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Q: Can I pick up my order?
Yes. If you live near the Chicago area, we offer local pickup from our shipping center in Woodstock, IL. Most products are available for walk-in orders. Please call or email us before visiting our showroom to make sure we have what you need in stock that day. If you place an order online, please contact us so we can have it ready. Our pick up hours are Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. We pay your 8% sales tax when picking up your order!
Q: Do you sell spores?
We do not sell spores. We specialize in the growing mediums. Spore companies specialize in producing spores. Each kit requires a spore syringe to use. Every jar requires a little less than 1cc of spore solution each. Each Spawn Bag requires 3-5 cc's of spore solution each. Spore syringes are typically sold in 10cc syringes. For example, 12 substrate jars would only require one spore syringe to use.
There are hundreds of websites specializing in spores. Some are great, some are good and some are bad. We have received countless reports and reviews from our customers over the years and will be more than happy to share that with you. Please contact us if you would like a full list of our recommended sites and sites to avoid! Many "cheap" or "bargain" spore sites buy their supply from overseas vendors from Malaysia and are usually very poor quality. Our top 3 list changes every few months based on customer feedback!
Questions about Spores? Visit our Blog and learn more about spores and where to get them in our 2022 Spore Buying Guide.
We can proudly recommend the following sites as some of the best in the business: www.premiumspores.com www.sporegenetics.com and www.sporeworks.com have been around for many years and offers the widest range of mushroom spores, only the best quality and always top reviewed for years. Spore Genetics offers a solid selection of extremely high quality syringes with unique varieties that rotate on a seasonal basis. (Mention you were referred from us in the order comments and they usually throw in freebies!)
If you are looking for medicinal or gourmet varieties we highly recommend www.MycoLabs.com who has a great selection of liquid culture Syringes. We carry many of their lab supplies in our retail store & on our site.
We have obtained discount codes from a few of our preferred vendors to share with our customers.
Q: How much spores do I need for each kit?
all spore syringes are sold in 10cc units. Typically each jar requires
around 0.75-1.5 cc’s of spore solution. Each Spawn Bag requires 3-5 CC’s
per bag. Spores last 6-9 months or longer stored at room temperature.
Many people like to grow different strains in the same kit. This is
perfectly fine as long as they require the same growing temperatures. Do
not mix strains in the same jar or spawn bag.
Quick reference on how many spore syringes you need:
|Simple Kit or 6 Jars||1 Spore Syringe (with leftovers)|
|Ultimate Kit or 12 Jars||1 Spore Syringe|
|Mega Kit or 18 Jars||2 Spore syringes|
|5grain spawn Bag (2)||1 spore syringe|
|24 or 32oz 5grain Jars (3)||1 Spore syringe|
Q: Do you offer bulk or large order discounts?
Bulk Order Discounts
We offer bulk discounts when
purchasing 10 or more of a single item or on a combination of items
totaling $1,000.00 or more. (Not including Bonsai Flowhoods). Our
discount levels are calculated by quantity and dollar amount. Please
contact the email below with what you plan on ordering and the
quantities. We will email you a code to use at checkout if your order
Retail & Reseller Programs
You can find
our products in over 75 different stores across the USA. We have many
different wholesale options for all types of stores including Garden Centers, Smoke Shops, Hydroponic stores and more! We offer drop shipping, white box and other options. Whether you own a Brick & Mortar store or looking to
expand your online offerings, contact our sales manager, Jeff for more information.
Q: Do you accept Bitcoin?
Yes, after entering your information on the last checkout page select
"Coinbase" at the bottom of the screen for checkout. You can Pay with
Bitcoin, Etherium, Litecoin, Dogecoin, USDC & Many More!
Q: Do you accept orders by mail?
We give our customers a $5.00 discount on all mail orders. We save the
money Paypal and Credit card companies charge us so we pass along the
savings to you! You can mail in your order with cash, bank check or
money order. Please include all the order details including shipping
address and your email address so we can let you know the status of your
order along with shipping information.
Click this link to download and print this mail order form.
Midwest Organics LLC
940 Dieckman St
Woodstock, Illinois 60098
Q: What are the shipping costs & services available?
We offer many shipping carriers and options so you can choose your preferred carrier based on how soon you need your order. Please visit FedEx, UPS and USPS websites for a better description of each service they offer and what days of the week they deliver on.
we offer free shipping on all orders over $99 to the continental United
States and discounted shipping rates on all other orders! (Alaska, Hawaii & Canada are excluded)
We ship using UPS Ground, FedEx Ground & Priority Mail from our Chicago based location. All packages are fully insured and discreetly labeled. All
shipping costs and options can be viewed at checkout. Shipping costs to
Canada, Alaska, Hawaii and the rest of the world are calculated based on
weight at checkout.
