How to grow truffles indoors. Truffles are small, lumpy, white mushrooms that grow in a number of plants.
They can be grown by planting seeds or by taking rootstock from plants that have produced them and then inoculating the roots of the plant with spores.
The first crop takes many years to mature after planting, but after that, a tree can produce truffles every year which is why they are such an expensive delicacy.
Truffles taste delicious often working as an ingredient for other dishes or as a headliner on their own when prepared with care and expertise.
How to grow truffles indoors
To grow morels, place a terra cotta pot on top of a drainage plate near a sunny window in a room that maintains a temperature value between 70 and 75 degrees.
Fill the pot about halfway with soil mixed with small gravel or sand, and then immerse the pot in the middle of an indoor planting bed.
The following are a few more tips listed in this post:
A Truffle Growing Kit for Indoors
Black truffles are better for some indoor mushrooms gardens, but if you have the space and good soil white button mushrooms will be more beneficial because they’re difficult to grow otherwise.
Purchase a kit from a local garden center that lets you know what is needed for mushroom growth and make sure it’s either already organic or can grow organic with little to no additional fertilization. Or check out the Black truffle kits online.
If your Kit isn’t pre-inoculated, inoculate your substrate
Add substrate to a sterilized jar, then use a spore syringe to inject the truffle spores into the container.
Make sure you mix the mushroom spore with your substrate well and shake the container from time to time to redistribute any clumps so that all of it will get evenly colonized over time.
It’s best to place your container in a dark place that stays between the temperature of 21-25 C (70-77 F) but not less than 18 °C (64 F). Be sure to keep your truffle safe from direct sunlight so it doesn’t dry out or become less effective.
Set up the kit
Make sure to read the instructions that will be provided with your kit. Some kits already have the truffle spores mixed into the substrate and moisture is all that is required.
If not, simply add the truffle spores to the substrate by following the instructions you received in your kit.
Gently push the truffle spores about 2-3 mm below the top of your substrate using a sterilized tool such as a small spoon or fork.
Start your truffle garden by adding water to the soil
Use a watering can or spray bottle to moisten the soil that contains the truffle spores.
You should prepare your planting environment and purchase truffle saplings for transplanting into your new growing environment.
Some vendors are also now selling young truffles that are ready to transplant! Check the instructions that came with your kit to find out exactly how much water is recommended.
Substrate should be rinsed and shaken
Some starter kits may come with a pre-mixed substrate. After inoculating another substrate such as rye berries, you will need to rinse the mixture to help activate the truffle spores.
This process usually involves adding water to your mixture and allowing it to sit for approximately 30-60 minutes. The lid will also be kept on the container during this time period.
Once the time has elapsed, drain out all excess water by covering it and inverting it multiple times to ensure that there is no further liquid left in the bottom of the container.
Each kit will have specific instructions for how long you should leave the lid on your implements, so follow these guidelines carefully.
You need to keep the lid on your truffle garden
When starting a truffle garden one must always be careful to prevent contamination from occurring. Spores from other types of fungi, like mold can get into the substrate if you leave it exposed.
If your truffle garden gets contaminated, you stand to lose the entire batch of potent.
Additionally, it may damage your truffle crop so make sure to always secure the lid over the box or bag on top of the garbage sack or another empty container that can easily collect any adverse environmental elements.
Keep the grow kit between 21 and 25 °C in a dark area
Mushrooms do not need light to grow. They require a dark and wet environment to flourish, similar to the way in which one grows mold on bread.
Keeping your kit in a pantry, cabinet, or under a towel at room temperature will help you produce accurate crop growth as you experiment with various methodologies.
Prepare the soil for growth by moistening it before it dries out
Use your index finger to test if the soil feels moist. Allow it to dry out a little between waterings and never overwater or underwater.
In about 2-3 weeks, your truffles will grow
Truffle kits grow much faster than truffles in the wild. Check on your truffles daily to monitor their progress. You may see growth after 1-2 weeks, and your mushrooms should be ready to harvest after 2-3 weeks.