How to Store Mushroom Spore Syringes, and Spore Prints.

Store spore syringes

How to Store Mushroom Spore Syringes, and Spore Prints.

The Shelf life of prints and syringes

When it comes to cultivating mushrooms, proper storage of spores and spore syringes is essential for successful growth. Failure to do so, can cause failed grows from non viable spores. In this guide, we will discuss how to store mushroom spores and spore syringes to maintain their viability for longer periods.

Storing Mushroom Spores

How to Store Mushroom Spores

  • Keep spore prints in a cool, dark place.
  • Store in a sealed container to prevent contamination.
    How to store mushroom spores
    Believe it or not, Life on the shelf expands the shelf life of mushroom spores and cultures.

How Long Do Mushroom Spores Last?

  • Spore syringes can last from 6 months to a year in stored in the fridge.
  • Store in a plastic bag to prevent your liquid cultures or spore syringes from any nasty bacteria that may be lurking in your fridge. Chances are there is some.
  • Syringes will still be usable if stored at room temperature for a couple of months.
  • Check for contamination before using spore syringes.

Storing Spore Syringes

How to Store Spore Prints

  • Spore Prints can last for years if stored in a slightly cool to room temperature environment.
  • Do not store spore prints in the refrigerator, this can lead to excessive moisture buildup.

Additional Tips

Can you Freeze Mushroom Spores?

  • Avoid freezing spore syringes as it may damage spores. Although spores can withstand freezing temperatures it is not recommend to prolonged periods of time. Sometimes they will freeze when shipped in the cold winter months. This will not kill the spores.

How to Store Spore Prints

  • Store spore prints in a zip-lock bag with a silica gel packet.
  • Keep prints away from direct sunlight and moisture.

How Long Do Liquid Cultures Last

  • Liquid cultures can remain viable for up to 6 months when refrigerated.
  • It is highly recommended to store liquid culture syringes in the the fridge.

How Long Do Mushroom Spores Survive

  • Under proper storage conditions, mushroom spores can survive for several years.

How Long Do Spore Syringes Last Room Temperature

  • Spore syringes stored at room temperature may last for a couple months before losing viability.
  • Stick to these guidelines on storing your mushroom spores and spore syringes, you can increase the success rate of your mushroom cultivation projects.