Standard Free Shipping (orders over $99.00)- These orders ship our choice depending on size and weight. Either UPS Ground (1-5 days) FedEx Ground (1-5 Days) or Priority Mail. You may select your own carrier for an additional Fee.
Standard $9.99 (orders under $99.00) -
We choose the best option. This shipping service will be FedEx Ground, UPS Ground or USPS Priority Mail depending on size of package.
FedEx Ground - This is a ground delivery service by FedEx and delivery times are 1-5 days who deliver 7 days a week!
UPS Ground - This is the reliable guaranteed date delivery service by UPS and delivery times are 1-5 days Monday-Saturday.
UPS 2-DAY- This expedited service arrives in 2 business days Monday- Saturday in most areas. When choosing this option your order will also receive expedited
UPS- OVERNIGHT- This expedited service arrives next day after it ships. Monday-Friday. Saturdays in some areas. When choosing this option your order will also receive expedited
FedEx Express Saver
- This express air service delivers your package in 3 business days.
When choosing this option your order will also receive expedited
FedEx 2-Day Air - This
express air service offers guaranteed 2-Day service and delivers the
2nd business day. When choosing this option your order will also receive
USPS Priority Mail- This service is available for customers wishing to use it. USPS Priority mail is a 2-3 Day service. Please note, selecting this service does not include expedited processing.
*Any package over 5 pounds will require a physical address. Please provide this on orders over 5 pounds to avoid shipping delays.
Q: I need my order fast, do you offer expedited service?
orders placed with FedEx
Express Shipping & UPS 2-Day/Next Day options include expedited
processing and 99% are shipped the same or next business day. FedEx Express operates Monday-Friday. Orders placed before 9AM CST ship same day!
Q: What is your shipping cutoff time?
Our shipping cutoff time is 11:59PM Central time Monday through Friday. All orders placed before 11:59PM will be sent to our production center the next business day.
Q: What is the over-view of the process? How long does it take?
All of our growing mediums are carefully prepared and pressure sterilized. We do the hard part and all you need to do is add spores! For most kits, simply set up your kit as an incubator for the first step, Inject your favorite spores into each jar, watch them quickly colonize, remove from
the jars, adjust the heat to fruiting temperature and place each jar into the grow chamber and watch the mushrooms grow. Almost everything in the kit can be re-used so you can keep growing. You'll typically have your first harvest in 4 weeks!They will grow for an additional 4-6 weeks! 3-4 times!
Q: Will spores intended for Dung loving mushrooms work on grain based products?
Yes, grain and dung are interchangeable. When you see dung loving, you will always want to start with a grain based jar or spawn bag.
Q: Why should you choose Midwest Grow Kits for your mushroom growing needs?
There are many reasons you should consider Midwest Grow Kits for your
mycology needs. Midwest Grow Kits has been selling mushroom growing
supplies online for over 14 years. Starting on Ebay in 2004, we have
grown and perfected the shroom growing process over the years. We pride
ourselves on attention to detail and quality and offering the most
competitive pricing. We have a dedicated customer service team and
growing experts who are always answering phone calls and emails. Last
year we moved into a new 8,000 sq/ft production facility in Woodstock,
IL and now are supplying mushroom growing medium to research facilities,
Universities, retailers and wholesalers across the US, Canada &
Q: Is billing and shipping discreet?
Yes! We take the time to make sure your kit or supplies are packaged professionally and discreetly using only plain brown boxes, tamper evident kraft tape and no external logos or stickers. The return address says "Midwest Shipping Center" Credit Card statements will say "Midwest Organics, LLC" our parent company.
Q: What are the shelf life of Jars and Spawn Bags?
All Jars and Spawn Bags are prepared fresh and meant to be used within 4-6 weeks of receiving the items. You can extend the shelf life by a few weeks by placing items in the fridge or storing in a cool dark place.
Q: What is Bulk Growing or Bulk casing?
Growing in Bulk is generally referred to as the process of using your fully colonized spawn bags or even jars to mix with a layer of mushroom friendly soil (Coir, vermiculite, Peat moss, etc..) Mushroom casing serves many purposes in bulk growing. It provides a medium to grow into, stimulates the formation of mushrooms, provides moisture and protects the substrate from drying out from the air. This advanced growing method is now perfect for beginners. Our Premium Select Casing Mix & Bulk kits make growing in bulk much easier!
