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Chestnut Planting

Chestnut must be planted not too deeply. The new roots need to grow into a soft, well aerated and not too cold ground. 

Chestnut climatic requirements:

Avoid areas:
  • High altitude, > 600m
  • Windy: crest, air lane,...
  • Shady: can yeald blanching
  • Facing due south to southwest: sunburn, thermal amplitudes.
  • Cold areas especially during autumn and spring after bud breaking.

Chestnut soil requirements:

Favoured soils:
  • Deep (>50 cm)
  • High power of filtration: level of clay <25% , fine alluvium <30%
  • Level of organic matter >2% with CEC >15
  • 5 < pH < 7

PLANTING A TREE

  • Dig a minimum hole 60 cms deep and sides of 80 cms.Planting seedlings of chestnuts
  • Drive stake at middle of hole.
  • Cut the death and broken roots.
  • Put the tree. The stake must be between the prevailing wind and the tree.
  • Fill the hole with a mix of 3/4 of ground and 1/4 of mould.
  • It is important to hold the graft point on top of the ground.
  • Pack down slightly with your foot and water.