when do you take the horse chestnut off of the tree?
When Do You Take the Horse Chestnut Off of the Tree?
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Only harvest edible chestnut varieties for kitchen use. The horse chestnut looks similar but is poisonous. Horse chestnut husks have a smooth or spiny skin, while edible chestnut husks are completely covered in hairlike bristles.
Spread a tarp or blanket under the chestnut tree when the nuts begin to drop from it in early fall. Cover the ground beneath the entire canopy to collect as many nuts as possible over the two- to four-week harvest window.
Collect the fallen nuts every two days. The most mature nuts are full size with the husk already splitting open on its own.