Q: Why doesn't this promo code work?
We run different discounts and offers throughout the year. Most of our discounts are for returning customers only. These codes eventually are shared by other websites and coupon sites so we have to change the codes. If you have a valid promo code and it doesn't work, please contact us for the updated code. We cannot apply a coupon code to an order already placed.
Q: How long does it take to grow?
With most of our kits it takes approximately 3-4 weeks for the mushrooms to incubate or colonize the jar. You will typically see your first batch of mushrooms in the 4th or 5th week. They will continue to grow for an additional 4-5 weeks with one "flush" or batch per week on average.
Q: What if I have growing questions along the way?
offer telephone support, email support and after hours live chat. Many of our team have over 20 years of mushroom growing experience to
share with you and help you with any questions or concerns you may have!
Unlike other sites our customer service team has actual mushroom
growing experience and can help you right away. Please call us with any
growing questions you may have! (800) 921-4717
Q: What are the differences between growing in Jars and Spawn Bags?
in jars has always been the easiest way to grow mushrooms. Recently,
growing in spawn bags has become just as popular. We usually recommend
starting your growing experience with jars because they colonize faster
and produce mushrooms quicker. Spawn Bags take longer to colonize, but
can produce larger flushes or growth cycles. Spawn bags can be grown
with jars in any kit and are the preferred way for growing in bulk. This
more advanced method of growing allows you to break up your fully
colonized spawn bag and mix it with a variety of different soil type
materials to expand your grow. We now offer pre-mixed casing and Bulk
Kits that make it easier than ever! If you are a first time grower and
want to grow spawn bags we recommend a mix of jars and spawn bags. You
can incubate your spawn bags right next to your jars and since jars will
be ready first this will allow you time to practice while your spawn
bags finish colonizing.
Q: Where can I access the video grow guide or the kit setup directions
When you place an order, you will receive an email order confirmation and a second email containing the link to our Video mushroom growing guide. Please make sure you enter your correct email address at checkout in order to receive your guide. When you receive your order it will contain tips and setup instructions specific to your kit or spawn bags.
Every kit includes access to our easy detailed photo step by step video mushroom growing guide, which includes everything from start to finish. We also include tons of our personal tips and tricks to get the absolute most from your kit! Includes, growing, casing methods, re-hydrating techniques, quick drying technique and more! If you’ve purchased a larger kit or spawn bags, don’t forget to download and view your separate detailed setup guide so you know exactly what each part does and where it goes. Make sure you look for the postcard in your kit!
Q: Do you accept Pre-Paid Visa/MC/Amex Gift Cards?
Yes, we accept all Pre-paid Visa/MC/Discover & Amex gift cards. Please make sure your gift-card is registered for online use. Some cards require you to call or go online and activate the card prior to using online. If you are using multiple gift cards please call us to place your order. If you are having issues using a gift card please call us and we can enter it manually.
Q: How long until I receive my order?
All of our growing mediums are prepared fresh in the morning and shipped the same day. We ship Monday-Friday from our newly expanded shipping center in Chicago, IL. After placing your order typically your order will ship out within 48 hours. Please allow extra time for large orders or orders containing multiple orders of spawn bags. Depending on what shipping method you choose your order will be received within 2-8 days, based on your location.
Q: How do I track my order?
All tracking numbers are automatically uploaded in our system usually when your order ships. You will receive a tracking number email when your order ships! Please make sure our emails don't go in your spam folder.
Q: Where can I find fully colonized mushroom kits and other cultivation supplies?
Visit our supplier & friends at website www.MYCOLABS.com They sell ready to grow gourmet mushroom kits, liquid culture syringes and raw materials including Bulk Grain and more!
Q: Do you ship to PO Boxes?
We need a physical address for most kits and orders over 5 pounds. We suggest using Priority Mail option at checkout for any orders which must ship to a PO Box. We ship to PO boxes using FedEx SmartPost (5-7 days) by default on smaller items. Small, lightweight orders may be upgraded to Priority Mail depending on your location.
Q: Do you Ship to Canada? Alaska, Hawaii and rest of the world?
Yes, we offer discounted FedEx international rates for all shipments to Canada. Our Free shipping promotion does not apply to Canada, Alaska and Hawaii. Please use USPS Priority Mail for those States and the rest of the world. To estimate your shipping costs, please enter your country and address at checkout. We do our best to avoid or minimize customs and duties by claiming low value but some countries will audit packages and may apply a fee. We cannot determine this ahead of time. In most cases this will not apply.