Chestnut trees at Home Depot

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  1. THE LLC

    THE LLC Well-Known Member

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    Can't imagine buying chestnut trees. Chinese chestnuts are one of the easiest trees to grow from nuts, and if tubed and cared for, will produce nuts in three to four years.
     
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    I can’t imagine taking three to four years not to mention the time involved to grow a tree when you can spend $10 and put a tree in the ground that will produce a few nuts the following year.

    For lots of planting’s nuts are the way to go but for adding 2-3 trees a year you can’t go wrong with grabbing clearance trees from one of the many retailers who are selling them now.

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  3. THE LLC

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    Yeah, but I can grow 100 for nothing. And, in the long run, they seem to do better than trees from home stores. Not to say I wouldn't do it if the deal was right, just can't imagine it.
     
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    I’m trying to get setup that way myself with my home orchard. The goal is to be self sufficient and harvest my own nuts from my home orchard and plant them where we hunt. Just takes time and these clearance trees are helping me get to production at my home orchard a little quicker.


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  5. Fishman

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    I bought two 7-gallon Dunstans at my local Walmart last week for $19 a piece. I thought I was getting a pretty good deal for really good looking 8.5 foot trees. I had a meeting on the other side of the state today and used my lunch break productively to see what the local Walmart there had. Their trees looked rough, but the 3-gallon trees were $7.80 while the 7-gallon trees were $14.80. Using the knowledge I acquired here, I asked the garden center manager if she would cut a deal on three 3-gallon trees since they looked better than the larger trees. I was hoping to get them for $5 a piece. She initially looked at me funny, but then decided to do another price drop on them. She marked them down to $3.90 a piece so I wound up buying four trees. These 3-gallon trees are over 6 feet and two of the four have catkins.

    I bought a 3-gallon clearance Dunstan last year that had a bur on it when I bought it and produced three nuts as a two-year-old tree. I realize that trees are easy to grow and I am currently growing several hundred oaks, but if I can buy 6-foot tree for $3.90 I am going to save a few years. If I could find good producing 6-foot oaks for this price, I would probably just plant trees and not grow them.
     
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    $3.90 for ~2 years of time,water,fert,media,protection seems a good deal to me

    bill
     
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    Nice find. My HDs, Wallys & TSCs never have the good stuff. Either that or I’m always too late
     
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    This article will tell you why that is undesirable and - perhaps - help some of our fellow chestnut lovers with regard to pruning issues.
    http://www.canr.msu.edu/chestnuts/horticultural_care/pruning
     
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    great read

    thanks,oak seeds

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    TD ... your welcome; may you and everyone else visiting this site have a wonderful fathers day. I suspect many will spend or would like to spend it working on habitat projects
     
  11. Cap'n

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    I went in to Walmart yesterday to see if I could make a deal on the remaining Chestnuts they have. Manager wasn't there. I'm planning to go back tomorrow. I figured they would all be gone by now but it didn't look like anymore had been bought since I got my last 2 for 1/2 off.
    It amazes me how people will spend so much money on BOB food plot seed and not grab a tree that would be there feeding wildlife for generations.
     
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    Any word on how the clearance tree finds are going this year? If it wasn’t for this COVID-19 BS I’d be at my local Wal-Mart tomorrow to see what’s left but that’s the last place I really want to go right now even if it is just to the garden section.


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  13. Fishman

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    The WalMart nearest me still had over 30 3-gallon chestnuts last week. They were still there after two weeks of being marked down to $15. I have told myself that I won't buy anymore chestnuts since I have bought quite a few over the past three years and I am also growing them. Chestnut Hills shipped mulberries, persimmon, and crabapples in addition to the chestnuts this year. The mulberries and crabapples went quick around me, but they only shipped a few trees (4-6) to each store.

    The inventory listed at these links may or may not be 100% accurate. The prices are accurate though. Just type in your zip code.

    3-Gallon Chestnuts
    https://brickseek.com/walmart-inventory-checker/?sku=843362951

    7-Gallon Chestnuts
    https://brickseek.com/walmart-inventory-checker/?sku=922781514

    3-Gallon Mulberries
    https://brickseek.com/walmart-inventory-checker/?sku=370515468

    3-Gallon Persimmon
    https://brickseek.com/walmart-inventory-checker/?sku=288270048

    3-Gallon Crabapples
    https://brickseek.com/walmart-inventory-checker/?sku=803398755
     
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  14. chad whittington

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    Wally World quite a bit more than my little local tree farm


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  15. THE LLC

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    Wouldn't say DON'T do it, if you want too. If you want to start you're own though, just ask on here and somebody will send you all the seeds you want I bet.
     
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    Yes but they make excellent rootstock for grafting something much better. That’s what I use them for.

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    I bought 4 of these (2 year olds) from Walmart this weekend, I WAS window shopping until I saw a burr growing on one of the 2 year olds. Not sure why that triggered my habitat addiction, they are trees from Chestnut Hill which is impressive for Wally World. I will trim the circling roots and transplant them into bigger pots then wait till fall to plant. Very dry summer and the wrong time to plant for the location, watering during dry spells is a problem for my property so fall is more ideal.
    I was planning on waiting till fall when the price drops to buy these, but most of the 2 year old trees were already sold and alot of brown on the edges of leaves with what was left. The 3 year old trees are like 9' tall but were more than this window shopper wanted to spend that day and they wont fit into my trailblazer lol
    I always try to keep an eye out in the fall for "the sales" but I always seem to be a day late with that.

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