Growing the edible morel yourself - is that possible?

Growing the edible morel yourself - is that possible?

Breeding success cannot be guaranteed

Many people have already tried their hand at breeding the valuable edible morel. In fact, there have already been successes and you can buy appropriate breeding material. However, successful morel farming not only requires a perfectly fitting environment and a suitable location, the weather must also play a role. Furthermore, your botanical knowledge is required, without which a later harvest will not be possible. Another difficulty is that the morels very often do not appear where they were brought in: Instead of in the mushroom patch, the neighbor may be happy about a lush morel harvest many hundred meters away.

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You can grow these edible mushrooms yourself

The table shows some types of mushrooms that can be grown at home relatively easily and without great effort. You can get some mushrooms ready-made, complete with the required substrate, with others you have to inoculate the freshly cut logs yourself.

Mushroom speciesLatin nameAvailable culturesSubstrateuseful information
Cultivated mushroomsAgaricus bisporusFinished culture (including substrate)strawdifferent types available
ShiitakeLentinula edodesInoculation dowels, grain spawn, finished cultureOak, red and hornbeam, alder, birch, cherry, sweet chestnuthealthy medicinal mushroom from Asia
Oyster mushroom, oyster mushroomPleurotus ostreatusInoculation dowels, grain spawn, finished cultureWillow, alder, poplar, fruit trees, birch, ash, red beechnative winter mushroom
Lime mushroomPleurotus cornucopiaeInoculation dowels, grain spawn, finished cultureMaple, willow, poplar, alder, ash, red beechoccurs naturally in alluvial forests and along rivers
King Oyster MushroomPleurotus eryngiiGrain spawn, finished culturestrawnative to southern Europe
Brown capStropharia rugosoannulataGrain spawn, finished culturestrawdo not confuse it with chestnut boletus!
Japanese stick spongePholiota namekoInoculation dowel, grain spawnFruit trees, willow, poplar, birch, oak, red beechRelative of the local stick sponge
Chinese morel, mu-errAuricularia auricula-judaeGrain spawn, finished cultureElderwoodindispensable in Asian cuisine


If you find Norway morels in the bark mulch in your front yard, you shouldn't be too early to look forward to it: Most of the time, such mushrooms will no longer appear in the following year because all the nutrients have probably been used up.