A common tree, cultivated in streets and parks throughout the temperate world.
Common name : Horse Chestnut
Scientific name : Aesculus hippocastanum
Family : Hippocastanaceae
Category : Trees
Type of plant : Perennial
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Sowing & planting
1000 - 2500
6 - 7
Identify my horse chestnut
Fastoche is the tree that bears horse-chestnuts! It also has 5 to 7-lobed webbed leaves, and it flowers in white candles as early as April-May.
Plant my horse chestnut
Plant your horse chestnut in deep soil, fresh, well drained and rather rich.
Plant preferably in winter, in bare roots or in mound. Dig a hole deep enough, twice as large as the root ball, without mixing the layers of the soil.
Plant a solid stake at the bottom of the hole, on the edge, inclined to the prevailing winds. Cut the root hair - the fine roots that looks like hair - to balance the volume of roots and foliage.
Plant without burying the boundary between trunk and roots of the tree, putting the soil layers in the same order you removed them. Tamp the soil around the roots with your foot, so you do not leave a pocket of air, and attach the stake to the trunk with a suitable extensible link.
Form a hollow in the soil and water abundantly until you fill it.
Water my horse chestnut
Water regularly and copiously for a few weeks after planting if you did it late. After, you should not have to care anymore, except during droughts
Prune my horse chestnut
It can be useful during the first years to force the formation of a vertical main branch on your chestnut, keeping only one terminal branch.
Afterward do not touch it except to remove entangled branches.
Mulch my horse chestnut
To help your horse chestnut, it is better to limit the competition from grass at their base.
Mulch it with dry leaves and shredded branches. Renew once or twice a year.