- Find the Right Location
To produce a nice harvest of truffles, you will need a lot of land to be able to plant the number of trees that you’ll need.
- Prepare Your Soil
Truffles require a soil pH of 7.5 to 8.3. There are certain companies that you can find on the internet that will actually test your soil based specifically around growing truffles.
- Plan Your Irrigation System
Next, you’ll need to plan an irrigation system. As you can tell, growing truffles is not an overnight success story. It takes lots of time and effort to make them produce.
But watering is one of the things that causes people to give up so soon because they require so much water.
So you’ll need an irrigation system that will make watering your trees easier, efficient, and effective.
- Train a Dog
Most people have found that training a truffle dog is the easiest way to harvest your truffles.
Basically, the same way dogs are trained to sniff out drugs, they can also be trained to sniff out truffles. This will save you a lot of time and effort with digging into the ground only to find that there weren’t any truffles.
- Look for Signs
Next, you are going to want to look for signs that truffles are actually forming at the base of your trees. You’ll do this by noticing ‘burnt areas’ around the base of the tree around year 3 or so.
Basically, this means that no grass or weeds are growing near the base of the tree. The reason is that the truffles release a natural herbicide that kills the weeds.
So if you see this or if you see moss or puffballs growing on the tree, then you’ll have a pretty good indication that truffles are indeed growing under the base of the tree.
Finally, around few year, it will be time to harvest your truffles. When you decide to grow truffles, you need to be sure that you live in an area where you have 4 solid seasons. The reason is that truffles need the change in temperature to prosper.