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Psilocybe Cyanescens

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Published on Nov 19, 2006

In order to ensure mushroom patches to stay alive and produce fruit bodies, there's some things you should make sure:

1. If you find a patch don't tell anyone, unless you are sure, the person is aware of the "rules" and follows them.

2. Some patches are quite big. You might only be able to reach a part of the fruits, without walking on the patch.
If so, do nature and yourself a favour and spare on the fruits you can't reach without stepping on the mycelium.

3. Don't take more than 2/3rds of the fruits with you, unless they're already mature as hell. They need to distribute their spores, so new patches can pop up.

4. Don't take any pins with you! Yes, their mass/potency rate is higher than the one of mature fruits. However, the mushroom does NOT stop producing alkaloids completely. This means, mature fruits ain't as potent per gram, as young fruits are, but their mass is MUCH bigger and in the end, you have a bigger mass of active alkaloids, than with small fruits. Furthermore, picking pins is more likely to harm the mycelium and you take away the chance for the mushrooms to do their job and spread their spores!

5. Use scissors or sharp knives to remove the fruits, Do not pluck them! Even if you're careful, the possibility for harming the mycelium is much higher with plucking!
Ripping out wood chips with the fruits, harms the mycelial structure. This doesn't only cost the mushroom energy, but also can cause the patch to dry out or get infected with bacteria.
Doing this will definitely result in the death of the mushroom sooner or later.

6. Do not "transplant" any patches. This isn't necessary at all. You can either take spore prints of the fruits you've collected and start new mushrooms from them via PF-Tek or take two or three mycelium covered wood chips with you, add moist and fresh wood chips to them and let the mycelium grow. It really isn't that hard. This way the patch stays alive and you can start new patches with the mycelium you've cultivated.

7. You probably won't be the only one to have found the patch. This means concorrence. Although this can be very frustrating, looting the patch, because you don't want someone else to have the fruits, or because you're afraid you won't get enough, is NOT what you should do.
In most cases, this will cause the patch to vanish pretty soon, because the treatment wasn't correct.
This way, nobody wins and the mushroom is the fucked one!

8. If you have any chance, refill the patch with fresh wood chips every spring, so the mushroom get's some new nutrients. Doing that can cause the patch to persist for many years.

9. Be careful and have fun!

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