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How to Plant a Chestnut Seed

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Overview

There are two options when seeding chestnuts: direct seeding or indoor seeding to be transplanted permanently when the time comes. The basics are virtually the same, but when direct seeding into a permanent bed, different precautions must be taken to insure the seedlings survival. No matter which way you seed chestnuts, always grow the appropriate tree that will flourish in the seasonal environmental in which you live.

Indoor Seeding

Step 1

With scissors, cut the top off your 1/2 gallon milk or juice container.

Step 2

Punch holes in the bottom of the container with your awl.

Step 3

Fill the container with potting soil.

Step 4

Place your chestnut seed between 1/2 inch to 1 inch below the surface. If there is no root showing, place it sideways. Otherwise, place the root tip downwards.

Step 5

Cover with potting soil.

Step 6

Maintain the soil and keep it moist. After one year, transplant it March of the next growing season.

Direct Seeding

Step 1

During October, dig a hole in the soil about 2 feet deep and 8 inches wide using your garden trowel.

Step 2

Combine the fresh soil in a 50/50 mix with peat moss and fill in the hole.

Step 3

Allow this soil to settle after watering or a rain.

Step 4

Plant the seed between 1/2 inch and 1 inch deep. Just like indoor seeding, if there is no root showing, place it sideways, otherwise, place the root tip downwards.

Step 5

Cover with your soil mix.

Step 6

Cut out the bottom of your milk gallon jug and then press the edges about 2 or 3 inches deep into the moist soil. This will act as a shelter for your seedling when it sprouts, keeping animals from eating the sprout.

Step 7

In a year or so, when the milk carton begins to restrict the seedling's growth, carefully use your scissors and cut the carton away.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • 1/2 gallon empty plastic milk or juice container
  • Awl
  • Peat moss
  • Scissors
  • Garden trowel

References

  • Growing American Chestnuts: Planting and Growing Seeds, p. 7
  • American Chestnut Cooperator's Foundation
  • The American Chestnut Foundation's Quick Guidelines to Growing Chestnut Trees
Keywords: seeding chestnuts, direct seeding, indoor seeding, peat moss, potting soil

About this Author

Dale Yelich, the Maintenance Guy, has been involved with do-it-yourself projects, home repair, household maintenance, and as a consultant with home and industries, for over 25 years. His work has appeared in the Lacrosse Tribune, Women's Day and New Home Journal, among others. Yelich has a Master of Science in zoology.

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