Sunday, April 12, 2009

Growth Experiment - part 3 (day 5 results)

Well here is day 5. I have kept it at a pretty constant temperature around 70 degrees and the growth has been constant as well. It is averaging about a 1/4 inch growth every 2 days.

Day 1: 1 1/4" X 3/4"
Day 3: 1 1/2" X 1"
Day 5: 1 3/4" X 1 1/4"

It is a lot more yellowish in color and getting bigger. It started to lean over and touch the side so I had to reposition it. Instead of going up to 75 as planned I am going to bump it up to 85 for one night and see if such a drastic change in temperature will up the growth rate more than the average. I believe it will, but only time will tell for sure.


Karli-Rae said...

your experiment is awesome! I want to grow my own mushrooms... can you see the spores that make them come back year after year?

Also, what's the temperature been like where you're at? Up here in Kirksville we've had tons of rain but I honestly thought that it's be way too cold for the morels to start popping up since it's gotten to the 30s every night for 2 weeks. But then I read your blog and hear of people finding some up here. And will a freeze kill them or will it just halt their growth for a while?


Chris R said...


My name is Chris. I just graduated from Truman in the Spring of 2008.
I lived there for a few months after graduation and got a chance to do a little mushroom hunting.

Last year I found a few pretty good spots around the Kirksville area for finding morels. I didn't see much until the second week of May. Be very patient up there. It will get warmer soon.

If you want, feel free to email me: I can give you some ideas of where to look.