Horse Chestnut Trees

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  1. Planting Horse Chestnut Seeds
  2. Clean Up After Horse Chestnuts Fall
  3. Can You Keep Horse Chestnut Trees in a Container?
  4. How Close Should a Horse Chestnut Be Safely Planted to a House
  5. Make Horse Chestnut Bloom
  6. Horse Chestnut Tree
  7. Horse Chestnut Growth
Asked by Anonymous on January 22, 2011
Planting Horse Chestnut Seeds

How do you plant a horse chestnut seed that is sprouting? Do you plant the sprout in the ground facing up or facing down? Which kind of soil is best?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Thank you for sending us your question. The following article 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 April 15, 2011
Clean Up After Horse Chestnuts Fall

We just purchased a home and there is a horse chestnut tree in our front yard. We have been trying to clean up all the mess this tree drops. We want to plant under this tree but I don’t want the nuts falling in a bed. What is the easiest way to deal with this? Should we bring in soil to cover the exposed roots and just plant grass?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

While there is no real definitive answer here, I would go along with your suggestion (bringing in soil and planting with grass). There is no way to prevent the tree from dropping nuts and unless you want to spend all your time cleaning up your bed, it would probably be just as easy to rake the area clean whenever needed.

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Asked by Jackie on April 20, 2011
Can You Keep Horse Chestnut Trees in a Container?

I’d like to buy a horse chestnut tree for a friend, but she doesn’t have her own garden at the moment. Can they be kept in a container, and if so, for how long? Many thanks.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can grow any tree in a container as long as you have enough room for the roots and can provide the water it needs. If the tree is just a sapling, you can likely keep it in a container for at least a few years before its space and water needs become more than you can provide.

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Asked by johnmcnally on May 5, 2011
How Close Should a Horse Chestnut Be Safely Planted to a House

I am worried about foundations and roof when the tree is fully grown.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You want to give it at least 40 feet of spacing from the house as this will be its potential spread when fully grown. The spread of the canopy in trees reflects the spread of the roots, so if you plan for the canopy, this will also take care of the roots.

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Asked by Anonymous on May 12, 2011
Make Horse Chestnut Bloom

My daughter planted a horsechest nut seed 15 plus years ago. The tree is big and fine,  but has never flowerd/bloomed. Any ideas on what it needs an how to push it?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

While there is a chance you have a sterile tree, this would still not explain the lack of blooms. The amount of time you have had it tells me it has been flourishing. Normally, these trees will develop blooms within the first 4 years and begin setting seed within 8. Perhaps there is a problem with pollination or you could try add phosphorus to the soil, such as bone meal. I am sorry I cannot be of more help to you, as this has me baffled as well.

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Asked by Anonymous on May 31, 2011
Horse Chestnut Tree

My Horse Chestnut tree has never flowered or gotten chestnuts on it. The tree is about 15-20 years old. Is there anything I can do to get it to produce flowers and/or nuts? It is planted in rich soil and lives in a wooded area in Buffalo, NY.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I am not certain why your tree has not produced blooms, which of course affects its ability to produce chestnuts. While there is a chance you have a sterile tree, this would still not explain the lack of blooms. I am assuming that it is planted in an area receiving sun, as the amount of time you have had it tells me it has been flourishing. Normally, these trees will develop blooms within the first 4 years and begin setting seed within eight. Perhaps there is a problem with pollination. I am sorry I cannot be of more help to you, as this has me baffled as well.

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Asked by Anonymous on June 17, 2011
Horse Chestnut Growth

I’m planning on adding a horse chestnut tree to my garden, and I would like to know how quickly they grow.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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