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Q.American Chestnut Dormancy Over Witnter In My House

Zone Searsport, Maine | Dodgedaddie added on January 20, 2024 | Answered

I have a chestnut in a pot that I didn\\\’t get in the ground before frost. Can I keep growing the house or should it be put in dormancy for the winter, Like in my celler

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Answered on January 22, 2024

They will need a dormancy to remain healthy. For dormancy of an American chestnut tree in a container, follow these steps: Begin by choosing a suitable container with drainage holes to prevent waterlogging. Fill the container with a well-draining soil mix. Place the American chestnut sapling in the container, ensuring its roots are adequately covered with soil. Water the tree thoroughly and place the container in a cool cellar with a temperature between 32-40°F (0-4°C). Monitor the soil moisture regularly to avoid excessive dryness. During dormancy, limit watering to prevent root rot. Check the tree for any signs of pests or diseases, and apply appropriate treatments if needed. When it's time for planting, gradually reintroduce the tree to warmer temperatures, acclimating it to the outdoor environment before transplanting.

Here is an article for more information on care for your tree:


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