Growing morel mushrooms

Today I want to write about something very exotic. 🙂 About growing morel mushrooms in your garden. Yes, you can grow them as you grow carrots or any other vegetables, but the preparation is a bit harder.
Before you start growing morel mushrooms you need either to buy Morel Mushroom Growing Kit or pick them up and get their spores. You can read how to do that on this site. I will write what you need to do after you get the spores/spawn.

First step: Site Preparation

1) Find a place for growing them in your garden. Morels require a shady site with a well draining soil.
2) Layout bed dimensions. The requirements are normally written in the instructions for growing kit.
3) Remove all weeds and grass from the site.

Site preparation is done!

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Second step: Soil preparation

1) Burn some wood to get the ash. Leave it for 24 hours to cool down and then collect.
2) Mix it with topsoil, gypsum board, sand and peat.
3) Add morel spores. If you bought kit, check it: the spores should be brown or orange. If they are green, then the kit is bad. You won’t get any mushrooms. Break it up coarsely and mix it with prepared soil.

Soil preparation is done!

Third step: “Planting” morel mushrooms 🙂

1) Spread the soil with spores/spawn on top of prepared site.
2) Place some large burned logs on top (the best one is Elm tree).

That’s all. But the most hard bit here waiting. It is hard to predict when morels will grow up. It can be next season or 2-3 years later. So don’t be disappointed if you don’t see anything next season. Patience is a virtue. 😉

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4 Responses to “Growing morel mushrooms”

  • Dave says:

    Hello, I live in the south east of the Uk and recently found two Morel mushrooms growing from the edge of an old bonfire area that hasn’t been used for a couple of years. I was just wondering if there were any tips on maybe encouraging them to continue here or to maybe cultivate them from the area myself? I think the ‘adult’ specimens have been left to grow too long now and already released their spores. They have been picked to stop further eating by the wildlife and are being stored cold. Any information greatly appreciated as i only have experience with growing oyster mushrooms from the kits available over the internet. Just a note, the only trees growing nearby (closest is 20 feet away), are beech, sycamore and ash. The fire has always had a vast mixture of thin burned on it so unsure as to whether any particular thing has aided them in growing.
    Kind regards, David.

  • Henry Garman says:

    Some good tips. I like it when you said “So don’t be disappointed if you don’t see anything next season. Patience is a virtue”. I think many would assume their efforts at growing morels a failure if they don`t see instant results.

  • we have sold these kits, but yes – patience is a virtue, it takes time in producing the cultures, and also it can take time producing the cultures in the lab, they can be slow to start…… but then if they can fruit for 20 years!!!!

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