Out of all of Minecraft’s farmable materials, none are as fickle as the mushroom. This finicky fungus only grows in specific conditions, some of which can pose a health risk to your character. This guide should tell you everything you need to know about how to grow mushrooms in Minecraft.
How to Grow Mushrooms
Since mushrooms aren’t plants, they don’t need the same in-game necessities such as water or even light. In fact, light is mostly detrimental to mushroom cultivation, and you can’t place them in direct sunlight; you need specific levels of illumination if you want them to grow.
Mushrooms need an indoor/underground location and a light level of no greater than 12 to thrive. While you might be tempted to create an underground farm with sparse lighting, any Minecraft veteran will tell you that monsters spawn in the dark; the last thing you want to see in your mushroom farm is a zombie or creeper.
To ensure your mushrooms grow far away from potentially deadly mobs. you need a Goldilocks level of light, ideally between 8 and 11. Placing light sources several blocks above where you plant the mushrooms is your best bet.
On a side note, try to keep your mushroom farms small to minimize the risk of enemies accidentally spawning in dark corners. Better yet, set up farms in the Nether; enemies never spawn in small, enclosed areas there.
Now that we’ve got a handle on lighting, it’s time to talk soil. Virtually any opaque block of earth will do. Moreover, mushrooms spread like wildfire, so leave plenty of empty blocks for them to colonize. Of course, mushrooms don’t branch out indefinitely. Apparently, they will only spread to other blocks if there are fewer than 5 mushrooms in a 9x9x3 area, with the original mushroom at the center.
Since mushrooms won’t spread to areas with a light level greater than 12, even if your first mushroom is planted on a block with a light level of 10, it won’t spread to a nearby block illuminated with a level of 13.
However, if you get your hands on mycelium or podzol blocks, forget everything I just said about light. For some reason, mushrooms grow in these kinds of dirt even in direct sunlight, so if you don’t feel like creating an artificial cave to grow your mushrooms, just cover a field in mycelium/podzol.
Huge mushrooms are arguably the most efficient way to grow mushrooms since harvesting them produces a cornucopia of smaller mushrooms. However, if you thought mushrooms were a pain to farm, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Before you can start growing huge mushrooms, you need either a red or brown mushroom. Make sure it grows on a dirt, grass, podzol, bedrock, or mycelium block (other opaque blocks don’t support huge mushrooms), sprinkle it with bone meal, and watch it explode in size.
Unless planted in mycelium or podzol, huge mushrooms still require low light levels to thrive. More importantly, they live up to their names; huge mushrooms are huge and require 7×7 plots of land. While they usually grow only as high as the ceiling, make sure your underground huge mushroom farm is 8 blocks tall. Any smaller, and the huge mushroom runs the risk of growing into the ceiling and walls. This results in a dead, useless mushroom and wasted hard work and bone meal.
If you plant your mushroom outside in mycelium or podzol, though, you don’t have to worry about light or your huge mushroom crashing into ceilings or walls. However, you still need a 7×7 plot of land. On the bright side, you can plant other crops under the huge mushroom’s umbrella and they will grow just fine so long as you take normal water, soil, and light requirements into consideration.
Time needed: 30 minutes.
Let’s sum up how to grow mushrooms in Minecraft
- Create an interior/underground farm with a light level no less than 8 and no greater than 12.
- Plant your mushroom in virtually any soil block.
- Leave enough room for your mushrooms to spread, ideally a 9×9 area.
- Alternatively, plant your mushrooms in a field of podzol or mycelium if you don’t want to worry about light levels.
- If you want a huge mushroom, plant a red or brown mushroom in the middle of a 7×7 plot and feed it bone meal, taking into consideration light levels.
- Place the mushroom above ground in mycelium or podzol and then feed it bone meal if you don’t want to worry about light levels or ceiling heights.
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