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Richmond KY

Discussion in 'Kentucky' started by killbox21, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. killbox21

    killbox21 Young Morel

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    Found about 10 yellows around the Boonesborough area today. This is my second year finding them and I was wondering how long I should watch them before picking them. Most were about the size of my thumb with a few a little bit bigger.
     
  2. emmagreen

    emmagreen Morel Enthusiast

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    Are they headed for being the "big yellows" or the greys?

    You should let them get big enough to drop some spores before picking them. That helps ensure some new hyphae and thus preserve your patch.Once they have dropped some spores, the rest is just a matter of choice.
     

  3. mar2mar2

    mar2mar2 Morel Enthusiast

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    :-D I found 1 today on the side of my driveway. I live in the redlick valley. I think the rain coming will make them POP. #Morels
     
  4. killbox21

    killbox21 Young Morel

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    Found about 7 more today. When the tops turn a dark brown are they ready to pick?
     
  5. emmagreen

    emmagreen Morel Enthusiast

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    If they are greys (darker pits, lighter ridges), they turn brown (rusty-looking) on top when they get wet. The color does not hurt them. If they are blacks (the ridges are black, pits are lighter) then you should wait till they are dark on top. Either way, they sound like they are ready to pick. You want to get them before the snails do!

    There have been many studies done about how much a morel grows over time-- I think it averages around 1/4" a day or something like that. Of course, it depends on temperature and rainfall.

    By the way, the greys can vary a lot in color. Some mycologists claim the greys and the yellows are the same and the larger yellows are just mature smaller yellows. Other mycologists argue they are different species.
     
  6. killbox21

    killbox21 Young Morel

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    Picked over 40 this morning. Only a few of them were big but going to another place to look today