[NAFEX] Morel mushrooms

Al Pernichele pernichele at msn.com
Wed Apr 23 21:28:42 EDT 2003


Mike,
I have established oyster mushrooms by seeding cottonwood logs with spawn.
Saw a local old timer do it a few years ago and tried it. It does take about
a year to get a crop. Simply drive a wedge and create a split in a dead
cottonwood log, insert the spawn, remove the wedge so that the split closes
tight.  Just putting the spawn in existing cracks etc. also seems to work.
This was done in the spring when logs were moist and likely works best under
those conditions.  Don't know what other types of wood oysters like to live
on but I am sure they are not specific to cottonwood.
Al Pernichele
Corvallis, Montana
---- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Lee" <markl at nytec.com>
To: "Mike Levine" <crunchy at oldweb.com>; "North American Fruit Explorers"
<nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2003 9:42 AM
Subject: RE: [NAFEX] Morel mushrooms


> Mike,
> When you say "planted oysters", what do you mean?  I grow oyster mushrooms
> in bags of sawdust and wood chips.  It takes about 2 months to get a
harvest
> by this technique.  I have been trying to establish them outside, but so
far
> nothing has taken.  Do you actually plant them in a garden bed?  What do
you
> cover the spawn with?  What time of year did you start them last year?
> -Mark Lee, Seattle, z7B/8a
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Mike Levine
> Sent: Monday, April 21, 2003 4:17 PM
> To: North American Fruit Explorers
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Morel mushrooms
>
>
> I have tried planting some morel kits outdoors on 2 separate occasions.
So
> far I've gotten nothing, but I keep hoping.
> Planted oysters last year and am amazed that they are already fruiting
this
> year.  Oysters for dinner tonight!  Shiitakes are reliable too, but
usually
> take more than a year to get going.
> I think that maybe if I tried a casing on my morels they might work
better,
> but I haven't tried.
>
> Mike
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Lucky Pittman" <lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu>
> To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>; <ruralKyIn at yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Monday, April 21, 2003 11:26 AM
> Subject: [NAFEX] Morel mushrooms
>
>
> > Folks,
> > I've been trying to get a couple of free hours to get out and roam the
> > woods for the past couple of weeks, to check out the morel mushroom
> situation.
> >
> > Finally got a chance to do so on Friday afternoon - and again, between
> > thunderstorms, yesterday afternoon.
> >
> > Ran across several  likely spots throughout my 80 acres or so of mixed
> > hardwood forest.  Most were on east-facing slopes, moist areas - and I
> > could usually spot evidence that the deer had been pawing around,
looking
> > for the mushrooms.
> >
> > First 'shrooms I spotted were black morels(Morchella angusticeps), which
> > are typically the first to emerge.  Many of these were beginning to
'melt
> > down',  or were showing evidence of critter-munching.
> >
> > Once you spot one, you just sit down and start looking around - where
> > there's one, there will be more!  Didn't take long to start spotting the
> > occasional 'yellow' and 'gray' morel (Morchella esculenta).  None were
> very
> > big - or at least not as large as the ones that used to pop up in the
yard
> > of the farmhouse where we lived in MO, back in the early '90s.
> >
> > Managed to gather about a gallon of yellows & grays, and about half that
> > amount of blacks.  Took 'em back to the house, cleaned 'em, and fried up
a
> > bunch of those "dry-land fish" at supper on Saturday night.
> > My wife, the eternal pessimist, continually questioned my ID, but I was
> > absolutely certain of my identification of them.  Since some folks
> > evidently have an adverse reaction to the black morel - and I'd never
> eaten
> > them before - I only cooked a couple of them, but ate them with no
> > gastronomic upset.
> >
> > As I was harvesting, I tried to get the base, along with some associated
> > leaf mold and (hopefully) vegetative mycelia, which I cut off once I got
> > back to the house, and am experimenting with 'seeding' the fungus into
> some
> > well-rotted logs, woody plant material, etc. that I've been piling into
a
> > big gully below the pond for the past 9 years.  Don't know if I'll be
> > successful in getting a colony established there, but figured I didn't
> have
> > anything to lose by doing so.
> >
> > It's been a while since I researched it, but at one point in time, a
> couple
> > of the mushroom spawn vendors, either Fungi Perfecti or The
Mushroompeople
> > at The Farm(at Ethridge, TN, in the county where I was formerly in
> > veterinary practice), or both, were offering morel-growing kits.
> > Wondered if any of you folks had ever attempted to grow morels?
> >
> > Lucky
> >
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