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Morel mushrooms do grow

May 12, 2008 at 11:03 PM

I was one of those who believed that mushrooms grew in one big spurt. A minature mushroom waits underground until conditions are just perfect and then bursts through the surface in one great growing climax. But does it really happen like that? Will a mushroom grow even more after it has come up through the ground?

Last week I did a little experiment. I found two gray mushrooms and measured them. In fact, one mushroom was bent over, being kept from upward growth by a shallow layer of ground moss. I marked the location and decided to came back in a few days.

Actually it was four days until I made it back and was very surprised with my results. The mushrooms had gotten bigger. One had grown nearly 3/4” of an inch and had even gained a tiny amount of circumference. The other one that was pinned down by the moss shot upright and was nearly 1 1/2 ” tall. Both mushrooms were still as fresh as the day I first found them.

I am assuming then that the big yellows would be the same way. I figured it best to try my experiment on them but sometimes it can be hard to leave a lovely yellow morel behind.

So yes, mushrooms do indeed grow a bit more after they have broken through the surface of the ground. How much they really grow I don’t know. I would guess that daytime temperatures play a big part in this growing process. It could be possible that cool weather might allow for the growing to continue. And then when the weather gets warm the mushrooms might just grow in that one giant push. But it will be exciting to see if a four inch morel grows to six inches after a few days.

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Hi Kevin, Do you like cooking with mushrooms as well as studying them? We’re having a mushroom recipe contest and mailing the winner 2 lbs. of fresh morels! If you have a great recipe, please submit it to (contest link is under the Kobe burger).

Posted by Emily on 05/13 at 11:39 AM

I love morel mushrooms. I haven’t had them for years (decades?) though. So I was looking forward to finding lots of them here at the 100 acre woods. Learning about and searching for morels has been our science lessons. We got books about wild mushrooms. I had no clue how many edible ones there are. I have only had morels. We read about the best places and times to find morels. When Kellen’s grandpa was here he showed Kellen several spots that would be good for hunting. (It was before the season)

Posted by go-gulf on 11/17 at 02:52 AM

I really like mushroom dishes. Here in Asia it will serve with spicy test but I wish I can eat mushrooms with any sweet dish but here in Asia peoples don’t like this as sweet dish maybe in China people likes but not in India and Pakistan.

Posted by aedsys on 12/28 at 06:37 AM

You need something to grow the mushroom on/in, most plants grow in the dirt or as they call it, topsoil or potting soil. We call it “substrate” if it grows mushroom. For substrate I use straw. Other agriculture wastes can also be used, even used coffee grounds, whether by themselves or mixed together. I use just plain old wheat straw.

Posted by cokelover on 09/29 at 10:48 AM

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