Chestnuts

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  1. bigpuddin43

    bigpuddin43 12 pointer

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    39 of my 43 chestnuts are up. These are 15/16th American chestnuts. Pretty excited. Thinking I will let them grow this year in the Rubbermaid tote then transplant next year.

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  2. CentralKyHunter

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    Looking good!!! A lot of guys swear by the " root maker" pots. Guess it depends how much you like them!!!
     
  3. chris149

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    I left some in a tote before and had on heck of a mess with the roots. I would transplant them into bigger pots so you don't hurt the roots later on. Just my opinion.
     
  4. bigpuddin43

    bigpuddin43 12 pointer

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    Yeah the root issue was my concern but paying $2 per pot for 40 pots wasn't the answer I was hoping for


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  5. CentralKyHunter

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    What part of state you live in? I've got a bunch of pots I would give ya if it's feasible
     
  6. Valley Station

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    Talking about Dunstan chestnuts?
     
  7. bigpuddin43

    bigpuddin43 12 pointer

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    Were did you get your chestnuts from? I would like to get me some started.
     
  9. bigpuddin43

    bigpuddin43 12 pointer

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    These are chestnuts I picked up off a couple trees.


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  10. KYT

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    Not sure why you want to wait until next year--to protect them? I would plant them where you want them this year, put hardware cloth cages over them to protect them from animals. The sooner they get started growing in the permanent location the better. Don't know about chestnuts, but walnut have a taproot that after a year would be tough to transplant without damaging it. If it is damaged it stunts the tree and makes it harder to compete with other vegetation.
     
  11. smashdn

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    Use an air pruner pot to nip that tap root.

    I was asking over on the refuge forums some guys about this with pecans and oaks. He had some impressive pictures where by stopping the growth of the tap root you can force the tree to put on more top growth and more vigorous fibrous root growth. Theoretically it is supposed to make the tree produce nuts faster.

    However, he also had some trees that if you did not transplant and water and fertilize at just the right times you killed your tree. I think he went on vacation and was about a week late on transplanting and he killed some of his trees. It seemed like it was a good process but very unforgiving.
     
  12. bigpuddin43

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    Interesting. I am going to pot some and maybe put some in the ground. I figured giving them a years growth before putting them in the ground they would be able to handle the deer browse better.


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