Check your Chestnuts

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  1. cutman

    cutman Administrator Staff Member

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    I had the same thing happen with one of my AU Buck IV last year. I attributed it to being a happy little tree.
     
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    I saw a street CC tree do the same last week.
    I asked a chestnut buddy about it and had this exchange.

    ">Passed a chinese shestnut on the street a minute ago that was in
    >bloom. Seems strange this late in the year.

    Frost. It had to try again. Mine are blooming now too, hybrids and pure AC's

    >Didn't know that. Will they still produce nuts?

    yes, smaller nuts, but viable. Also, if a tree has no pollinator, it
    will try again in the fall in a good year."

    over on https://www.facebook.com/groups/272120753285618/?multi_permalinks=448959348935090,448372965660395&notif_id=1533859124205876&notif_t=group_activity&ref=notif
    a leading expert said

    "Vigorous chestnut trees in areas with long growing seasons will frequently do it. That's my situation. In other cases, trees that have had some type of damage early in the year will play catch-up."

    also note
    https://lists.psu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A1=ind1808&L=TACF-GROWERS
     
  3. mattpatt

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    This tree was grown from nuts picked up from a Buck IV.


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    Thanks for the info! Very good info. My trees are still very young and although there were mail catkins no female formed so nothing got pollinated.


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  5. Goldentriangle

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    I had this exact same thing happen on a Walmart Dunstan that I had in a 5 gal rootmaker. I bought them late in the season on sale. Decided to keep them in rootmakers until the fall instead of planting in July. It produced catkins around Aug 1st.


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    Dang caterpillars! I hope this tree holds on to these burs. IMG_1447.JPG IMG_1446.JPG


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    Dang! They’ve stripped that tree! I wonder what type of caterpillar?


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    I don’t know but when I checked it a month ago there wasn’t a single one on it.
     
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    http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/content/46/3/345.full

    Chinese Chestnut (Castanea mollissima) as a Niche Crop in the Central Region of the United States

    "A good chestnut article that doesn't get circulated very much, with an interesting discussion of second flowering in Chinese chestnuts-"

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/272120753285618/permalink/464650484032643/?__tn__=-R

    Source
     
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    Taken 9/4. My one and only chestnut burr is still going strong!


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    AU Buck 3. Saw it yesterday and thought of you, Matt.


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    LOL! Yeah, apparently it's a fairly common thing especially with young trees that didn't set nuts in the spring. Looks like all male catkins.
     
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    Gonna start documenting my Chestnut bur with weekly pics from now until harvest time. This is hopefully a late dropper so there may be quite a few pics. Lol


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