We Planted Our Truffle Orchard Today

We had a great crew from the research station to plant the trees in record time.  Thanks, guys!

Last spring Garland Truffles donated trees to my program to establish a test & demonstration truffle orchard at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC.  The trees are filberts inoculated with the black Perigord truffle fungus.  As you may recall, it rained a lot last spring and the soil never dried out enough to work it.  So we potted up the little trees and held them for a fall planting.  Same thing happened; it just kept raining.  So we put the trees in an overwintering structure and held them till spring.  Now finally, almost one year later, we have planted our little truffle trees.  And they look great. 

We don't have any research arranged for this small orchard yet.  Right now it is a learning tool for us and a demonstration orchard to teach people what a truffle orchard is all about.  We are looking for funding to conduct research studies on a wide variety of issues including disease management of the filbert trees, testing for the presence and extent of colonization of the fungi in the soil, and fertility management. 

For more information on truffles and how to grow them, here are a few sites to visit:
Close up of one of the trees.  These are much larger than what you would usually plant because we potted them up and held them for a year.

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