Sweet Chestnut

Yum ! Chestnuts in the autumn.
Common name : Sweet Chestnut
Scientific name : Castanea sativa
Family : Fagaceae
Category : Trees
Type of plant : Perennial
Pruning needed
Pruning needed
Sun loving
Sun loving
Frost resistant
Frost resistant
Full description for Castanea sativa not yet available.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Harvestint

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
Granulométrie plants.granulometry_3
Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 6a
Height 1000 - 3000
pH 5 - 6

Plant my sweet chestnut

Plant your chestnut in deep soil, fresh, drained, not too calcareous, sheltered from cold and dry winds. 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 sweet chestnut

Water regularly and generously for several weeks after planting. After, you only have to worry about watering in case of drought during the first summer.

Reap my sweet chestnut

Every year, at the end of the summer, think about picking chestnuts.

Unprop my sweet chestnut

Your tree should be well rooted after two or three years, so remove the stake now that it is not needed anymore.

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