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Wondering if anyone has a good soil recipe for walnuts, oaks, chestnuts...growing from the nut itself? I'm in zone 6a. Thank you!
 
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I get lots of chestnut and hazelnut seedlings each spring under the trees where I missed nuts when I was collecting. They seem to enjoy sprouting on the surface with a haphazard covering of leaves. So, if I were to mimic that I'd fill pots or bags with some good topsoil or compost, put the nuts on top in the autumn, cover with some leaves and keep them outdoors. The winter chilling (stratification) is important to break dormancy in seeds of many temperate-climate trees.
 
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Generally the best soil for sprouting seedling trees is as close to the soil they will be transplanted into.

If you have a clay #2 horizon you can mix equal amounts of the topsoil (#1 horizon) with the #2 horizon for a good starting soil.

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