Morels are one of the most sought after mushrooms anywhere. They have a bold meat taste that is exquisite and satisfying and they dehydrate and hold there flavor for many years. They are also an easy mushroom to identify, but also difficult to find. The exception to this is fire morels. Morels that follow forest fires and controlled burns are usually in abundance. Morels typically fruit in the spring but will also fruit in the fall for several years after a forest fire.
Morel mushrooms are difficult to grow indoors, although Paul Stamets and others have had success with black morels. Black morels are the easier of the morels to grow indoors. Outdoor habitats are far easier and are usually successful. Morel mushrooms do not grow in tropical areas, they prefer seasonal changes and especially cold wet or snowy winters to fruit well in the spring.
The easiest way to grow morels is by putting fresh wood ash in the substrate as well. Morel spores germinate quickly and their mycelia spreads fast. Morels are in a small group of fungi that produce an underground structure called a sclerotium.
The sclerotia is a nutrient storage and resting stage that allow the mycelia to survive unfavorable weather and fires. They can be completely dry then upon rehydration they swell up and either form a new mycelia network or fruit mushrooms to drop spores and continue the life cycle. Morels will naturally product sclerotia on many habitats such as straw, peat moss and sand, as they tend to be soil dwellers. One way to ensure an outdoor patch is produce the sclerotia then plant that among your habitat. Making a spore slurry from morel spores, unchlorinater water and molasses then spreading that around a wood chip patch is another sure way to get mushrooms in your yard. Here is a video of an urban family from Kansas easily producing an abundance of morels on their land using a simple spore slurry. The kids in this video are so cute, and you can see what a fun family project this is.
This same technique can be used for many outdoor wood loving mushroom patches. If you don’t have an actual mushroom with spores, you can simply scrape the spores from one or two of our spore prints or squirt the solution from liquid culture syringes into the molasses solution. We are currently selling spores from "fire morels" that is an easy growing strain identied as Morchella Sextelata.
Our spore prints contain hundreds of thousands if not millions of spores on them.
Morel Mushroom Spore Print
- Product Code: MOREL PRINT