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Naturalize That Mushroom Outdoors!
One of the most frequent contacts we receive is from people with no experience growing mushrooms, who ask us about growing Porcini, Chanterelles, and Morels. We get this request so often, from people who do not know what the word "mycorrhizal" means, that we have chosen to put a reply to them here.
1. The most amazing wild mushrooms are mychorrhizal. This means they form a symbiotic relationship with trees, and sometimes have other dependencies as well, for a specific forest environment. You can't easily box them up and tote them into your livingroom to enjoy fresh mushrooms whenever you want. When we ARE able to produce kits for them, they'll have to include trees, bushes, or other plants, OR, they'll be kits that have to be used outside in a specific type of environment. Mycorrhizals also take a LONG TIME to reach a point of maturity where they will actually fruit.
Translation: Porcini, Chanterelles, and Morels are HARD TO GROW. Truffles are even harder.
2. Start with something simple. The easiest mushrooms to grow are grown on logs or in sawdust kits. We suggest that you start with Oyster Mushrooms. They are pretty much the easiest to do. Buy a kit. Doesn't matter where - you want simple for now. Learn about mycellium, pinning, and fruiting. THEN think about growing something more difficult.
3. There are tons of mushrooms that can be grown on logs, or in compost. Those are the easy ones. You can have a good mushroom business with those, IF you are smart about what you choose for your area, and how you market them.
4. Have fun with it. Yes, you have a lot to learn. But learning this stuff can be fun, so enjoy it!
When you are ready, come back and ask us again about mycorrhizals. Chances are, we'll have something amazing for you then, even if it isn't exactly what you thought it would be.