Friday, May 17, 2013

We Expanded Our Research and Demonstration Truffle Orchards This Week!

On Wednesday, we expanded our Black Perigord truffle research/demonstration area by planting over 70 inoculated filbert trees. These trees were generously donated by Garland Truffles. The new orchard is located right next to our existing orchard at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC. As you can see from the pictures, this is a beautiful location for our orchards!
We continue to use the truffle orchard establishment method developed by Franklin Garland. This involves planting through black polypropylene landscape fabric with drip-irrigation.
These are special filbert trees because they are supposed to be immune to Eastern Filbert Blight (EFB). EFB is a big problem for truffle growers. It can seriously damage or kill a tree.
It will be five years or so before these trees start producing truffles. In the intervening years, we have to work to raise the soil pH through annual applications of lime, keep the orchard weeded and watered, prune the trees, and monitor for diseases and insects. Unlike our other orchard, hopefully we won't be spraying for EFB!
We pruned our established orchard in February.
Our established truffle orchard is visible in the background here, just behind the new planting area.  The trees were planted in the spring of 2010.


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