Morels are delicious springtime mushrooms. Now you can easily create an earth friendly, sustainable and organic outdoor Morel Mushroom garden & begin to grow morels in your backyard with our Guaranteed Growth Starter Kit. More than 40 years of mushroom cultivation knowledge stands behind each and every grow kit.
Morel mushrooms are highly coveted and expensive, often fetching prices upwards of $40 per pound! They make an ideal side dish for poultry, seafood and pork dishes. Their wonderful flavor can be accented with a light sautéing.
Grow Morel Mushrooms in your yard or anywhere there are trees and shade! You can start your Morel Patch any time your soil is workable - Spring, Summer, Autumn, even during Winter if you’re are in a warm climate.
Use these tips for planting and growing these versatile and valuable mushrooms in your home garden.
Prepare Planting Bed - For best results prepare the planting bed by roughing the soil a bit, opening a few furrows in the soil for the mycelium to penetrate into. A shady location is best, such as trail edges or brush/high grass areas. Morels LOVE trees and are symbiotic with the roots of many plants so planting near a few trees or large plants will produce the best results.
Planting Time - Spore packets are the seeds of the mushrooms and are very easy to plant. Spread the spores on top of the prepared mushroom bed and cover with natural mulch, such as wood mulch, leaves, brush or forest duff. Morels naturally grow near trees and are particularly fond of fruit trees, though any hardwood variety will work. A layer of cardboard over the planting area and under the mulch layer will improve moisture retention very effectively and assure a quick start to the growth.
Wait and Harvest If conditions are perfect the fast colonizing varieties (Black Morel and Burn Site Morels) often produce some fruits later the same year, while most patches will fruit the following spring and then proliferate/expand as the seasons pass. Morel Mushroom patches will continue to fruit and produce delicious mushroom for you year after year with very little maintenance.
Our Morel Mushroom Spore Packs contain a powerful array of natural boosters and mycelium foods to provide all the nutrients the new mycelium will need to grow fast and fruit soon! There is no need to create a slurry to use our Morel Mushroom growing kit.
Each package will cover a 6'x6' area, though the area can be smaller or larger, and higher densities will hurry colonization. All varieties can all be spread in the same area but generally the best suited species of mycelium will proliferate. We only recommend watering your spore packs if you have well water because of the chlorination in most city water, otherwise it is best to wait for it to rain since the water will carry the spores into the micro-cracks in the soil and wash the nutrients directly down with them.
TIP: It is best to spread the spores shortly before a rain so that nature can take care of the hard work of spreading, watering and getting the spores to the roots of the trees.
The spores will continue to lie dormant until they are watered. Mixing into the soil a good measure of our Manure based substrate is an excellent long term food for the mycelium and will also increase the water retention in the soil which at harvest time will increase the fruit size. You can also spread leaf litter or grass clippings as a natural mulch.
TIP: Outdoor mushrooms grow slowly and will not begin fruiting until they have enough mycelial energy stored in the mycelial (root) mass.
The Mushroom Spores in the Dry Packs will remain viable and healthy for many years to be used when needed, as long as they are kept dry and protected from heat during storage. Contact with water will activate the spores and begin the germination and growing.
TIP: The higher the concentration of spores used in an area the faster the rate of colonization, which means mushrooms can fruit sooner!