On the other hand, even though Kingston is not in the historical range of the Chestnut, I am pretty confident that it would grow given that it was found in Vermont and that there are some planted groves in Atlantic Canada.
Josey Hains wrote:Golden Bough sells hybrid chestnuts:
Yup, I saw that. I am looking to start a large quantity of them though and I don't think I can afford buying 500 chestnuts from them.
The uncultivated chestnuts we have have a big variation - the majority have small nuts, multiple to a pod, with little meat to them. A few have bigger nuts.
Cultivated varieties can be much bigger - like 5 times the weight per nut - have a single big nut per pod, and fall easily from their prickly pods. Some of them have even been bred to fruit as soon as the second year from planting.
There are big benefits to using grafted trees
Cee Ray wrote:Just out of curiosity does anyone the why Chinese chestnut is not considered a so-called timber variety? I asked the folks at the gellatly farm and they seemed to think they were good, well they looked good and straight anyways. They originally planted them quite close so they grew pretty upright.
From what I have read and heard they are much smaller than the American Chestnut so that they are not considered as good.
did you try firstname.lastname@example.org
Yep, I sent them an email.
The gellatly nut farm looks to be zone 5b or perhaps 6a, I'm in 5a but I'm going to try a bunch of nuts from their manoka walnut if I can. The manoka walnuts can get over 2.5" in length, they're quite impressive.
Adrien Lapointe wrote:The people at Gellatly said that they don't know yet if they will ship. It seems like they are extremely busy.
Cee, I did not know that Grimo would sell seeds. Is it on their webpage?
It's not on their homepage and they don't have many. The ones that I wanted they don't have at all this year. Just email them and see
When they dry this year's harvest of fresh nuts, most of them they dry enough to ensure they won't mold in storage. Seed nuts,however, become non-viable when they get that dry, so the Grimos only dry them a bit.
You have to order your seed nuts ahead of time, as they only prepare enough of these to fill then orders that have come in- the rest of the nuts are dried for eating.
Ernie Grimo, now mainly retired, has many decades of nut breeding work under his belt. He has created many Ontario adapted varieties that are still widely planted and has been a leading figure in NAFEX and the Northern Nut Growers Association.His daughter, Linda Grimo, is now running the farm and you will find her most helpful to talk to.
Adrien Lapointe wrote:anybody knows the price they sell the seeds for?
I can't find the email but it depends on what you want. Somewhere between $12-18/lbs for what I asked as far as I remember.
Oh and some went by seed. Something like 4 for $1. There was also an upcharge on something, can't remember and shipping & handling of course.