While it’s great to start using mushroom spores right away, sometimes that simply isn’t practical. As such, storing psilocybin spores and spore syringes properly is essential to maintaining their viability and potency over time.
Consider some best practices for storing mushroom spores and spore syringes:
- Spore prints: Spore prints should be stored in a cool, dry place. Ideally, they are to be sealed in an airtight container, such as a glass jar or a plastic bag. It’s also a good idea to store spore prints in the refrigerator, as this can extend their lifespan.
- Spore syringes: Spore syringes should also be stored in a cool, dark and dry place. The best spore syringes can also be stored in the refrigerator or freezer to extend the lifespan of your spores significantly. As a fun fact, the spores of psilocybe cubensis mushrooms can often be stored for well over a year under these ideal conditions.
- Labeling: It’s important to label spore prints and spore syringes with the strain and date of collection. That way, you will be able to keep track of the age and origin of the spores, which is of great help when you’re growing a number of different species and cultures during different times of the year.
- Handling: Finally, when handling spores or spore syringes, it’s important to use sterile technique to prevent psilocybin spore contamination. This can include wearing gloves and using a laminar flow hood or other sterile environment. Without proper handling, all the careful measures you take to store your spores over time could be rendered completely useless.