How to Grow Morel Mushrooms in the Garden


Morel mushrooms are highly prized for their rich, nutty flavor and exotic appearance. Most fetch high prices at supermarkets and make a worthwhile endeavor for any home gardener. Order a mushroom kit with morel spawn and look for a shaded area in your garden. Prepare your site by pulling any weeds and protecting your mushrooms from animals. Healthy morel sites can produce mushrooms for up to 20 years.

Step 1

Collect hardwood logs about 4 feet long and 8 inches in diameter. Always choose logs from healthy trees that are cut in early winter.

Step 2

Drill holes in the logs in a diamond pattern approximately 6 inches apart. The exact depth of holes will depend on the size of your injection equipment and will be specified in your spawning kit.

Step 3

Insert the spawn into the drilled holes and immediately cover with hot wax or foam plugs.

Step 4

Place logs in your garden away from direct sunlight. Ideal temperatures for morrell mushrooms are between 72 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep logs moist by dousing with water in periods of low rainfall. Morrell mushrooms require high humidity and will die if logs are allowed to dry out.

Things You'll Need

  • Spawning kit
  • Logs
  • Water
  • Thermometer
  • Hot wax or foam plugs


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Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. Her work has appeared in various newspapers, magazines and journals. Shipman has also authored three collections of poetry: "Cold Days," "Bastante" and "Short Poems." She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Southwestern University.