The Amazing Thing About Chestnut Seedlings

Let me explain why I start chestnut seedlings. I think chestnut trees are one of the most important trees that you can add to your land and I think it is a shame that the American chestnut tree was decimated in the 20th century. This video is my how to guide for starting chestnut seedlings from cold stratified chestnuts.

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34 thoughts on “The Amazing Thing About Chestnut Seedlings

  1. We have a couple gallon bags in the freezer of chestnuts. They've been there for a few years. Do you think they'd still sprout?

  2. Avoid monoculture. Grow walnuts, hazelnuts, et al, trees and bushes too. Grow fruit bushes and trees as well. That will attract all the beneficial wildlife – pollinators and the insects who eat pests. Let the wildlife eat their fill and they'll fertilize your farm for the cost of some food.

  3. My Dad Had five BIG chestnuts in the front yard growing up,, We'd collect em up and eat the crap out of em in the fall ,, BUT YOU DO NOT want to mow over the savage , prickly , sticking husk and the run outside the next spring bare Footed as a kid ! Man I've hit the ground like I was shot ,, with a piece of Husk stuck in my foot ! But now at 57 years old , I'm digging up the volunteers from my neighbors ditch that has sprouted up to about 4 ft, and planting them in a clear cut parcel I deer hunt at ,,But for sure gonna try you method , Deer Love em and deer hunters will pay top dollar for them as bait and conservation .

  4. Can I germinate store bought chestnuts Morgan? I'm experimenting with 10 to see.. great posts. Love the Farm.

  5. Plant flats on the porch?
    "Look – how convenient! Master gave us new litter boxes!"
    – Pablo to Little Barn Cat

  6. Hello there. Im fouad from moroco i have seen your video about chestnut. I think its great what you are doing. I wish you all the best.😊😊 salam

  7. Hey Morgan, I've read that real American Chestnuts are rare as in almost non-existent in New England. How were you able to verify that the donor trees were American chestnuts?

  8. I have Chestnut trees growing near my house. I absolutly hate the smell when they bloom. Smells like 10k guys nutted on my yard.

  9. I live in new England, do you think I can just pop a few in the ground and they will sprout? (Granted nothing digs them up)

  10. Just watching this in November 2019, and there is an Apple/pear tree blight going through Pennsylvania right now!

  11. wouldn't it be easier and safer to the seedling to gently spread dump the nuts on the ground and pick through the sand? Just a suggestion. Oh, also I'm jealous of your lifestyle, ha ha. good and funny videos keep it up. From Buffalo, NY, the Miami of the North

  12. I never knew that chestnuts were as common as apples once! I grew up my whole life without ever seeing a chestnut before. I always heard the "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire" Christmas song and wondered "where are these chestnuts?!" I never knew there was a blight! That's so sad! :C

    Whenever I'm able to move out of the city I'll definitely plant some chestnut trees in my yard! I don't plan on having an entire farm, but a nice cottage with a garden and a few apple trees was the dream. I'll add a few chestnut trees to the list now! 😀

  13. I have about 30 good chestnuts, I’m not certain of how to store them until Spring.
    I thought about putting them in the refrigerator in a quart sized freezer bag simulating winter. I need some proven direction. Don’t want to loose them.
    Can you help?

  14. Sam O'Neal made a video on plant diseases and mentioned the chestnut blight. He isn't kid friendly, so parents don't let your kids watch. But he is very educational and has a bit of a dark sense of humor.

  15. If you're interested in growing chestnuts, I recommend checking out @BuildSoil on Twitter. He talks about how useful they are as carbon sinks, sources of firewood (coppiced), and as a source of carbohydrates. He talks about how to prepare them and eat them! They're really versatile and can be made into porridge, flour, bread, pasta … And you only need two or so trees to produce enough chestnuts to fulfill the carbohydrate needs of an adult! A great resource for anyone interested in mitigating climate change, improving the soil, or producing (at least some of) their own food and fuel!
    As far as I know scientists are still working on the American chestnut and its susceptibility to blight… European varieties such as Castanea sativa are resistant and can be planted and eaten just as well.

  16. Are you willing to swap seedlings? I’d like to have a diverse selection on our property, and bringing one or two from someone else (not tree farm) is bound to make for better trees

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