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In our area (like in the woods literally across the road) porcini grow, but tons of people go mushroom hunting so I rarely find any (also because i am totally blind and tend to find 40 types of mushrooms that I don't recognize and thus don't touch).

Because they grow so well here, i was wondering if I could somehow grow them on our property?

We have a part of our yard which has some fruit trees, a couple of larger trees and is mostly grass and wild flowers and wild strawberries. Could we hope to get some porcini here? Should we buy a kit online or something?

The local law here is that when you go mushroom hunting you have to clean the mushrooms on site and carry them in breathable baskets so as to leave the spores where the mushroom was found. Even if I wanted to cheat this rule, I never find any porcinis as it is, so how should I go about my experiment?
 
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Sadly the Porcini mushroom has evaded the ability of the commercial mushroom kit makers and the regulations are set to styme them from being able to develop a species to put into kit form.

They will grow in a cardboard roll, but you have to get spores onto that cardboard then keep it moist so the spores will sprout and grow and then you will be able to grow Porcini mushrooms.

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Thanks Redhawk!

So if I were to find porcini near my home, i could bring wet paper towel rolls with me and clean the bottom part on there, then bury the paper towel roll in my yard and they might grow?

 
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Yes, that would be one method to get them going in your soil.  You can also simply grow them on flat cardboard that you roll up and hold together with a string after getting the spores into place, keeping this cardboard roll moist is then the key.

The real trick is to get enough spores onto your growing medium, rubbing a finger lightly across the underside should dislodge plenty of spores.

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