This species is a wood-loving mushroom, and its cultivation process differs from other Psilocybe varieties. In this guide, we will outline the steps to successfully grow Psilocybe allenii outdoors using wood chips as a substrate, you can follow our P. cyanescens guide if you want to cultivate indoors, just change the environmental parameter.
The cultivation of Psilocybe allenii begins with obtaining a clean culture. This can be achieved by starting with spores and transferring them to agar petri dishes. In a sterile environment, inoculate the spores onto the agar using a homemade inoculation loop. Select the best dishes with healthy mycelium growth and transfer them to fresh petri dishes.
It’s time to move on to the next phase: Rye grain bags. Sterilize the rye grain bags, and once cooled, inoculate them with the culture. Seal the bags and incubate them at room temperatures (spawn run). The colonization process may take around three weeks.
When the rye grain bags are fully colonized, it’s time to transfer the mycelium to wood-based substrates. Experiment with different options, such as pasteurized cardboard or pasteurized sawdust. Choose a substrate that is suitable for the growth of Psilocybe allenii. Inoculate the substrates with a portion of the colonized rye grain bag.
To create an outdoor woodchip bed, remove any unwanted vegetation and lay down the woodchips. Psilocybe allenii prefers hardwood chips, but other wood types can also be used. Place the colonized substrate on top of the woodchips. Make sure the bed is labeled for easy identification.
Maintain moisture levels by watering the beds periodically, especially during dry periods. Covering the beds with cardboard and placing stones on top can help retain moisture. In the fall, remove the cardboard to allow natural rainfall to provide moisture.
Psilocybe allenii requires cool temperatures for fruiting. Typically, fruiting occurs between September and January in colder weather. Be patient, as it may take some time for the mushrooms to appear. Regularly check the beds for any signs of growth, such as mushroom caps and white rhizomorphs near the base.
In conclusion, cultivating Psilocybe allenii is a process that requires attention to detail and patience. By following the steps outlined in this guide and adapting them to your specific conditions, you can increase your chances of successfully growing this unique and potent species of mushroom outdoors.