Chestnut Trees

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  1. Growing a Horse Chestnut Tree
  2. Dry Horse Chestnuts
  3. Planting Horse Chestnut From Seed
  4. Nut Tree Grafting-Chestnut
  5. Cultivate chestnuts
  6. Chinese chestnut tree
  7. Dead kumbs in Chinees Chestnuts
Asked by Anonymous on March 5, 2011
Growing a Horse Chestnut Tree

I planted some conkers with my children; one has sprouted. I am looking for some advice on what to do next. It would be wonderful to have a tree in the garden, but I don’t know if I’ve got enough space. Can you help?

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Nikki
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Asked by Anonymous on March 16, 2011
Dry Horse Chestnuts

I have some dry horse chestnut seeds from last year. Will they still germinate, and if so, can you advise me on the best way to do this?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It has a good chance of sprouting. Here is information on growing the seeds: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/horse-chestnut/how-to-grow-a-horse-chestnut-tree.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on July 22, 2011
Planting Horse Chestnut From Seed

As a child I sat on my roof under a Horse Chestnut tree. When I got married I grabbed a handful of Horse Chestnut seeds and told myself that I would plant them when I bought my first home. After 13 years, I took them out of my jewelry box and placed them in the ground in the fall. The next spring I had 7 trees. I just don’t remember how I planted them. There is a small portion of the seed that is light beige or white, and I think that I placed the seed in the ground with that side down. Am I correct? I have 7 brothers and sisters who would now love to have a childhood memory too!

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Thank you for sending us your question. The following article(s) should be of some help to you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/horse-chestnut/how-to-grow-a-horse-chestnut-tree.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on October 5, 2014
Nut Tree Grafting-Chestnut

I have a chestnut tree in the ground, about 5 ft tall. I have some branches from a producing chestnut tree that I would like to graft in. Should I do it now and what method would be best? I live in southeast Texas near the gulf.

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theficuswrangler

Grafting trees is rather a technical business, and differs widely from specie to specie, and situation to situation. I urge you to do some serious research on this matter if you want to be successful. You could consult with the nearest county extension service, to see what they recommend. This link will help you locate the nearest office: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/what-is-extension-service.htm

Here is a quick overview of grafting: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/grafting-trees-what-is-tree-grafting.htm

And this article should be of some value; it is one of many: http://chestnuts.freeservers.com/custom.html

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Asked by Anonymous on February 22, 2017
Cultivate Chestnuts

Chestnut planted in a glass container. How to move it into the soil?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can go ahead and move the seedling into a pot of good organic soil.

It can remain in the pot until the following spring, then planted outdoors.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/buckeye/buckeye-tree-planting.htm

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Asked by Kylebleh on April 28, 2017
Chinese Chestnut Tree

I recently bought a Chinese chestnut tree from a local nursery. Its in a large container with a bunch of suckers going with it. It looks more like a shrub. The guy at the nursery told me that it’s a suckering tree and to not cut them down and to plant it and forget it. I was wondering if you could tell me if this is true or not. Thank you.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

A Chinese Chestnut should be grown as a single trunk.They are a wider growing tree, but you will want a single trunk.
All suckers should be removed as soon as they grown.

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/topic/chestnuts/horticultural_care/pruning

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/nut-trees/chinese-chestnuts/chinese-chestnut-trees.htm

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Asked by dj_check on June 28, 2017
Dead Kumbs in Chinees Chestnuts

I have a mature (>20yrs) Chineese chestnut in my front yard, that until two years ago seemed perfectly healthy and produced a large crop every year. It is multi-stemmed from its base, with the four major stems measuring between 7″ to 15″ DBH, with limbs extending out 20+ feet. I removed two dead limbs last year that were 3-4″ in diameter. As I examined them, I found that two to four feet away from the main stem they appeared to be twisted and splitting appart long ways, for about a foot or so. I just finished removing five other similar limbs this year, with three more to go that will require a cherrypicker to reach them. Everything else on the tree appears very healthy – no sign of fungus even where the bark is splitting off the limb.
a) Are these limbs simply to long to mechanically support their own weight, and twisting apart from wind stress (lot of wind here, 24072 zip code, 2800ft elevation!)?
b) Do Chineese chestnust have “latent buds” that will sprout if I reduce the lenght of the remaing branches? I would like to take them back by about 1/4 this winter, and again by another 1/4 next winter.

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