[NAFEX] grafted chinese chestnuts vs. Dunstan seedlings
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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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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.
>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.
>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?
>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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