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Chinese chestnut in retail trade

 
Casie Becker
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Does anyone know if Chinese chestnuts are typically grown from cuttings or seed? The local big box stores are carrying them this year, and as far as I can tell they are on their own roots. As they need cross-pollination I don't think it would do me much good to get two if they are grown from cuttings. On the other hand, if they are grown from seed, I know exactly where I could plant both of them that would give them enough room to grow while working well with the other elements of my yard.

Or even as an alternative, if I buy one plant would it be hard to source and then grow a second one, myself?
 
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Great question! I spotted some of these at Tractor Supply, where did you find them.
 
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Home Depot. It doesn't look like there's any grafting at the base, which is why I have some hope. Expensive, but it'll only get more expensive in the future.
 
William Bronson
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Ahah! Less than ten bucks at Tractor Supply? The also have hazelnut, pecan, kiwi and goji.
Quality? Who knows, but for less than fast food, one might gain a perennial food plant.
Does the one at your Home Depot call itself Dunstan? That's "the" name in chestnuts for deer plots.
 
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No, Dunstans are American or possible American/Chinese hybrids. The ones I'm looking at are straight up Chinese Chestnuts. After reading your post I called the Tractor Supply stores in my area, but they're already sold out of all trees.

We usually either fall plant or start spring planting of trees around February here. For trees, if I don't pick up and plant in the next couple weeks, I'd keep it in a pot next to the hose so that it was easily pampered until a fall planting. I've actually had good success with this in the past.
 
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Sold out!? Crap, and me between (tiny) pay days, so catching the tail end ain't gonna happen...
 
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