the spore solution onto a clean microscope slide. Place a cover glass over the microscope slide and allow it to dry at room temperature for a few days before you’re ready to do some microscopic research or inoculate your substrate. Psilocybin spore syringe