As mentioned here, I am planting a bunch of supermarket chestnuts in my tree nursery, variety unknown, but presumably a Chinese chestnut of some sort.
It's going well I think; germination so far has been 100%. However, I've never seen a chestnut seedling or a chestnut tree so I am not sure what to expect. When I Google for chestnut seedling images, I get pictures of a fairly normal tree seedling, with young small leaves on a new stalk. I am assuming those are American chestnuts and hybrids.
Whereas what I am getting is unlike any tree seedling I've ever seen. Each of my chestnuts is sending up a small forest of green stalks, like chives but taller and stiffer. The tallest are above 18" by now and I still haven't seen anything resembling a leaf. Has anybody seen chestnut seedlings that look like this?
I'm enjoying the adventure of the thing, but sort of wondering if I'm ever going to get anything resembling a tree.
Just to be clear, there's just one chestnut planted in the recycled plastic beverage container you see in the attached photo.
Doh! I was indeed starting to worry that I had planted some exotic-but-mislabeled Chinese vegetable. As, indeed, it seems I have.
That other thread I linked describes the circumstances of my purchase. In short, I found them in a refrigerator case in an Asian grocery, shrink wrapped on a styrofoam produce tray, labeled simply "Chestnuts" in English. Never having seen a chestnut or a water chestnut, I seem to have leaped to the wrong conclusion.
I haven't planted them all yet. I'll attach a photo of one of the ones still in my seed fridge.
Now I guess it's time to go educate myself on the care and feeding of *water* chestnuts, because that one I tasted was mighty good! Thanks for the noodge in the right direction, folks...