Growing Chestnut in Pots

It is really easy to grow chestnuts in tree tubes or other pots ? all that is required are the appropriate pots, soil mix, nuts, labelling, and the initiative to plant and care for the young trees. Planting in pots is great if you like to have gifts for friends, or want to get a head start on growing before you've identified a place to plant. Tree pots come in a variety of sizes with baskets that help organize the pots into an efficient grid. Below are some photos of American chestnuts provided free of charge by the Science Coordinators. It is a smart idea to get to know your local science coordinator! I coerced my daughters into helping plant. When first planted, I cover with a wire mesh to keep out the squirrels or anything else that might want to eat the nuts. Not all germinate and survive, though most do. If using tree pots to grow back-cross trees such as BC3F3, be sure to use very clear labelling.



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For pots I use the Stuewe CP413 and the Tray10 to hold the pots. For the soil, I was advised to use Scott's Moisture Control.

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Bill Adamsen

Bill Adamsen

Bill Adamsen is a member of the CT Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) Board of Directors. He served as Chapter President for eight years.

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