Red Boy Spores
Red Boy spores sold for the purposes of microscopic study. Each syringe is prepared in front of a laminar flow hood under strict laboratory conditions. Spores legally produced in Jamaica.
What does your order contain:
–BD™ Safety-Lok™ syringe containing Red Boy spores suspended in either 3ml or 10ml of distilled and sterilised H2O
–18g x 1.5inch BD™ microlance needle
–70% isopropyl alcohol swab
It is illegal to cultivate these spores in the UK. If you make it known that you intend to use this item for cultivation you will be banned from the website and subsequent purchases will be cancelled. You must be 18 years of age to purchase this item.
£4.99 – £9.99
According to the Shroomery website the Red Boy Cubensis strain was thought to be lost:
"Redboy was a popular cube a few decades ago but it was thought by many to be long lost. RogerRabbit had an old print and used almost all his spores attempting to get it to germinate. It was simply too old. He had to resort to crossing Redboy with Puerto Rico and a little rattlesnake venom. It worked. Here's the story in RogerRabbit's own words:
'After 20 years of sleeping, the RedBoy lives! A mycological Coup d'Etat had to be pulled off to get this mushroom back after 20 years. The spores would simply NOT germinate. Monokaryotic Puerto Rico mycelium was allowed to crawl over the non-germinating original 20 year old redboy spores in a petri dish, resulting in a 50/50 cross between the redboy spores and the PR mycelium, without the original spores ever germinating, which they were no longer capable of after 20 years. Rattlesnake venom was added to the agar after cooling to weaken both the cell walls of the spores, and the cell walls of the mycelium, allowing the nucleus from each to exchange genetic information between them. The experiment was duplicated with the offspring, resulting in a 75% pure strain, which was then released to the public.
The result is a 'cross' between the original ungerminated redboy spores and a cubensis from Puerto Rico. Even though this is a cross,(NOT hybrid since it's two strains of the same species) you can clearly see the red colour of the spores.'"
Variety: Red Boy
Spores: Dark brown-red, subellipsoid, 10 by 7 micrometres on 4-spored basidia.
Habitat: Bovine, Equine Dung and Enriched Soils
Cap: 25-75 mm in diameter, hemispheric to convex expanding to broadly convex to nearly plane with age. Dark red maturing to golden brown and dark reddish brown. Fine fibrillose veil remnants when young that soon disappear. Flesh yellowish-white soon bruises green.
Stem: 40-100+ mm in length. Typically slightly enlarged at base, sometimes fuzzy. Yellowish opalescent looking flesh bruising green, hollow. Partial veil remnants leaving a persistent membranous annulus that is well dusted with red-brown spores.
Gills: Attachment adnate to adnexed. Grayish coloration in young fruit bodies becoming nearly black in maturity.
How do I store Red Boy spores?
Spores should be stored in a cool, dark and dry environment. You can also store spores in the fridge (just make sure the syringe is in a clean zip-lock bag such as the packaging the spores are sent in).
Can I freeze my Red Boy spore syringe?
DO NOT allow spores to freeze. This is not as you would rightly be guessing that it is a bummer to have to wait for your syringe to defrost before being able to view the spores under the microscope. The issue is that the spore cells will burst as the water expands on freezing.
How long can I keep my Red Boy spores before using?
Spore syringes should be ideally used as soon as possible. If stored correctly the spores will be fine for 6 months. The longer you leave the spore syringe the more chance of contamination being present when viewing under the microscope.
Can I reuse my Red Boy spore syringe if I have some spore solution left?
Yes! The best thing to do is leave the needle on and flame sterilise before storing with the needle cover put back on. DO NOT remove the needle to put the syringe cap back on as this will allow an opportunity for contamination to occur. When you come to use your spore syringe again please flame sterilise again before pushing a small amount of the spore solution out of the needle. You are now able to carry on your microscopic studies.
How do I get my Red Boy spore syringe ready for the microscope?
The aim of the game when viewing spores under the microscope is cleanliness. This means 1) you need to be as clean as possible, 2) your environment needs to be as clean as possible and 3) your equipment needs to be as clean as possible.
For you to be as clean as possible have a shower, wear clean clothes, and give your hands a good clean with 70% isopropyl aclohol (or where sterile gloves).
To work in a clean environment ideally you will be using a Still Air Box (you can see how to make one here) or a flow hood. If you do not have access to these then the next best thing is to work in a clean and draft free room. We are trying to eliminate as much as possible the chance of something landing on your slide other than your selected spores.
Give your equipment a good clean with 70% isopropyl alcohol as well. At this point we are ready to re-clean our hands with the alcohol wipe, remove the syringe cap and attach the supplied sterile needle ready for use.
How do I view my Red Boy spores under the microscope?
Please see instructions below.
Can I purchase Red Boy spores in print form?
Yes you can purchase this here.
What is the most popular strain of Psilocybe Cubensis?
The most popular strain of Psilocybe Cubensis is the Golden Teacher.
It is currently illegal to cultivate Psilocybe Cubensis spores in the UK and many parts of the world. To learn more about the legality of Psilocybe Cubensis spore syringes please read Are Spore Syringes Legal?.
We recommend viewing mushroom spores at a minimum of x400 magnification using a microscope. Learn more about the process of viewing spores under a microscope by reading this abbreviated excerpt, taken from the book “Fascinated by Fungi”, written by Pat O’Reilly. The book can be purchased from Amazon.