Chaga mushrooms require a cold climate to grow on the birch trees. It has undergone several attempts to farm it but sadly, everything happens according to Murphy’s Law in this case. On the other hand, there is a possibility of growing Chaga if the process is conducted flawlessly.
Chaga, the Russian and Chinese traditional medicine, can be cultivated by initiating the process in a laboratory. The mycelium is grown in the laboratory and it is stationed onto a damaged birch tree. Within the span of 5 to 6 years, the burl grows which can be harvested upon its maturity.
Another anecdotal yet somehow scientific method of growing Chaga is by releasing the spores of dead Chaga on a wounded birch tree. The birch tree can be wounded deliberately in your backyard and spores are spread on the wound. Chaga will grow but the process may take around 5 to 10 years to yield our desired mushroom.
The Chaga that is procured from the birch tree is more in the limelight than the ones obtained from maple or ash tree. This is probably because of the fact that Chaga acquired from birch has certain phytochemicals that cannot be found from the ones obtained from trees other than birch.
A wounded birch tree gets infected by the spores of Chaga that are carried by thewind. Chaga mushroom, the untamed feast, keeps growing within the tree. After 10 to 20 years, the mushroom becomes big enough that it hinders the circulation of the sap, leading to the death of the tree.
The mushroom is left to die to release more spores that can attack another wounded birch tree for the continuation of its lifecycle.