Morels, Can You Grow Your Own?
- jayt90 Jan 15, 2008 01:58 PM
The seed catalogues are arriving, and one of them in my mailbox, www.dominion-seed-house.com is offering a morel spawn kit at $40. I have heard of specialist offerings for $20.
Do these kits work? Who has tried them? What do you think?
Good luck. I've never heard of anyone successfully growing morels but I'd be thrilled to hear it is possible. You'd figure that if it were possible to grow them commercially they would be more widely available in stores. Let us know if you get it (and especially if it works!).
I grew portobellos from a kit I purchased at a mycology fair once. They did great. Morels though...sounds risky. I don't think I would try it, especially not for $40.
I don't know about growing your own because the conditions have to be perfect. Really hot then coolish then hot again, etc. But last summer husband and I dicovered them coming up in our backyard. We were thrilled! To add to our stash we went for a walk in the woods and found pockets of them there. Not sure why they were coming up in our yard, but we are very shaded.
I grew shiitakes from one of those kits once, but don't know about morels.
If you do try it, be patient; I followed the instructions on the shiitake kit and only got a few small mushrooms. Stashed the thing in the garage and forgot about it for several months, then ran across it one day with a huge crop of delicious shiitakes growing out of it!