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Newbie question - spore prints and life span

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I made some spore prints of a few types of mushrooms that were growing in our local park. What's the best way to store them?

Can they remain viable as long as they are kept under cool, dry conditions like plant seeds?

Also, is it worth while making spore prints for mycorrhizal types like porcini/morels?

Thanks in advance.

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Cool, dark, sealed.

I asked the same question a few days ago on another forum and apparently some had used prints over 5 years old. Purely anecdotal but it sounds about right.

Honestly can't answer that one. Never done that myself.

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I think Roger Rabbit revived some spores that were over 20 years old.

They were rehydrated in a pressurised vessel.

Storage is very important, a cool dark place (fridge) is definitely needed.

As for the Morels, If you can come up with a method to reliably grow them you will be a very rich woman.

The mycelium can be grown from spores (sometimes) but it is notoriously difficult to get it to fruit under artificial conditions.

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Thanks at0m and SallyD,

About refridgerating the spores just so i know what would be the ideal temperature?

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I have a book from 1975 that came with a spore print, envelope still unopened but i can't actually see a print inside.

The colder the better, the drier the better for storage.

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The colder the better, the drier the better for storage.

But don't let them freeze!

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Store in a Cool, Dry, Dark Place and it should keep fresh and nice for months, Start with PF TEK Google for help, ~S

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