Out of all the materials you can farm in Minecraft, mushrooms are among the most fickle. If you choose to do things the more traditional way, these little fungi can prove quite challenging when it comes to farming them. However, though, there is a much easier method that we will go over as well, in case you want to do things quickly and easily.
How to Grow Mushrooms in Minecraft
The Traditional Way
Mushrooms are pretty unique in the fact that they don’t absolutely need high levels of light and water in order to thrive; light is actually almost detrimental as light levels need to be low where you’re growing them. Mushrooms grow, ideally, in an underground or indoor location where you can control light levels: you’ll need to keep them low but not so low that zombies or creepers can spawn, probably between 8 and 12 where and if you can.
Most people suggest keeping your mushroom farms small if you’re going underground. If you’re going to go underground it’s probably best to do so in the Nether as enemies don’t often spawn in tighter areas there.
Mushrooms will grow in just about any type of soil and will grow in a 9x9x3 area until there are 5 mushrooms in that area, providing each and every one of those blocks in that area are not illuminated higher than a level of 12.
The Quick and Dirty Way
Alternatively, if you need mushrooms quickly and you want a lot, there’s a much easier way to do this. If you’ve any podzol or mycelium, you won’t have to worry about light levels at all. Additionally, if you have any bone meal kicking around, things can go even easier because you’re able to make gigantic mushrooms if you use it on any growing mushrooms.
One thing you’ll want to note is that before you go this route, especially if you’ll using bone meal, you’ll want to space things out by quite a bit and have quite a bit of ceiling clearance as these mushrooms will grow big and wide. If the caps run into anything that will result in a dead mushroom and nobody wants that.
It’s truly as simple as planting the mushroom you want on some of the above-mentioned soil and then, ideally, sprinkle some bone meal on it and watch your huge mushroom burst straight out of the soil in front of you. The more you use, the faster it goes, and it seems a few shakes is really all it takes.
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Considering mushrooms are a fairly vital ingredient in some food items, it’s great that you have multiple options in how to farm them.