The Mushroom Spore Syringe
A mushroom spore syringe is a specialty item that is made from, you guessed it, a 10ML syringe, sterile water, and mushroom spores. These items can be used to identify mushroom species found in the wild, by comparing spores that have been taken from previously identified specimens, to the spores you found in the wild. A spore syringe can also be used to inject the spores into a substrate such as grain spawn, or “pf tek cakes,” which will allow the spores to germinate and grow into mycelium – the actual fungus that produces mushrooms.
How to Get a Spore Syringe
If you want to buy a spore syringe, purchasing them online is your best bet. Your items come in the mail within a few days, in discreet packaging. In our online store we carry many different species of mushrooms specifically for identification purposes. It’s important to know that you are buying from a professional company, that properly makes your items. Many of the vendors online do not offer legitimate items, and often come contaminated or otherwise unusable.
One could also attempt to buy a spore syringe from a local novelty store, but often these items are totally fake.
How to Store
After receiving your spore syringe, you may need to store your item. It is possible to store them in your refrigerator for extended periods of time, without any worry. Do not allow the item to become exposed to temperatures under 34 degrees, or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Although freezing typically does not hurt spores, the expansion of the frozen water can damage the syringe, which will contaminate the item, rendering it useless.
How to Use
Fortunately using a spore syringe is very easy for a beginner. The item comes pre-made, all you have to do is install the needle, if the syringe comes from a professional source. Relying on a professional spore vendors ability to create an item that only contains the spores that you need, you can just drop one or two drops of solution onto a microscope slide, and view the spores at 400x – 1000x magnification.
For cultivation purposes, all that is needed to be done is to inject about 1 ML of solution into the desired substrate, and incubate the substrate at the appropriate temperature. Depending on the species, you may need to check your local laws to determine if you need a permit, or license to cultivate. Some species, including mushrooms that produce the chemicals psilocin or psilocybin are illegal to cultivate in the United States.