Xico magic mushroom spore prints are produced under sterile conditions and should be kept dark and refrigerated (2-8°C) to increase the shelf life of the Cubensis spores.
How to use the Xico spore print
When it comes to germinating spores from a spore print you get a lot of different options. It is recommended that you use agar for our prints.
First method: Use sterile scalpel, inoculation loop, or any other sterile tool to sparingly scrape spores off of the print onto your choice of agar medium.
Second method: A sterile swab can be used to pick up spores from print and apply it to agar. Make a zig-zag pattern with the swab on to your plate. Be sure to give it a bit of pressure to ensure spore transfer. If you like you can use the left over swab on another plate or you could even skip the zig-zags and right to the next step. Using sterile methods remove the tip of the swab and place it into your agar, pushing it down past the surface.
All of these methods can be used together or in combinations. Whatever works best for you!
Study spores and research using a microscope
Seen from a scientific point of view; all Psilocybe Cubensis are alike. But they do differ slightly in appearance and fruiting speed (phenotype). There are numerous Psilocybe Cubensis that have different phenotypes. These different Cubensis are not considered subspecies, but different strains. Xico is a strain of Psilocybe Cubensis.
The differences in phenotype can be seen with the naked eye, but the true beauty lies under the microscope. The wondrous world of the spores. Many of our customers are scientists or enthusiasts, doing research on these differences in a homemade laboratory. After having prepared your microscope slide, scrape some spores onto it and put a small drop of distilled water on the spores and stir them together. Cover the specimen with a microscope covering glass. The best magnification for Psilocybe Cubensis and Panaeolus Cyanescens spore research is a magnification of 1000x or higher.
How to store a spore print
The Xico spore print should be stored refrigerated in a temperature between 2°C – 8°C or 35°F – 46°F. The shelf life of the spore swab is at least 12 months after they leave our warehouse.