[NAFEX] grafted chinese chestnuts vs. Dunstan seedlings

Ginda Fisher list at ginda.us
Sat May 17 18:21:36 EDT 2008


Has anyone tried the seedling chestnuts from Badgersett?  I have not, but 
they sound intriguing.
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Ginda

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On Sat, 17 May 2008 14:43:33 -0400 Hilborn.E at epamail.epa.gov wrote:
>I would appreciate some advice about chestnuts.  I am having trouble 
growing grafted Chinese trees.
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>I have had repeated deaths of 4 - 6 year-planted grafted Chinese chestnuts 
(about 6-10 feet tall 1-2 inch diameter).  They have even matured enough to 
produce nuts before dying.  Most appeared to be graft failures, due to teh 
appearance of basal sprouting, but my oldest, a Crane, appeared to die to 
the ground after my late frost this year just after it started to leaf out.
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>Does anyone recommend Dunstan seedlings to avoid these apparent grafted 
tree problems? Is there a good source of seedling trees that will produce 
fairly consistent nuts?
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>I love chestnuts and would like to grow them  I have acidic, well drained 
red clay soil, high planting sites.  I have used bone meal as an amendment 
in the planting holes.  They have all been mulched with pine bark chunks.  
I am in zone 7a, central NC.
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>Betsy Hilborn
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