Plowed field
Plowed field
The field should be prepared at least six months prior to planting
The field should be prepared at least six months prior to planting

The optimal site for a truffle orchard is an open area with good southern exposure. It should be free of trees and roots for preferably a year or more prior to planting but with a minimum of six months. Up to a 15 degree slope is acceptable. A buffer strip between the edge of the orchard and adjacent trees is necessary to avoid contamination from other tree roots. The land is then tilled and soil acidity is adjusted. In rare cases extreme nutritional deficiencies are corrected.  Garland Truffles will specifically advise you as to the exact requirements depending on your unique conditions.

A high density planting using different host trees combinations is used, about 500 trees per acre.

Since filbert trees tend to produce sooner, but with a shorter life span than oaks, the two species can be interplanted.

Certain soils will only support specific type of host tree. Garland Truffles can advise you as to what will work best to suit your specific needs .

Site Preparation