Sign in to follow this  
WNYBuckHunter

Growing Dunstan Chestnuts

Recommended Posts

I decided to try my hand at growing some Dunstan Chestnut trees, so I got 50 nuts that came from 2 different Dunstans. They are out in the garage now in a tupperware container, sitting in the dark. In the spring Im going to plant them in pots and keep them in an area where they should be safe from critters. Im hoping I get at least half of them to grow. After they grow in the pots for the next year or two, they will go out back into the woods, where I have an area that I am going to hinge cut and thin some of the larger trees out of over the next couple of years.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, WNYBuckHunter said:

I decided to try my hand at growing some Dunstan Chestnut trees, so I got 50 nuts that came from 2 different Dunstans. They are out in the garage now in a tupperware container, sitting in the dark. In the spring Im going to plant them in pots and keep them in an area where they should be safe from critters. Im hoping I get at least half of them to grow. After they grow in the pots for the next year or two, they will go out back into the woods, where I have an area that I am going to hinge cut and thin some of the larger trees out of over the next couple of years.

I might put my son to work on this.  He is a serious gardener.  Where did you get the nuts?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, moog5050 said:

I might put my son to work on this.  He is a serious gardener.  Where did you get the nuts?

A person on the internet. They sell them on ebay. I found the guy on a website and then followed the breadcrumbs to his ebay store. I spent like $25 on them, so not a big loss if they dont work.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You should place the nuts in a freezer bag or Tupperware with damp peatmoss..  need to be stored like that for 2 to 4 months. Fidge works if your garage is heated Just to get them to sprout, then when planted in pots you will need to protect from squirrels, chipmunks and mice. Not as easy at you would think.  Good luck 

  • Like 1

I've hunted almost everyday of my life.. the rest have been wasted!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, G-Man said:

You should place the nuts in a freezer bag or Tupperware with damp peatmoss..  need to be stored like that for 2 to 4 months. Fidge works if your garage is heated Just to get them to sprout, then when planted in pots you will need to protect from squirrels, chipmunks and mice. Not as easy at you would think.  Good luck 

Thats how I have them now. Unheated garage. There will be alot of tight wire mesh involved when I put them out in the pots.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wish you luck WNYBuckHunter, ł plan on getting an acre of Dunstans in over the course of the next 2 years. 

Have a 1 acre ledge ł must first clear before getting some mast bearing trees in. Keep us posted on how this pans out.

G-Man has given me some solid advice, one of many knowledgeable stewards of NY Forest that can be found on this forum.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Do not under estimate the ability of squirrels to get your nuts! One year I placed some shagbark hickory nuts in Tupperware containers to over winter in an outside storage shed. Come Spring when I wanted to plant them, I had-   a big mess. Critters chewed through the Tupperware and destroyed every single one.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

WNY doing the same thing... my are in the fridge for a month now, also got 10 or so oaks and they are already sprouted and inside growing,  I got my seeds from I think it was pike count chestnuts 3lbs for like 7 bucks I think...Theres  a guy on Youtube that can give you lots of advise... Erie co.chestnuts

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

just checked my nuts/seeds they are starting to sprout a root just shy of 60days in fridge im  going to transplant them into cups with potting soil very soon and put them next to south facing window... i did some oaks like this and they are about 3in high with leaves on

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

yeah a week ago i didnt see anything and know the ones i checked are 1/8th to 1/4inch root.... just ordered seedling planters and mircale grow soil on amazon...soon as that arrives ill be on to next step

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What kind of failure rate did u have with those nut/seeds?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
24 minutes ago, land 1 said:

yeah a week ago i didnt see anything and know the ones i checked are 1/8th to 1/4inch root.... just ordered seedling planters and mircale grow soil on amazon...soon as that arrives ill be on to next step

Do not fert them at all 1st year you can burn them quite easily they have enough food stored from the nut itself.. best case is you cause shallow rooting and they die in 2 years.. biggest mistake people make with nuts and bare root trees.. best let them grow on their own..water as necessary but no fertalizer required...


I've hunted almost everyday of my life.. the rest have been wasted!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

so no  potting soil...just regular dirt....havent checked all the nuts but the ones i did check have tap root

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

well checked some more of the nuts most have a tap root started from just starting a root to an inch long anything with a tap root will be transplanted this weekend into 4in seedling starters the rest ill put back in fridge and see if they  sprout a root, threw three nuts out that had mold on them

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

so i got 30 nuts with tape roots that i put in planters about 10 without that went back in fridge and tossed about 8 or 10 with mold....

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.