TRUFFLES – LAND, CLIMATE and TREES

Site Assessment Bookings. Contact Neil van Rij – info@mushrush.co.za / +27 (0)82 2944787.

We will need; your GPS co-ordinates, cold units and an idea of how many hectares you are considering for truffle establishment (.5ha +. Our recommended minimum is 3ha)

Mushrush as your truffle tree supplier

  •  We are SACNASP registered and a member of the SASPP
  • We do not insist on any contractual obligations with growers
  • We are uniquely positioned to supply truffle trees for plantations from ¼ hectare and upwards
  • Our expertise in South African agriculture, plant pathology and mycology root us firmly in this nascent industry
  • Our network includes local and internationally recognized experts in the field of truffle tree production
  • Our truffle nursery production protocols and facilities are in line with proven international standards.

Ideal plantation sites have:

  • Moderate winter and summer temperatures
  • Free draining low clay soils
  • Water available for irrigation

Mushrush works with you to select the most suitable site, taking into consideration terrain and climatic characteristics.

Temperature

  • June/July minimum temperatures, less than 10° C. December/January average maximum temperatures, less than24° C.
  • Temperatures outside this range are not ideal but may be tempered with mulching and use of slope aspects
  • Dynamic cold units: 800

Soil characteristics

  • Permeable and well aerated (free draining loam soils)
  • Rocky soils
  • pH between 7.9 – 8.2
  • Waterlogged soils are to be avoided completely
  • No sub-soil compaction layers

Water and irrigation

  • Irrigation starts at the end of October to April, with January, February and March being the most intensive time period.

Planting out

  • 400-600 trees per hectare based on your site’s micro-climate.
  • More trees gives a denser mycelial network.
  • Filtered sunlight (70% shade)
  • Mushrush supply Holm Oak, – the European’s tree of choice

Management

  • Annual soil testing is necessary to determine top-up lime.
  • Irrigation management ensures healthy truffle fungus and it’s spread through your plantation.
  • Plantation health advice is provided by our registered natural scientific professionals.
  • Regular removal of weeds around the trunks. Mow between the lines with a light tractor fitted with fat tyres. Aerate the soil in early Spring with a shallow-tine implement.
  • As the truffle fungus establishes on the tree roots, a bare area (brulé) will form under the trees indicating that the Tuber melanosporum fungus is established and providing nutrients to the trees.
  • Our professionals will visit to evaluate mycorrhizal density and quantity using DNA analysis.

 Harvesting

We provide hunting and harvesting services with our trained dog.

 

Please send me a copy of your truffle info pack.

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