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Easy Minecraft Mushroom Farm

Updated on July 21, 2017

Small Minecraft Mushroom Farm

A very basic mushroom farm to get you started.
A very basic mushroom farm to get you started.

Dim Lighting for Your Farm

Dig a hole in the wall of your farm, and place the torch back in it.  This helps keep the lighting low.
Dig a hole in the wall of your farm, and place the torch back in it. This helps keep the lighting low.

Easy Minecraft Mushroom Farm

Mushrooms will only spawn at a light level 12 or less. They will spread up to two blocks away, including diagonally. So, all you really need for a mushroom farm is decent sized area that's plenty dark.

Begin by clearing a room where you want your farm. If you want a lot of mushrooms, make a big room. Personally, I don't keep a lot of because mushroom stew is not stackable in your inventory. The bigger the room, the more you'll be able to grow.

Next, place a few torches around, ideally you'll want the light level at 8-12. This will keep any hostile mobs from spawning. You'll want to put a door up to enter your mushroom farm, just in case you don't get the light level quite right and a mob spawns.

Now, place your mushrooms at least a few blocks away from one another. If they pops right back out, it's too light. You'll need to take down some torches, or dig small holes in the walls or ceiling to place the torches and thus lower the light level.

You've dug your room, placed your torches, and planted your mushrooms. Now we wait, and wait, and then wait some more. It takes mushrooms quite awhile to spread. So, I suggest doing something else for awhile then come back to check your mushrooms.

When you notice they have spread, I suggest going ahead and farming them fairly frequently. Mushrooms will stop spreading if they detect more the game detects more than 5 in a small area.

There you have it, an easy Minecraft mushroom farm. This is certainly not the only way to create one. This is a very simple, basic, mushroom farm to get you going.



Automated Minecraft Mushroom Farm

Now that you know the basics of mushroom farming, perhaps you want a more complex or automated farm. The same rules will apply regarding the spreading, the light level, and when they will stop spreading.

There are many ways to make an automated Minecraft mushroom farm, and I've found all are a bit tedious. This is why the simple version is plenty for me. Some items you're going to need are a few pick axes, 20 redstone, a few glass blocks, a switch, a sticky piston, 2 buckets of water, and smooth stone.

Now find a large area in your home. You'll want to find an area you can use just for this purpose. Again, I recommend putting a door to this area. The video below, is the easiest automated mushroom farm I've found. It's much easier to follow along step-by-step with instructions in the video.

Step-by-Step Automated Mushroom Farming

Minecraft Mushroom Facts

Here are just a few facts for you...

  • Mushrooms will only spawn or spread at light level 12 or less
  • They can spread up to two blocks away, even diagonally, as long as all blocks in that direction are clear
  • They will stop spreading if the game detects more than five of the same color in 9x9 area.
  • They can spread up or down a block
  • With enough space and bone meal, you can grow giant mushrooms
  • Brown mushrooms emit a very small amount of light
  • You can't eat them plain, you have to craft them into stew or rabbit stew
  • You can make a small base inside of giant mushrooms
  • Use an axe to cut down giant mushrooms
  • In some Minecraft Mods, some mushrooms will make you hallucinate if you eat them plain
  • Mushroom stew will fill up 6 hunger
  • Stew is not stackable in your inventory

Minecraft Bowl Recipe

Craft some bowls for your stew!
Craft some bowls for your stew!

Crafting Mushroom Stew

Now that you've got your farm going, it's time to craft some mushroom stew. Unfortunately, they cannot be eaten by themselves. In fact, some Minecraft mods will make you hallucinate if you eat them by themselves. Mushroom stew will replenish 6 hunger at a time. They are not stackable in your inventory.

First craft some bowls by taking wooden planks and placing them in a V shape as shone in the picture. Then take your bowl and place the red and brown mushroom in the slot above and to the side of the bowl. It does not matter which kind you put into each slot, as long as they are in the correct slots as shown in the image.

Minecraft Mushroom Stew Recipe

Now that you've farmed lots of mushrooms, craft some mushroom stew!
Now that you've farmed lots of mushrooms, craft some mushroom stew!

Eating Mushroom Stew- Minecraft

In the Minecraft PC version, make sure your mushroom stew is in your hot bar and selected. Now, make sure your pointer is not on any items nearby. Now you should be able to hold the right click button and you'll begin to eat the stew. Hold down the right mouse button until your player has finished the stew and you see your hunger bars fill up. If you release the button too soon, your player will not have eaten the stew and your hunger bars will not change.

Minecraft PE edition, is a little different. Place your mushroom stew in your hot bar, and make sure it's selected. Point your indicator/player away from any nearby items. Now press the mine button and hold down, as if you were mining stone or something else. Hold this button down until your player finished the stew and you see your hunger bars fill up.

Basics of Minecraft Mushroom Farming

That's about it for the basics of farming. Don't forget to put a door on that farm! Below are a few tidbits about Minecraft mushrooms. Enjoy your stew and thanks for reading!

Things You Might Not Know About Minecraft Mushrooms

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