How to Encourage Chanterelles in Woodland

by Mike
(Canterbury, UK)


I stumbled onto your site and love the ideas here. I'll probably be experimenting with some mushroom cultivation in our new woodland this year.

We have to fell some mixed chestnut and oak so will have plenty of logs to work with.

I was wondering if you knew of anyway to encourage chanterelles to establish themselves? We have no shortage of hardwood trees (oak, beech, chestnut and birch) but I've yet to see any edible mushrooms here.

Would you be able to bury some spawn around the surface roots? Can you even get chanterelle spawn?

Many thanks


Comments for How to Encourage Chanterelles in Woodland

Click here to add your own comments

Slurry recipes NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi ,

Would like to know if anyone willing to share their slurry recipes if they are not secret.

Will like try a chanterelle slurry this year

Starting chanterelles NEW
by: Anonymous

In north Florida I have found them mostly around oaks. I have successfully started them in my yard by carefully transplanting them several years in a row. When harvesting I always snip them with scissors leaving a portion, of the stem.
Some friends who had them growing naturally under their oaks would pick some, and since they were in their grass, the rest would get mowed. They spread and came up everywhere in their back yard!
Now I have found a handful growing naturally on my NC property...I'm excited to encourage them to increase here!

Success with inoculation NEW
by: Anonymous

I live in Louisiana which is not generally considered chanterelle paradise. They usually come after a late summer rain and then have trouble developing because of a week with no rain at all.
HOWEVER - I did have success inoculating a section of woods using the slurry method. It took 3 years to produce anything and this year it produced enough to be worthy of harvesting. I didn't harvest that section because I would like them to continue propagating. Chanterelles have never been in this woodlot and only the area that was treated with slurry produced so I am reasonably confident in the results.
The section of woods I normally harvest were a boon today, producing over 3lbs in a 30 minute harvest. These are all going to my table!
Good luck to anyone trying this method. I inoculated a mixed growth of hardwood (no pine or spruce) with a slurry of the past prime mushrooms I found. I simply raked the leaves back and poured the thin mixture from a 5 gallon container in rows through the woodlot. It seems to have worked after 3 years of waiting and I plan to repeat this method this week in a larger area.

encouraging in an area that already has chanterelles? NEW
by: Anonymous

I was very interested to stumble upon this thread from a google search. I have no idea how old it is, or if my comment will be seen, but here goes!

I have an area that has lovely chanterelles but very few at a time. The trees are right, it's quite warm and humid here, but I rarely can harvest enough to make a snack at one time. Is there anything I can try to help the little guys along?

Question NEW
by: Anonymous

Can I use slurry when chantrelles are up

Yellow and winter chanterelles NEW
by: Gardensol

Hello. I just bought a property in the Pacific Northwest. The main conifer appears to be western hemlock with the odd Sitka spruce and western red cedar

When I walked the property today (end of January), I noticed many (hundreds) of large winter chanterelles and a single yellow chanterelle.

Since they obviously like it here, I’m going to try watering the forest in July to see if I can force them to bloom earlier.

If you don’t have them on your plot already, you’d need the spores from two different individuals to grow I think. Not two different mushrooms, because if they are close by, they could be the same clone

Chanterelles NEW
by: Anonymous

When we pick them in the wild they are always growing with pine/for trees

chanterelle trees
by: Tarjei T. Jensen

The chanterelle is closely associated with birch, pine and beech.

If you don't try any of these, you will have even more problems getting them to grow.

Without having tried myself, I think the slurry method might be most useful. e.g. expose the roots of the tree somewhat and water using a prepared slurry. Then cover the roots lightly and come back and water the area to make sure there is enough moisture.

It might be a good idea to add some sugar to the water/slurry to make sure that the mycelium don't have to struggle to obtain sugar.

Growing chanterelles
by: Märdel

Wolldecke it be possible to buy fresh chanterelles, dry them and then bury the dried mushrooms among the roots of oak trees. I tried once but I don't think I buried them deep enough.

Chanterelles Cantharellus Seeds Marketed on Ebay
by: Anonymous

10,000+ SEEDS SPORES are being listed For Sale thru a Seller in Serbia.

My experience in Germany related that Chanterelles / "Pfifferlinge" grew exclusively in Fir Forests ( Black Forest ).

The product description is as follows:

Chanterelles Cantharellus cibarius MUSHROOM
[ 10,000+ "SEEDS" ]

The picture accompanying the listing seems to show hermetically sealed plastic bags with "seedling Chanterelles".

Am I about to be subject to a hoax?

Chanterelle farming
by: klaypigeon

There has been some initial success with propagating chanterelles by introducing the mycorrhizal relationship to saplings. I remember seeing a study that was being done in Oregon, but there is precious little info.

Get your diy-scientist hat on and start some experiments!

so beautiful
by: Jane Perinacci

This is such a beautiful shot! In my mind it looks like nature's horn section in a band!

Cultivating Chanterelle Mushrooms
by: Amy

Hi Mike,

Thanks for visiting and I'm glad you like the site. You're asking some great questions, and unfortunately the answers aren't so cut and dry.

Chanterelles are mycorrhizal, meaning they form a beneficial, symbiotic relationship with the roots of certain trees. The fungus gets the benefit of sugars that the tree produces, and the tree gets the benefit of being able to absorb extra water and nutrients through its new fungal "fingers". The mushroom mycelium essentially extends the reach of the tree's roots.

The problem becomes, how do you simulate such a thing in the wild? The relationship between most mycorrhizal fungi and trees is very complex and not fully understood by modern science. Even if you were able to cultivate some spawn, getting it to produce a fruitbody is another matter.

(There's also the theory of fungi secession, the idea that certain species have to appear before the conditions are right for your desired species to appear. This is mentioned a lot when talking about matsutake. Now how to you recreate THAT in nature?)

Does this mean you should give up all hope of encouraging chanterelle growth? I don't necessarily think so. Your idea of burying spawn near the right trees has been echoed by many, only with chanterelles you'd use stem butts or spores instead of spawn. You can always try the spore slurry method on the growing morels page:

It's unreliable and could take years to establish, but what have you got to lose? Chanterelles aren't really successfully grown indoors (thus no spawn for sale anywhere) but there's still so much we don't know. If you found a way to grow chanterelles, you'd be crazy rich.

So good luck with your projects! For more growing information, I'd recommend any of the books by Paul Stamets.


Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Chanterelles.